Paul Revere rides again as the mighty Nittany Lions (3-0, 1-0 Big Ten) take on the UMass Minutemen (0-3, 0-0 MAC) in Beaver Stadium on Saturday. Will the Lions use this game to retool and refine their nonexistent ground attack as “everyone” thinks they will, or will they rely on the arm of Christian Hackenberg once again?
One thing I’ll tell you is that the Minutemen outrank the Lions in rushing yards, averaging 82.3 yards per game as opposed to the Nittany Lions 75.7. Before you demean the quality of their opposition for the first three games, they played BC, Colorado, and Vandy, probably a better test than UCF, Akron, and Rutgers.
But we all know that the Penn State rushing game suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucks.
In their opener against BC, the Redmen (now deprecated former team moniker) were thoroughly dominated by the Eaglets. Time of possession was an unholy margin of 42:11 to 17:49 in favor of BC. who outgained the armed colonials 511 to 202 and whipped them 30-7. [Read more…]