Biggest Win #3
Penn State came into the annual Whiteout game after being thrashed by Michigan the week before. Under James Franklin, this is where seasons would start to go sideways for the Nittany Lions.
That was not the case this year. Penn State started the game timid but ultimately pulled away in impressive fashion. The 45 points were the most the Golden Gophers gave up all season by a wide margin. The 28-point margin of defeat was also the most lopsided loss Minnesota suffered all season.
The defense kept Mohamed Ibrahim in check after Michigan ran through their defense the week before. The defense was also able to hold Minnesota under 200 yards passing with the late scratch of Tanner Morgan.
The offense was well-balanced, and Tight End Theo Johnson got rolling for the first time in the season. Both of the freshman Running Backs accumulated over 75 yards on the ground and two touchdowns.
A win during the Whiteout game is also huge for recruiting. Penn State hosted over 100 recruits for this game. A dominating win in an atmosphere that can’t be matched, goes a long way to impress potential commits.