Penn State Nittany Lions fans have every right to be equally hopeful and fearful these days. The squad has put together an amazing string of victories after beginning the year 2-2, but anytime they are locked into a competitive game in the second half, blood pressures understandably rise given just how much is on the line.
The squad went into their matchup against the Hoosiers in Indiana having won six games in a row, but the score was tied at halftime and the Hoosiers took a three-point lead into the fourth quarter.
In the final 15 minutes, PSU absolutely exploded, scoring 24 points and leaving town with a 45-31 victory. Despite the high score, it turned out to be a grind-it-out affair for the boys from Happy Valley. Heisman Trophy-contender Saquan Berkeley was held to just 60 yards on a workmanlike 33 carries, but his totals did include two important rushing touchdowns. Take away his 21-yard gain, and he actually ran for just 39 yards on 32 carries – a total that would be historically dismal were it not for the sizable gain.
Quarterback Trace McSorley passed for 332 yards on just 16 completions, but suffered his first multi-interception game this season. Coincidentally, both squads racked up exactly 20 first downs throughout an afternoon that featured plenty of offensive production. The ultimate story was the fact that the Hoosiers fumbled five times and lost every single one to the Nittany Lions.
These turnovers proved especially costly in the final frame, when Penn State pulled away and continued to give their fans hope that they can actually finish in the top half dozen teams in the nation if things go right over the last few weeks. They are ranked #9 in the most recent AP polls.
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