What happened and what mattered in the Penn State 33-28 win over Indiana?
Penn State 33, Indiana 28
So how did Penn State respond to the painful loss to Michigan State? By having a really, really scary day on defense. The Nittany Lions were lit up by Peyton Ramsey and Michael Penix for 330 yards and a score, and Stevie Scott tore off 138 yards and two scores as the Hoosiers cranked up 554 yards of total offense.
It got scary, especially after the way the Michigan State game ended. Indiana got recovered the onside kick in the final seconds, but the Penn State defense ended the game. There was sweating, though – IU kept messing up, but Penn State couldn’t put the game away.
The Penn State defense did two things really, really well. It came up with sacks – led by a massive day from sophomore end Shaka Toney and his four sacks – and it forced five takeaways. IU was able to move the ball, but it couldn’t stop screwing up.
Trace McSorley ran for two touchdowns in the second half to pull Penn state ahead, and that was just enough as Indiana got a late J-Shun Harris touchdown catch in the final minute to pull close. The Penn State D only gave up one second half touchdown until the final Hoosier 85-yard scoring march, but again, it was a rough, rough day.
The Nittany Lions are still strangely alive for the Big Ten title, but they need Ohio State and Michigan to each finish the regular season with two losses. Penn State has to win out, but it’s going to be a rough three-game stretch with Iowa, at Michigan, and Wisconsin up next.
It’s not going to be all that easy for Indiana to get bowling. It needs two more wins, and it starts with taking down Minnesota on Friday night. Maryland is a home game to follow, and there’s still the home date against Purdue, but that’s hardly a given. Forget about the road trip to Michigan unless the Wolverines melt down.