The Penn State Nittany Lions are still looking for a Big Ten road win this season. The Nittany Lions really struggled at Minnesota, especially on offense, and lost 24-10 to the Golden Gophers. The loss was Penn State’s third-straight conference road loss and was preceded by defeats at Ohio State and Indiana. For the Gophers, they now have their first four-game conference winning streak.
After 34 total points in the first half, the game between Penn State and Minnesota turned into a classic Big Ten battle in the second half with a lot of defense and punts. The Nittany Lions were ineffective on offense the entire day, especially through the air. Minnesota started hot in the first half and did just enough in the second half in order to secure the victory.
The Gophers were led by quarterback Phillip Nelson and running back David Cobb. Nelson accounted for two touchdowns and Cobb rushed for 139 yards and a touchdown.
The Penn State defense struggled to stop the Golden Gophers in the first half, but really locked down and prevented Minnesota from scoring in the second half. Minnesota gained just 140 yards after halftime. Unfortunately, as good as the Nittany Lions were on defense, the offense was just as bad.
Penn State couldn’t get anything going in the second half until the fourth quarter when the Nittany Lions looked ready to make it a one-possession game. Unfortunately, quarterback Christian Hackenberg fumbled a snap and lost the ball on the goal line, ending any chance at another fourth-quarter comeback.
This was the third week in a row that the Nittany Lions really struggled on the offensive side of the ball.
The Nittany Lions put up just 10 points and managed only 353 total yards. Hackenberg had a pretty poor performance, throwing for just 163 yards and committing the costly turnover in the fourth quarter. Wide receiver Allen Robinson was held in check, making seven grabs but managing just 63 yards.
The lone bright spot for the Nittany Lions was running back Zach Zwinak, who rushed for 150 yards and a touchdown.
Penn State gets back to the friendly confines of Beaver Stadium when the Purdue Boilermakers come in for another conference matchup next week.
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