Halftime Thoughts: Nebraska 27, Penn State 6

By Matthew Filipovits on November 14, 2020 at 1:38 pm
Nov 7, 2020; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin walks off the field taking notes following the game against the Maryland Terrapins at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
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Well, here we are again! Penn State is getting destroyed by a Nebraska team that hasn't won a game in nearly a calendar year. Here are some thoughts on a horrible, no-good, very bad game:

  • Sean Clifford had been sacked more than any other quarterback heading into this week, so the staff deciding to change things up. Will Fries slide over to guard to start things off, while Caedan Wallace starting at right tackle. It's been a good decision so far, with Clifford having a lot more time to work.
  • The bad part is, well, Clifford hasn't actually taken advantage of that extra time. He's still locking on to his first read, allowing defensive backs to easily read his eyes. A bad pick and not throwing to a wide-open Brenton Strange in the end zone have really flipped this game on its head.
  • In the end, the inevitable has happened and Will Levis is in. At the very least, the sophomore looks decisive with the football. Small victories here in 2020.
  • Caziah Holmes wants this to be his backfield. He's running better than any other back has all season. Keep feeding him the ball.
  • Kirk Ciarrocca is calling the most predictable game you can imagine. For a guy as experienced as he is, I should not be able to correctly predict when a quarterback draw is coming from my couch.
  • Penn State has mustered just 20 first-half points total in their first four games. James Franklin's teams have always started slow, but this is a whole new level. 
  • This defense looks bad. Like, really bad. There's no fire in this team and it's really starting to show. Brent Pry needs to figure out what's going on, or he might not be here in a few weeks.
  • I don't know what Penn State's safeties are doing out there. They look lost and out of place on pretty much every play. 
  • Stupid penalties are killing this team, once again. Brandon Smith probably did not deserve to get hit with a personal foul, but CJ Thorpe for sure made a mistake by laying on a dude. I get you want to fire up your team, but that isn't the way.
  • If there's a silver lining, it's that the offense actually looks competent with Levis in there. This is an uphill battle, but Will Levis can lock himself into that starting role with a second-half comeback.
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