Penn State's Big Ten schedule is officially upon us. There are no more safe non-conference games and even though the Nittany Lions were 4-1 coming into Homecoming weekend against Indiana, many believed this game to be Penn State's biggest test so far this season. For all the negativity surrounding the team's play over the last few weeks, Penn State shrugged off the naysayers and with some help from now Dual Threat Quarterback Christian Hackenberg, the Nittany Lions pulled together their best win so far this year.
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- As stated above, this win is without a doubt Penn State's best of the season. And for once this year, John Donovan's offense looked to have a clear plan of attack instead of check downs and unnecessary trick plays. With the defense only giving up one touchdown drive, the offense finally stepped up and put up points instead of stalling like we've seen over the past few frustrating weeks. Let's hope this continues into the tougher weeks to come.
- Christian Hackenberg went 21 for 39 -- a statistic that could have been a lot higher if receivers caught the ball in the first half of the game -- and basically ran this game (pun intended) from start to finish. Besides throwing the deep ball that exploited Indiana's clear weakness, Hackenberg was mobile in ways we haven't seen before. Sure, a lot of his runs were in the open field, but it's still quite nice to see Hack do the Superman to get his second running touchdown of the day. Two throwing TDs to cap off his best performance of the year isn't bad either.
- We're one win away from bowl eligibility!! How about that?