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Penn State 35, Purdue 7: What Twitter Had To Say

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Despite the 28 point victory, there was some discontent among Penn State Twitter on Saturday afternoon

Purdue v Penn State Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

On Saturday afternoon the Penn State Nittany Lions improved to 5-0 on the season with a 35-7 victory over Purdue. While 35-7 is definitely a blow out, this game was not even that close. Despite the comfortable victory, there was still come discontent on Penn State Twitter. But guess what? Cue The Rock voice IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT YOU THINK (about a 28 point victory)! We’re sticking to the good vibes today, because, believe it or not, Penn Starte is not the first time in football history to put together a sluggish quarter or two after jumping out to a quick 28-0 lead.

Leading the way for the Nittany Lions on Saturday was a defense that is rounding into one of the best in the FBS. Brent Pry’s crew held Purdue to 104 yards of total offense, -19 yards rushing, they racked up 10 sacks, and forced a turnover.

After the game, James Franklin said that his defense is playing championship caliber football. That they are, coach, that they are. This championship caliber play even caught the eye of ESPN College GameDay analyst David Pollack.

The highlight for Penn State’s defense on Saturday was the pass rush. Penn State recorded 10 sacks on Saturday which fell just short of the program’s single game record of 11 sacks set against Illinois in 1999. This sack barrage was led by Shaka Toney who racked up 3 sacks on Saturday.

Yetur Gross-Matos also had a big day on Saturday. The All-American candidate recorded a pair of sacks and spent a majority of the afternoon in the Purdue backfield.

The ESPN telecast also discussed Gross-Matos’ love for Crocs. Not everyone on Twitter was amused by YGM’s passion for Crocs.

Linebacker Micah Parsons was also a handful for the Boilermaker offense on Saturday. The sophomore stud had 5 tackles, a sack, 2 TFLs, and he was routinely blowing up plays for the Nittany Lion defense.

Once again, Penn State had 10 sacks on Saturday. 10. Against a Big Ten offensive line to boot!

During Saturday’s victory the Penn State offense had some struggles. However, they got off to a smoking hot start scoring a touchdown on each of their first four possessions of the game. Leading the way early on was redshirt sophomore quarterback Sean Clifford.

Clifford finished the game 20/29 for 264 yards, 3 touchdowns and an interception. He also rushed for 33 yards and a touchdown in the Nittany Lion victory.

It was also a big day for redshirt senior tight end Nick Bowers. The Kittanning native’s day was highlighted by an incredible diving catch in the second quarter.

With Penn State using more 12 personnel with Justin Shorter out, Bowers rose to the occasion. He finished with 3 receptions for 66 yards. This included a career long 48-yard gain for Bowers.

As the Penn State offense sputtered in the second half, just as he did against Pitt, running back Noah Cain came to the rescue. On a fourth quarter drive the true freshman had 5 carries for 64 yards and the team’s lone second half touchdown. Cain finished the day with 105 yards rushing and 25 yards receiving.

Moving forward, the Nittany Lion coaching staff needs to use Cain more.

Speaking of the Nittany Lion offensive coaching staff...while some fans were upset with him it was another strong day for offensive coordinator Ricky Rahne. The offensive issues in the second half stemmed more from lack of execution than anything else. All in all, Rahne called a strong game and dialed up some great play designs on Saturday afternoon.

This defense is bordering on elite. This offense is fun. The Nittany Lions are 5-0. Iowa.... you’re next!