Passing: B. Bortles (UCF) - 288 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Z. Zwinak (PSU) - 21 CAR, 128 YDS, 3 TD
Receiving: A. Robinson (PSU) - 9 REC, 143 YDS, 1 TD
The PSU defense had more than it could handle Saturday night against UCF. The defense could never come up with the big stop when it needed one, and UCF was almost able to score at will. The good news for PSU fans? The PSU offense was able, for the most part, to keep pace with the high powered UCF offense. PSU was able to keep pace for most of the game, and a handful of mistakes on offense kept the Lions from a few more scores. First was a sack taken by QB Christian Hackenberg with time running out in the first half and no timeouts. Tacking the sack moved the Lions back and forced Bill O'Brien to try a 50+ yard field goal from Sam Ficken which came up just short. The second mistake as a fumble by Lions' RB Zach Zwinak while PSU was using a solid offensive drive to move the ball deep into UCF territory late in the game. The Lions were able to get the ball back and score after this funble, and come within 3 of the lead.
The PSU defense had no answer for QB Blake Bortles as he was able to rack up 288 yards passing. The Lions could not get to the UCF QB who was able to get rid of the ball quickly most of the game. This forced the Lions defense to drop more players into coverage which opened the door for star RB Storm Johnson who rushed for 117 yards, including a 58 yard TD run. The PSU defense needs to get it's swagger back after a dismantling at the hands of UCF, and they need to get it back before B1G play starts in 2 weeks. If the PSU defense can come up with stops when they're called upon, the offense will take care of business, and we will see a successful Nittany Lions season.
Week 4 Matchup: September 21 vs Kent State, 3:30 pm
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