Halftime Thoughts: Iowa 24, Penn State 7

By Matthew Filipovits on November 21, 2020 at 5:11 pm
Nov 21, 2020; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Will Levis (7) drops back to pass against the Iowa Hawkeyes during the first quarter at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
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Penn State is again trailing at the half after an abysmal start. Here are some thoughts as the Nittany Lions find themselves in a big hole.

  • Will Levis got the start and has played pretty well all things considered. He hasn't been asked to make all that difficult of throws, but he's been great at finding the open man. The biggest concern with him has always been his short accuracy, but he's passed that test so far.
  • Kirk Ciarrocca is calling a remarkably predictable game. His insistence on running inside zone in every late down-short yardage situation (except for a horrible deep shot on a fourth down), has killed more than a few drives.
  • This offensive line is still a work in progress. They're being overpowered on most running plays, which has led to a measly 56 first-half rushing yards for the Nittany Lions.
  • Jahan Dotson rules.
  • Penn State's best defensive series came with Dixon-Brooks-Jacobs in at linebacker. For some reason, the staff hasn't used that unit again.
  • This secondary, especially the safeties, are not up to the challenge. It may be time to mix some things up back there.
  • There isn't all that much else that can be said. This is a broken team in a broken season. James Franklin needs to light a fire under his team or things are only going to get worse.