Pennsylvania State VS Minnesota

Penn State VS Minnesota

It is high time we take Minnesota seriously. The Minnesota team entered Saturday’s game ranked No. 17 in the College Football Playoff Ranking, notwithstanding holding off to their 8-0 start since 1941.

Penn State VS Minnesota

Minnesota Golden Gophers won against Penn State in a 31-26 final score.

What had happened

P State had the chance to win from the M Gophers, whose offense dominated most of the match, but Jordan Howden intercepted Sean Clifford pass in the end zone to seal the victory. Sean Clifford had a stressful day, and it was the last of the three-interception for him.

And I quote, “I think I could have played much better,” said Clifford, who went 23-for-43 for 340 yards. “This week, it hurts us.”

The penalty also cost P State 23 yards and led to the 3rd-and-24 play of desperation. Howden made the interception behind Hamler, who still blames himself.
“I thought that I beat him, and I just did not make the play on the ball,” Hamler said.

Listen, we were one of many who were skeptical about Minnesota’s 8-0 start. It’s not that we did not think that the Gophers were right – there is no such point as an Average 8-0 team.

Game Play – Penn State VS Minnesota

There was 4:39 left in the first quarter, on 3rd-and-3, Tanner Morgan tossed a quick screen to 6-foot-1 Outman Bell – who then cut the middle of the field, bounced left, tackled and avoided 3 other tacklers. That play gave Minnesota the 14-7 advantage, one they would not relinquish.

Bell made the entire Penn State defense look awkward. It was an uncharacteristic play for the Lions – and an impressive one for Bell.

Play Call – Controversial

Penn State should have called a timeout, at the end of the first half. We kind of feel that James Franklin was guilty of some clock mismanagement. An incompletion and a 4-yard run then st up fourth-and-3, and Penn State settled for the field goal. The Nittany Lions went into half-time with 24-13.

In these situations, most coaches would call timeout first and simply throw it in the end zone. A touchdown would have given Penn State more momentum heading into the half; instead, they came away 3 points instead of 7.

What’s Next

Penn State will now take on the Indiana Hoosiers (7-2) at 12-PM next Saturday at Beaver Stadium in Happy Valley.
According to Bill Connelly’s SP+ rankings, Indiana boasts the nation’s No. 16 offense, No. 36 defense, and No. 8 special teams. The favor is with Penn State but we do not deny that Hoosiers are no push-overs.

Indiana lost twice this season and came in 51-10 defeat to Ohio and a 40-31 shootout to Michigan State.

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