Penn State Football: Keys to the Game (Game #11 – Indiana Hoosiers)

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Pound the Rock!

 

Nov 10, 2012; Lincoln, NE, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Zach Zwinak (28) sprints to the touchdown against Nebraska Cornhuskers defenders Daimion Stafford (3) and P.J. Smith (13) at Memorial Stadium in the first half. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-US PRESSWIRE

 

Basketball season has just tipped off and the Indiana Hoosiers are currently rated as the #1 team in the country.  In honor of such a high ranking, I thought I would incorporate a little basketball lingo into my football lexicon.

No matter how you describe a football, whether it be a football, the pigskin, or even the rock, this first key to a Penn State win should be obvious to those watching the Big Ten; Penn State is going to run, run, and run the ball some more come Saturday!  The Hoosiers rank dead last in the conference and in nearly all of the FBS in rushing defense.  They give up an average of 244.0 rushing yards per game.  Last week, Wisconsin rushed for 564 yards on 64 carries.  For those without calculators handy, that works out to a mere 8.8 yards per carry.  My goodness!  They nearly averaged a first down every time they toted the rock, and they did so 64 times!  The Hoosiers rushing defense was so bad that Wisconsin only threw the ball 7 times all game!

If Penn State finds it difficult to run on these guys, then they are never going to find it easy to run.  Surely a rusher like Zwinak should be a shoe-in for a 100-yard game barring something unforeseen happening.  Even other running back likes Micahel Zordich or even Bill Belton could have 100-yards on the ground.

Indiana isn’t going to roll over and just allow Penn State these rushing yards, they are at least going to have to earn them.  The offensive line, which has been maligned the past couple of weeks, is going to need to open some holes for the backs.  Players like center Matt Stankiewitch and OGs John Urschel and Miles Dieffenbach will be needed to get a push on Indiana’s talented defensive tackles Adam Replogle and Larry Black, Jr.  If they can, it should be a great day for the Penn State running backs.

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