Penn State fans are likely still in shock after the outcome of the game at Indiana. The Nittany Lions were dominated the entire game and lost to the Hoosiers for the first time ever. Indiana’s high-powered, fast-paced offense presented numerous problems for a Penn State defense that has looked vulnerable all season.
The Hoosiers racked up 486 total yards and 44 points en route to the 20-point victory over the favored Nittany Lions.
While the outcome was not what was expected for the Nittany Lions, there were some bright spots. Let’s take a look at the Penn State players of the game in the losing effort.
Offense: Allen Robinson, 12 receptions, 173 yards, 2 touchdowns
Wide receiver Allen Robinson continued his dominance against the Hoosiers. In this game, he caught a whopping 12 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns. Robinson was one of the few positives that can be taken away from this game. Despite facing double coverage for most of the game, he was still able to get free and put up a huge performance.
On a day where the running game was unable to get going, it was up to Robinson and the passing attack to keep the Nittany Lions in the game. Indiana has actually been much better against the pass than against the run this season, but it was quite the opposite on Saturday. Penn State was held to just 70 yards on the ground.
Player of the game honors could have gone to quarterback Christian Hackenberg due to his 340 yards and three touchdowns, but the yards came as a result of him having to throw often. He completed just over 50 percent of his passes.
After a disappointing loss, at least the Nittany Lions can celebrate the fact that their best receiver is still in top form and one of the best in the entire country.
Honorable Mention: Christian Hackenberg, Bill Belton
Defense: Mike Hull, 6 solo tackles, 10 total tackles, 0.5 sacks
After giving up 44 points and a ton of yards, it’s hard to think that any of the Penn State defensive players could earn this honor. However, as bad as the overall performance was, a few Nittany Lions stood out on the defensive side of the ball. Linebacker Mike Hull, who was making his return from an injury, did all he could to help the Nittany Lions try to pull out a victory. Hull recorded 10 total tackles and got credit for half a sack.
Fellow linebacker Glenn Carson also had a solid game, making 10 total tackles, including nine that were solo.
Penn State had a tough time defending the up-tempo Hoosiers and forced just one turnover, an Adrian Amos interception. The defense has struggled a bit all season, but have gotten around it for the most part. Things won’t get any easier now, as Michigan and Ohio State are Penn State’s next two opponents.
Honorable Mention: Glenn Carson, Jordan Lucas
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