Penn State plays its final home game today against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The Nittany Lions are coming off a 45-21 win over Purdue, while the Cornhuskers were defeated 41-28 by the Michigan State Spartans last week. Penn State has yet to beat Nebraska since the ‘Huskers joined the Big Ten. Last year’s contest looked like a Penn State victory before a controversial call on a fumble in the end zone changed the momentum of the game. The Nittany Lions will certainly have revenge on their minds today.
If you are planning on being in front of a TV for the game, it’s on the Big Ten Network at 3:30 pm EST. If you can’t get to a TV, the game is streaming live on BTN2Go.
Below are some of my thoughts as we approach kickoff in Penn State’s home finale.
• Today is Senior Day, the final chance for 17 members of the Nittany Lions to play in front of the Beaver Stadium crowd. While last year’s senior class earned much praise and support for performing so well in the face of unbelievable obstacles, this current class could be forgotten due to the lack of stars it has. However, let’s not forget that this current group actually had two separate opportunities to switch schools.
• All of a sudden, Penn State has started playing really well on defense. After struggling for much of the season, the Nittany Lions have made some adjustments in recent weeks. Over the last six quarters, Penn State has given up just 14 points. Last week, the Nittany Lions held Purdue to 264 total yards and just 41 yards on the ground. Nebraska is fourth in the Big Ten in total offense and could present a challenge with a run game that has averaged over 240 yards a game.
• Wide receiver Allen Robinson is in the middle of another great season. He currently has 81 catches for 1,204 yards and six touchdowns. His eight-catch performance last week moved him into a tie for third place with Derrick Williams with 161 career receptions. Today could be the talented junior’s last game at Beaver Stadium, as there’s been much talk of him being a high NFL draft pick. Look for Robinson to have a big day today and continue to solidify his spot as one of the best receivers in Penn State history.
Last week’s victory assured Penn State a .500 season. With a win today, the Nittany Lions would head to Wisconsin with an opportunity to match last year’s record with eight wins.
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