Halftime Thoughts: Buffalo 10, Penn State 7

By Jarrod Prugar on September 7, 2019 at 9:04 pm
Sep 7, 2019; University Park, PA, USA; Buffalo Bulls quarterback Matt Myers (10) looks to throw a pass during the first quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports
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In what could be considered the polar opposite of last week, Penn State has struggled mightily early against Buffalo. The Nittany Lions have failed to generate any type of offense save for a Jahan Dotson touchdown reception in the first quarter.

  • Penn State is getting worked up front early on both sides of the football. The protection for Sean Clifford did get a little better later in the half, but the offense has still struggled to get anything going. Buffalo's offensive line was able to get to the second level quite a bit and that usually doesn't bode well for the defense. 
  • Buffalo is keeping the ball out of the Penn State offense's hands and it's working. They've controlled possession for nearly 17 minutes, and have generally kept the ball away from the playmakers for Penn State.
  • Clifford and the offense have failed to muster anything significant early and it's showed as the Nittany Lions have had one drive last more than six plays. Hamler has been relatively quiet with only two receptions for 17 yards and two drops. 

Penn State has to adjust to the play up front on both sides should they expect to regain the lead in the second half. Buffalo came out of the gates ready and the Nittany Lions failed to adjust in the first half.

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