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Penn State 23, Rutgers 7: What Twitter Had To Say

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Back-to-back wins, bay bay!

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Prior to the start of Saturday’s game in Piscataway Penn State Twitter was not happy. Why you ask? Well that’s because the infamous John O’Neill was the head ref for the game.

As most Penn State fans know O’Neill is in the discussion for being not just the worst referee in the Big Ten, but in the entire FBS. Thankfully, for the most part, his incompetence did not show up at all on Saturday.

After Penn State failed to convert on a 4th down on their opening drive, Rutgers also went of it on 4th down on their opening drive. On 4th & 1, Rutgers brought in back up quarterback Johnny Langan to run the ball. PJ Mustipher and Fred Hansard stepped up for the Nittany Lions, blew the play up and stuffed Langan for a loss.

On the following Scarlet Knight possession, the Nittany Lion defense continued their strong start. After getting Rutgers into 3rd down and long, Daequan Hardy came off the corner on a blitz for a sack to force a punt.

The redshirt freshman cornerback has played some really solid football for the Nittany Lions this season. Hardy did not pick up an offer from Penn State until the day before National Signing Day in 2019, but he is looking like he may prove to be one of the best recruiting steals of James Franklin’s tenure.

Early in the game the Nittany Lions got their running game going. One of the leading cogs behind this was back up quarterback Will Levis as Kirk Ciarrocca went to the Falcon package early and often.

Levis finished the game with 17 carries for 65. That’s a healthy 3.8 yards per carry.

In his return to the lineup, sophomore running back Devyn Ford also looked good early on. This included a play where Ford used a great jump cut to make some Rutger defenders look silly.

Fellow running back Keyvone Lee also flashed for the Nittany Lions. For the second week in a row, the true freshman made a Big Ten defense looked silly.

Lee rna for 95 yards on 17 carries, for a yards per carry of 5.6. Ford ran for 65 yards on 11 carries, this included a rushing touchdown.

Arguably the best thing to come out of the first half of Saturday’s game? Penn State football was fun again!

The second half, well, that was a different story. But this is all about positivity since Penn State has won back-to-back games, so we’ll ignore that.

Throughout the game the Penn State defense was awesome. This was, without a doubt, the best Brent Pry’s unit has played all season.

Penn State has won back-to-back games for the first time this season. Woo hoo! Next up is a match up with a fellow 2-5 squad in Michigan State for Senior Day 2020.