The Penn State Nittany Lions head home to Beaver Stadium this week for a chance to bounce back from a disappointing loss at Minnesota. The best remedy for a bad performance is a matchup against a team that’s been playing very poorly as of late. That’s exactly what the Nittany Lions get this week when the Purdue Boilermakers come to town.
Last week at Minnesota, the Nittany Lions really struggled on both sides of the ball. The defense gave up 24 points in the first half, but were able to make adjustments and pitch a shutout during the second half. On offense, Penn State managed just 10 points and failed to take advantage of several opportunities.
Young quarterback Christian Hackenberg really struggled, throwing for just 163 yards and committing a costly fumble on the goal line in the fourth quarter. The team as a whole played a poor game and will look to turn things around this week against a Purdue defense that has had a hard time stopping opposing offenses this year.
This week’s game should be the perfect opportunity for Penn State to rebound from last week’s defeat, as the Boilermakers enter as one of the worst teams in the Big Ten Conference. Purdue has lost seven straight games and has failed to win a conference game this season.
The Boilermakers are coming off a home game in which they were defeated 38-14 by Iowa. In that game, they managed just 266 yards of total offense. For the season, Purdue is the last-ranked offense in the conference, averaging a measly 259.1 yards a game.
Crazy things always happen in college football, meaning that Purdue has a shot, though unlikely, at Beaver Stadium. However, if things fall as they should, Saturday’s matchup should be a good way for Penn State to get over losing last week and get back into the win column.
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