Penn State looks to rebound from first loss of the Year
Before its bye week, Penn State collided with then-No. 4 Ohio State at Beaver Stadium. Things were looking good for the Nittany Lions to improve to 5-0 on the season as they led the Buckeyes 26-14 with eight minutes remaining in the game. But two late strikes by Dwayne Haskins resulted in a narrow 27-26 Ohio State win in Week 5. Penn State currently has had two weeks to stew over this loss and will look to release that anger upon Michigan State at Week 7.
Penn State has a tremendous offense that has averaged 49.6 points per game, fifth-most in the country. The Nittany Lions are led by older dual-threat quarterback Trace McSorley, who has thrown for 1,049 yards with 10 touchdowns and two interceptions while rushing for 410 yards and six TDs as well. Furthermore, they have junior running Miles Sanders, who ranks 26th in the NCAA with 538 rushing yards and has scored six touchdowns. Defensively, Penn State has allowed 21 points a game that ranks 34th in the country, and senior cornerback Amani Oruwariye has made passing difficult since he’s two interceptions.
Last year, Michigan State hosted Penn State and pulled off the upset as it was ranked No. 24 while the Nittany Lions were ranked No. 7. Penn State carried a 24-21 lead into the fourth quarter but had been closed out and hauled to only 87 yards in the final quarter, while Michigan State finished two field goals to fasten the 27-24 win. The Spartans limited the Nittany Lions to only 65 rushing yards in the game, including shutting down Saquon Barkley for just 63 yards. Then-sophomore Brian Lewerke tossed 400 yards and two touchdowns in the win, while Trace McSorley threw a season-high 381 metres while tacking on three touchdowns of his own about the side.
Michigan State struggling this season Michigan State saw its two-game winning streak come to a conclusion last week since it fell 29-19 to Northwestern, the Spartans’ second loss of the season. Michigan State seemed to be trending in the ideal direction before the reduction, putting up 66 combined points in its victories over Indiana and Central Michigan while racking up 695 total yards of offense. However, turnovers were a glaring issue as junior quarterback Brian Lewerke threw two touchdowns but also threw three interceptions in these 2 games.
The Spartans typical 27.2 points per game, that is 85th in the nation, and Lewerke has thrown for 1,328 yards with six TDs and six interceptions on the year. Defensively, though, Michigan State has been quite strong, allowing 23.4 points per game, which is 41st in the NCAA, and giving up just 33.8 rush yards per game, that is the best mark in the nation by a long shot. Junior defensive end Kenny Willekes has been a nightmare for offensive linemen, racking up four sacks and 16 solo tackles throughout the first five games. The Spartans will want to prevent the Nittany Lions run sport if they need a chance to win.
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