Coming off a dominating 30-0 win over Maryland, the Penn State Nittany Lions looked to continue their hot streak today as they traveled to New Jersey to take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Penn State walked away from this game with a massive victory, 55-10.
The Penn State football team showed up, and showed out, today in New Jersey. After falling behind early on in the game, the Nittany Lions switched gears and steamrolled over the Scarlet Knights. Here are today’s game balls, one for each aspect of the game. Looking ahead, the Nittany Lions will hope to get to their fourth New Year’s Six bowl game in the past seven years.
Offense- Kaytron Allen, RB
Kaytron Allen had a stellar day for the Penn State offense. Allen comes into this game coming off a decent day against Maryland. Allen picked up 73 yards on 16 attempts against Maryland, which is nothing to scoff at. However, today was a much better day for Allen.
Allen finished the day with 117 yards and one touchdown on 11 rushing attempts. He also broke away for a 59-yard run in the third quarter to set up an 8-yard touchdown run by none other than… himself. The duo of Kaytron Allen and Nicholas Singleton have proved to be lethal. With today’s game, Allen and Singleton are the first, and only, freshmen duo in B1G history to each have 700+ rushing yards in the same season.
Defense- Kobe King, LB
The Penn State Nittany Lions defense had an absolutely stellar day. But, what a day for the Nittany Lions linebacker, Kobe King. King continued his great play with a dominant performance on the defensive side of the ball. Last week, King picked up two total tackles, both coming off of solo tackles. However, this week couldn’t have been more different.
King walked out of New Jersey leading the team with six total tackles off of two solos, and four assisted tackles. However, King also picked up a fumble recovery for a touchdown in the first quarter to give the Nittany Lions the 14-10 lead. On a spark by King, Penn State wouldn’t look back and would dominate Rutgers.
Special Teams- Jake Pinegar, K
This one was a bit of a toss-up. While Nicholas Singleton picked up arguably the biggest plays of the game for the Penn State kick return unit, Jake Pinegar was just lights out today. Giving credit where it’s due, Singleton turned the game around with his 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, and he deserves a ton of credit for that.
However, Jake Pinegar just continued to be lights out with today’s performance. Pinegar picked up one field goal from 22-yards away. The bigger story here is that Pinegar went 100% on his extra points on the day. He connected with all six opportunities, as well as became the extra points record holder with 184. He more than did his part to ensure the team walked away with the win.