2. The marvelous Mr. Benny Snell and Mr. Josh Allen
Everyone knew Benny Snell was getting the ball.
Everyone knew all year Benny Snell was getting the ball.
There were running backs with more yards, more splash, and more big plays, but in terms of heart-and-soul performances for a team that desperately needed a bell-cow back to work around, that was Snell.
Penn State had a month to prepare for what was coming. It knew Terry Wilson wasn’t going to win by throwing it, and he threw for just 121 yards.
It knew there weren’t going to be many other rushing options, and there weren’t, with the Cats running for just 176 yards and averaging 4.2 yards per carry. But Snell did his job with 26 tough runs for 144 yards and two scores – on the way to becoming the school’s all-time leading rusher – and that was enough.
On the other side, Josh Allen only had four tackles … yawn.
Oh yeah, and the best defensive player in college football this season came up with three sacks and blocked a kick.
It was a special season with the two special players leading the way, and now, with this win …