My immediate reaction yesterday was to define the problem as being the OLine. But I didn't want to the blame to young men in college that are going to school and playing football. But some of the blame does lie with them. Gesicki with his extremely poor blocking (not all the time but certainly much more frequently than should be the case) and others on the oline just flat out whiffing on blocks. I said it earlier in the season as this problem started to manifest itself, that it showed the value of Gaia. All the blockers have to be on the same page AND THEY HAVE TO HIT SOMEBODY. Too many times too many defenders went unblocked, leaving the best player in college football with nowhere to run.
What we ALL should be acknowledging is the failure of the coaches and the failure of the scheme to adjust and adapt and to protect Saquon. That was a failure by JoMO. That was a failure by Limegrover. That was a failure by Rahne. That was a failure by CJF. ALL of them were out-thought, out-schemed, and out-coached, over and over and over again, as the running game failed to evolve and be productive.
The problem wasn't Trace. Period. Whoever's pushing that message is delusional.
That failure by the coaches is what ultimately cost those two games. Run the ball, control the ball and the clock, and PSU wins those tow games and is in the CFP.