Run Game, Defense Impressive in Penn State’s Rout of Indiana State
The Penn State Nittany Lions welcomed the Indiana State Sycamores to Happy Valley today by rolling them 41-7.
Chaz Powell set the tone early by returning the opening kickoff all the way to the house, and the Nittany Lions never looked back.
Running back Silas Redd carried the ball 12 times for 104 yards, 94 of which came in the second quarter. He also had two touchdowns.
Penn State scored 41 consecutive points and ran for a total of 245 yards on the afternoon, while keeping the Sycamores to 170 yards of total offense.
The offensive line looked great when run blocking, but struggled in pass protection.
Both Rob Bolden and Matt McGloin took a few hits while under center, and neither one was especially effective.
Bolden, a true sophomore, was given the reigns in the first quarter. He completed six of 12 passes for 37 yards on the day, but wasn’t helped out by receivers an awful lot. He made a few nice short throws – which has been his weakness – including an absolute beauty of a needle-threading job into triple coverage.
Redshirt junior McGloin, who played the second quarter and essentially half of the rest of the snaps, finished six-of-eight for 77 yards.
Neither QB was very impressive, which could be a huge problem next week when the no. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide visit Happy Valley. The Nittany Lions will likely depend on the run game and the defense to keep the game close, and hope the quarterback(s) take care of the ball.