The Hoosiers came to town to face the Nittany Lions and offense happened all over. In a game that saw over 1,000 total yards of offense, every record that was within reach for individual players seemed to get broken today.
Allen Robinson needed just one catch to break the Penn State single season receptions record. He had 10 for 197 yards and 3 touchdowns. Matt McGloin needed 3 touchdown passes to set the career mark. He had 4. He needed 328 yards to set the single season passing record. He had 395. Zwinak was within just a few yards of re-setting his career high of 141, set last week.
Penn State wasn’t the only team putting up numbers, though.
Indiana quarterback Chase Coffman joined in with 454 passing yards of his own on 33-59 passing. 79 of those came on a one-play “drive” early in the 2nd half. In the shadow of Allen Robinson, Indiana wide receiver Shane Wynn had a quiet 10 catch, 108 yard performance.
Despite Indiana collecting 23 first downs and running 85 offensive plays, the Penn State defense tightened up when it needed to. The Nittany Lions, who lost defensive leader Michael Mauti in the third quarter, held the Hoosiers to 3 of 17 3rd down conversions and a 50% scoring rate in the red zone.
Defensive coordinator Ted Roof said “They’re gonna get yards because they’re so fast.” He added “You just have to keep playing, that’s what the game of football is.” I asked Roof if they were expecting Indian to run the offense this fast and if they were able to replicate that with the scout team. “As best we can. With out numbers the way they are right now, it’s tough. They run at warp speed.”
Coach O’Brien and Coach Roof were both visibly emotional when speaking about Mauti’s knee injury but both stated that they have no real information about it.
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