On Saturday afternoon the 20th ranked Penn State Nittany Lions improved to 7-3 on the season by defeating the Wisconsin Badgers by a score of 22-10 at Beaver Stadium. As always, the Twittersphere was buzzing during this game. However, unlike recent weeks, Penn State Twitter was fun during this game!
Before the game, the talk was primarily about the weather. After all, the feel like temperature at kickoff was a balmy 19 degrees.
It’s gonna be a cold game today at penn state. Wish me luck
— Mariah Jemison (@xomariah95) November 10, 2018
Impulse purchase of the day…Wisconsin at Penn State. It’s gonna be a cold one.
— Sheldon Anderson (@shelshel32) November 10, 2018
Really hope Penn State wins today so sitting through the cold all day is worth it
— Zach Zellers (@ZachZellers) November 10, 2018
The main catalyst, in my opinion at least, behind Penn State’s victory was their defense. Three plays into the game Jonathan Taylor and the vaunted Badger rushing attack had 79 yards rushing and the a 7-0 lead. However, led by a dominant defensive line, Penn State’s defense held Taylor to just 106 yards and the Badger offense to a total of 190 yards the rest of the game.
I’m not sure how you’re supposed to go about blocking Yetur Gross-Matos.
— Patrick Burns (@PatrickBurns_) November 10, 2018
DE Shareef Miller has been outstanding for Penn State today. Has a couple of sacks. Just created another one for DT Robert Windsor.
— Tommy Lawlor (@lawlornfl) November 10, 2018
Yetur Gross-Matos continues to impress
— Tyler King (@King_TylerB) November 10, 2018
Windsor and Miller each had multiple sacks while YGM racked up the TFLs and was unblockable again.
The Penn State defense recovered a fumble on Saturday, too! This may not seem like much, but considering they have forced approximately 50 fumbles the past five weeks and kept failing to recovering them it was a big deal.
Penn State recovered a fumble for the first time in 14 seasons. hard to believe.
— Sam Cooper (@SamDCooper) November 10, 2018
Finally! Penn State is able to jump on a fumble!!!
— Victory Bell Rings (@VictoryBellRing) November 10, 2018
Actually, the defense was credited with two fumble recoveries. The second of which Miller would attempt to return only to fumble it himself with Wisconsin recovering.
Redshirt senior linebacker Koa Farmer started for the tenth time this season over Micah Parsons. Some people won’t be happy until Parsons gets the first start of his career, even if the team plays well while winning.
The insistence on playing Koa Farmer so much is nothing short of insanity.
— Clay Sauertieg (@ByCSauertieg) November 10, 2018
No wonder Wisconsin is gashing psu again. Koa Farmer is back on the field for no reason at all. ♂️ #wisvspsu
— #107KStrong (@VANittany) November 10, 2018
Wisconsin took advantage of James Franklin’s refusal to put Koa Farmer on the bench. #WISvsPSU
— 4th Quarter Bottling (@NeverKennedy) November 10, 2018
As for Parsons, he led the team in tackles, again, and continues to play well.
You can not convince me that Micah Parsons has not earned a starting spot on this team.
— Hunter (@hunterj1597) November 10, 2018
micah parsons is penn state’s best linebacker
— Bill DiFilippo (@billdifilippo) November 10, 2018
Micah Parsons leaving the field for any other reason than injury should be treated as a serious crime
— Big Tasty (@JohnTCphl) November 10, 2018
Despite all of the special teams woes for the Nittany Lions this season, things went well on Saturday. Outside of some kicking issues for Jake Pinegar, which can be chalked up to the howling winds, the Nittany Lion special team unites performed well. This included the wonderfulness that was C.J. Thorpe returning a kick…even if it did end in a fumble that Penn State recovered.
Inject CJ Thorpe stiff-arms into my veins
— Mitch Stewart (@mitchystew) November 10, 2018
CJ Thorpe lives the fat guy dream and the nightmare. The stiff arm form was great, the ball security was not.
— Sean Fitz (@seanfitz247) November 10, 2018
A few players later, Penn State successfully converted a 4th & 1 using a fake punt. Johnathan Thomas took a direct snap from Kyle Vasey, and ran for the first down. This kept a drive that ended in a key Pinegar field goal alive.
Penn State’s special teams did that thing. Thomas gets a first down on the fake punt followed by a flag on Wisconsin for unsportsmanlike conduct.
— breezy (@brianapamela97) November 10, 2018
Penn State’s special teams did a good thing.
— Ben Jones (@Ben_Jones88) November 10, 2018
Offensively, it was what has come to be expected from the Nittany Lions. Saturday was the Trace McSorley and Miles Sanders show. Despite missing two series after re-aggravating his knee injury, McSorley looked much healthier than last week and was 19/25 for 160 yards and a touchdown.
Trace McSorley is hurt. He’s tough as nails too, so if he can’t get up, he’s really hurt…
— Dave Scarangella (@DullesDistrict) November 10, 2018
Trace McSorley is back in after a big hit in the second quarter. Can’t question his toughness.
— Josh Moyer (@ByJoshMoyer) November 10, 2018
Saturday was McSorley’s 29th victory as a starting quarterback at Penn State. This ties Todd Blackledge for the most wins by a QB in program history.
— SERC (@SERCenter) November 10, 2018
As for Sanders, he looked like a man among boys on Saturday. Sanders averaged 6.9 yards per carry while racking up 159 yards and a touchdown.
Miles Sanders is good, in case any of you forgot
— Tyler King (@King_TylerB) November 10, 2018
Sanders moves included a pair of hurdles that would make Saquon Barkley proud.
Miles Sanders just jumped over a defender. Wow
— Paul Roberts (@PaulRobertsWEEU) November 10, 2018
With his performance on Saturday, Sanders eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark for the season. His performance also garnered a Tweet from injured defensive tackle Fred Hansard that I feel comfortable saying all Penn State fans agree with.
2-4 the most underrated back in the country!
— Fred Hansard (@Fred_Hansard53) November 10, 2018
That will do it for this week. Penn State is now 7-3, and it is Rutgers week.