Penn State got off to a slow start Saturday, and believe it not, actually trailed EMU 7-0 for a brief time after the Eagles returned a Christian Hackenberg fumble for a touchdown late in the first quarter. However, it was only a matter of time before the offense got on track, and the Lions reeled off 45 straight to cruise to a 45-7 win. Here are my week 2 players of the game.
Offense: Bill Belton, 9 Carries, 108 yards, 2 TDs, 1 reception 21 yards
A week after struggling to get much going on the ground as a team, and a year removed from a disappointing 2012 season, Bill Belton was the one to finally break open the Penn State rushing attack. All told, the PSU tailbacks rushed for a total of 267 yards, but it was Belton who finally took advantage of the opportunity to display his quickness. On his first score, he easily made an EMU defender miss in the backfield, to stroll in from 5 yards out in the 2nd quarter. Then in the 4th quarter, he hit the hole quickly, and outran everyone for a 51 yard score.
If Penn State is going to have a successful season, they will need more days like this from Belton. After never playing at 100% in 2012, it was great to see him back at full speed, and showing that promise that had the coaching staff raving.
Honorable Mention: Akeel Lynch, Christian Hackenberg, Allen Robinson
Defense: DaQuan Jones, 4 solo tackles, 5 assists, 2 TFL, 1 sack
DaQuan could have very easily received my vote last week after a very strong performance versus the Orange. Eastern Michigan was able to move the ball on the ground early, but lead by Jones in the middle of the line, the PSU defense really took over, holding the Eagles to just 61 yards on 35 carries (sacks included). The stronger Jones, along with Deion Barnes, looks, the more guys like Austin Johnson, Kyle Baublitz, C.J. Olaniyan, and Anthony Zettel will be freed up to make plays.
Honorable Mention: Glenn Carson, Nyeem Wartman, C.J. Olaniyan
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