The Nittany Lions came away from their second road game of the season with a convincing final score of 41-13 Saturday in Evanston, but the vibes weren’t always so great in the first half.
A Nick Singleton fumble on the opening kickoff and a lack of offensive rhythm put Penn State off schedule early, and things were knotted up 10-10 after the first 30 minutes.
Nittany Lion fans took to Twitter accordingly.
I’ve had a bottle of fireball in my pocket for like an hour. I was saving it for a touchdown but at this point I might take it cause I wanna die— Caroline (@_supcaroline) September 30, 2023
The Penn State offense goes three and out. pic.twitter.com/QBCJ884IZa— Black Shoe Diaries (@BSDtweet) September 30, 2023
Penn State has had a few plays on offense where the receiver had no idea the ball was ever coming his way. Just dysfunctional so far.— Ben Jones (@Ben_Jones88) September 30, 2023
Penn State is going to start fast against Northwestern right?— Basic Blues Nation (@BasicBlues) September 30, 2023
Penn State offense: pic.twitter.com/wLEn7icwRT
@PennStateFball announcer say Penn state needs to do some real brain storming on offense at the half. Yeah it’s called a better offensive coordinator— Joseph Tracey (@JosephTracey4) September 30, 2023
Trey Potts finishes off a huge drive for Penn State. Easily the best the offense has looked so far today— Sam Woloson (@sam_woloson) September 30, 2023
Manny Diaz’s defense made its presence felt all morning, but it was especially needed desperately in those opening minutes. The group collected four sacks and a whopping nine tackles for loss in the first half, and while the offense sputtered, it seemed like every defensive player was getting in on the action.
HALFTIME: How many people had this 10-10?— Cory Giger (@CoryGiger) September 30, 2023
Here's the stats. NW only 59 yards, -10 rushing.
Penn State's defense playing well now.
But the offense ... man, there are some problems. And not just nitpicking problems. Some real problems. pic.twitter.com/VlltSl4mVo
#PennState defense has cranked it up since Northwestern TD.— Rich Scarcella (@nittanyrich) September 30, 2023
Another three and out.
PENN STATE HOLDS!! OUR DEFENSE IS NFL ELITE! pic.twitter.com/lOHuKiqwUl— echoisthename ©️ (@echoisthename) September 30, 2023
Northwestern’s QB sneak is stopped by the Penn State defense. Abdul Carter and Tyler Elsdon flew over the line to stop Ben Bryant— Tyler Millen (@Tmillen15) September 30, 2023
A crucial momentum moment there
THE PENN STATE DEFENSE HOLDS ON 4TH AND AN INCH! PENN STATE BALL AT THE NORTHWESTERN 32 YARD LINE!— Black Shoe Diaries (@BSDtweet) September 30, 2023
What a stop. Shout out to this Penn State defense— Tom Wendell (@tomwendell) September 30, 2023
PENN STATE DEFENSE ABSOLUTELY STIFFELS THE TUSH PUSH ON 4TH AND INCHES AND WE TAKE OVER LETS FUCKING GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO— x- The Real Rams Rapp (@TheOtherGarth) September 30, 2023
The defensive play was enough to give some time to Allar and the offense to wake up. That side of the ball responded with a 31-3 run in the second half, which included a couple of big boy QB sneaks for the sophomore.
It’s about time we pick a name for this thing. The “tush push,” “Allar plower,” and even the “brotherly shove” are all making the rounds on social media. As a fan base, let’s settle on one once and for all.
College announcers are smarter than NFL announcers at this point. PSU running the “ #tushpush/ #brotherlyshove” and say “Now THATS football right there.”— Sean Madden (@ImSeanMadden) September 30, 2023
Yet NFL announcers say “it’s a Rugby play and wahh wahh wahh blah blah blah.” Just admit you hate the Eagles, that’s it. pic.twitter.com/ChOBb0qEr5
Whatever you want to call it, Mike Yurcich made sure to sprinkle in a fake that allowed Nick Singleton to trot in for an easy score late.
Boom. Fake tush push. Had to happen eventually. And a chunk run from Singleton on the drive.— Max Ralph (@maxralph_) September 30, 2023
Allar connects with his RB easily for the score. Penn State starting to break it open
Penn State shows a tush push look, then Nick Singleton leaks into the left flat for the short touchdown pass. the Nittany Lions have taken advantage of two Northwestern miscues & now lead, 27-10, with 1:24 left in the third quarter— Daniel Gallen (@danieljtgallen) September 30, 2023
Touchdown Penn State!!— Onward State (@OnwardState) September 30, 2023
Nick Singleton jogs into the end zone from a Drew Allar pass, and this one finally feels like it's less of a competition.
Penn State 27, Northwestern 10. pic.twitter.com/IvJyWqkwU6
The 30-point streak stays alive with a Singleton tuddy— Barstool Penn State (@PSUBarstool) September 30, 2023
A cheeky toss from Beau Pribula to third-string running back Trey Potts put the final touches on the 41-13 victory, and was the second score of the day for the Williamsport native.
BTN claiming Pribula faked a knee and there should've been a penalty... pretty sure that was a fake QB Draw, which we've seen Beau do maybe a couple times.— Max Ralph (@maxralph_) September 30, 2023
Good news for Penn State to see him open it up and throw a dime
Beau Pribula to Trey Potts to put Penn State up 41-13— Micheal Bolger (@MichealBolger) September 30, 2023
Potts has two touchdowns now, what a day from the redshirt senior transfer pic.twitter.com/8HbgVchFU4
A Northwestern fan behind the PSU sideline called James Franklin a “bleeping coward” after Pribula’s TD pass.— Joe Smeltzer (@joesmeltzer775) September 30, 2023
Can probably fill in the blank.
That Beau Pribula touchdown pass was mighty meaningful to some in Vegas and elsewhere. Penn State (-27.5) leads Northwestern 41-13 with 2:20 to play. Was set up by a Daequan Hardy INT.— Greg Pickel (@GregPickel) September 30, 2023