As expected, Penn State dominated much of Saturday’s game against the now 1-9 Purdue Boilermakers, en route to a 45-21 victory. There were strong performances from several players, but here are the players of the game.
Offense: Zach Zwinak 26 carries, 149 yards, 3 TDs
For the second straight week, Zach Zwinak entered the game as Bill Belton’s backup, but finished the game as PSU’s leading rusher. Following a Belton fumble in the first half (his 3rd lost fumble of the season). After losing the starting job following a costly fumble against Michigan, Zwinak appears to not only have solved the ball security issues, but also regained the powerful form that lead to a 1,000 yard season in 2012. His 12 touchdowns this season rank 9th all time for a single season.
Honorable Mention: Bill Belton, Adam Breneman,
Defense: Adrian Amos, 8 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks
When he is on his game, Adrian Amos may be the most dangerous player on the PSU defense. He has bounced back and forth between safety and corner this season, as the staff has tried to find a combination that works in the secondary. Against the Boilermakers, Amos was all around the ball, providing big tackles against the Purdue screen game, and contributing 1.5 sacks, both of which came at key moments. On a defense looking to find itself in the home stretch of the season, Amos provided a huge spark.
Honorable Mention: Jordan Lucas, Deion Barnes
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