It was bound to end at some point, but I don’t think even the most optimistic IU football fan could have envisioned the way it happened today. The Hoosiers controlled the game more or less from start to finish in a dominating 44-24 win in Memorial Stadium. The win was the first ever for Indiana over Penn State in 17 meetings.
The Lions were never able to get on track on either side of the ball. Indiana came into the game atrocious against the run, but PSU ended with just 78 yards on 38 carries. PSU’s three headed monster at tailback accounted for merely 110 yards on 30 carries. Zach Zwinak lead that group with 17 carries for 72 yards. The lack of running game forced Christian Hackenberg to the air a remarkable 55 times. 30 of those were completed for 340 yards and 3 touchdowns. 12 of those passes went to Allen Robinson, who also scored twice.
The PSU defense was never able to consistently contain the high powered Indiana attack. The Hoosiers put up nearly 486 yards, 336 of which came through the air, and kept John Butler’s defense off balance all day.
From the very beginning, Penn State either looked disinterested in the game, or like they expected to walk away with a win because of who they are. Perhaps most troubling is how little heart PSU showed when the most was needed. Bill O’Brien has his work cut out for him this coming week with Michigan coming to town Saturday evening for Homecoming.
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