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Stats And Storylines: Young Players Contribute

The game was competitive longer than expected but in the end the Lions prevailed.

NCAA Football: Rutgers at Penn State Matthew O’Haren-USA TODAY Sports

Where did the time go? It seems like the football season comes and goes in the blink of an eye, while the painful wait of the off-season can drag on for a lifetime. With a convincing 27-6 victory over Rutgers, another regular season has come to an end. While it is sad to look in the rear view mirror, seeing 12 completed games, there is still some fun remaining.

A week from today we will find out where Penn State will head for the bowl game. There are still too many options out there to make a guess at how that will work out, but at 10-2, regardless of the destination, the Lions have put together another successful season.

On Saturday there were many young players that saw the field in the first half, getting meaningful playing time in a close game. With a month before the next game, there will be time for younger players to develop during practices.

For this week the team will focus on recovering from the bumps and bruises that are accumulated over the tough grind of a college football season. After that, the focus will be completely on...whatever team the selection committee decides. The team and its fans can’t control where the next game is played or the opponent.

One thing is for certain; the fans will show up wherever the game is played. As we have come to expect, the team will be ready to play, seeking an 11-win season.


  • The Lions had 2 players rush for more than 100 yards. Will Levis had 108 on 17 carries while Journey Brown rushed 16 times for 103 yards and 3 touchdowns.
  • Micah Parsons led the Lions with 10 tackles, 3 solo. Cam Brown and Garrett Taylor each had 7. All together there were 25 Penn State players that registered a tackle on the day, as many players deep on the bench got a chance to play.
  • Penn State got more than half their total receiving yards on one play, tallying 44 of 81 yards on the Jahan Dotson touchdown that blew the game open in the fourth quarter. It could have been a broken play, with the snap rolling back to Levis, but he gathered the ball and got it to Dotson, against a strong wind.