Penn State 42, Michigan State 0
My, what a horrible beat-down for Moo U, as Penn State put the big hurt on the Spartans, holding them to negative rushing yardage and 53 total yards. The Nittany Lions rang up 586 total yards in a balanced passing and running attack. Even though I’m sick and tired of hearing the term “explosive plays”, Penn State had a lot of them, over the land, on the sea, and in the air. The oft-abused, hackneyed phrase “total domination” certainly applies here.
And so, the 2023 regular season ends with a bang. We were happy to see both Kaytron Allen and Nick Singleton pounding the turf for triple digits. Allen had 137, while Singleton had 118 and a touchdown. Drew Allar exhibited patience and competence in the passing game, going 17-26 for 292 yards and two touchdowns. Beau Pribula was 2-2 for 11 yards and one touchdown; he also had one rushing touchdown.
Of course, this was not tOSU or Michigan. Nevertheless, watching the PSU defense do its thing was highly entertaining. As friend Toejam kidded, “This is no fun. We can’t bitch about Franklin.”
Now, the Lions get fifteen practices before the bowl game. Speculation abounds, but all will become clear a week from Sunday. A New Years Six game is likely, and plenty of decent opponents will fall out of the playoff picture between now and the conference championships. Will Iowa beat tOSU? Not likely. As Penn State proved, you need an offense to beat the Schmuckeyes. However, for tOSU to play in Indianapolis, they must beat Michigan tomorrow, and I’m not predicting that. I’m mum on that game. I’ll watch it and enjoy the fray.
So, thanks for hanging in for another season. After ending the season on a high note, I am no longer dreading the bowl game.
I’ll be back when we know who Penn State will be playing and where they’ll be. Anyone’s crystal ball clearer than mine?