The Badgers, already without linebacker Chris Orr for the rest of 2016 with a knee injury, aren’t entirely sure what they’ll get from star running back Corey Clement (ankle), who had just 54 yards on 23 carries in last week’s win at Michigan State.
He’s grown used to helping support what’s been a thin corps of linebackers since his freshman season in 2014 and it’s as thin as it’s ever been with starters Nyeem Wartman-White, Jason Cabinda and Brandon Bell out. As the Nittany Lions look to stay relevant in the Big Ten title picture, the next three games will not only be imperative for their fate but will also serve as a stepping stone to the second half of the season.
But one that’s not comfortable lobbying his coaches for more touches or criticizing a young offensive line that will likely start two freshmen guards this weekend. Out of the break PSU took the final three points of the set, with a pair of Washington blocks powering the team to a 25-19, set two victory. He assisted on a Rodney Smith stop in overtime, which allowed the Lions to hold Minnesota to a field goal. But Leidner sailed a pass toward the corner of the end zone with eight Nittany Lions in coverage where it was intercepted by Jordan Smith.
From there, McSorley added another score on the ground on a tough 6-yard scramble and Davis broke Sam Ficken’s school record for consecutive field goals, improving to 17-for-17 on his career.
“That was one of the reasons why I came to Penn State”, he said.
“I think this is something we needed”.
“Just keeps persevering and waiting for opportunities, and when it came, he made a big play for us”. Head coach James Franklin downplayed the loss this week, commending the MI team that is a serious College Football Playoff contender while the Nittany Lions are still rebuilding.
The Nittany Lions gathered to belt out the alma mater and then the party ensued.
Some ran to Nittanyville sign-holders, others headed for the tunnel. “We get to play Penn State, play for the Victory Bell”, Leidner said.
The loss is Michigan’s second Big Ten Conference loss of the season and just the third loss of the year overall. Before Saturday’s game, Limegrover told the team a story about his life, Allen said. “He made a cut on us, and we didn’t tackle, so (we) got to do the little things in order to win”. Not only have the Nittany Lions lost all seven, they’ve lost those seven by an average of 22 points per game.
Minnesota is a team Penn State should beat, probably.
“We’re evaluating this week”, Franklin said.
Penn State has had success on the outside.
The Gophers answered with a 37-yard touchdown run from Shannon Brooks early in the fourth quarter to make it 20-20.
He was questioned about the call post game.
Franklin said he understands the criticism and impatience by some vocal members of the community.
“We just know he’s there; that’s kind of just as far as that goes”, Wozniak said.
He hit three momentum-turning plays before the fourth quarter even began and everything turned.
“We have not been great at consistently running the ball in short down situations”.
Barkley hasn’t had much help in recent weeks, but was still productive despite an injury against Temple and the dumpster fire that was the MI game.
And he did, cutting sharply to his right and then high-stepping into the end zone.