Nebraska has a ‘big job’ ahead at Penn State; Lions’ Pistol formation mostly misfires, and more
Penn State running back Saquon Barkley leaps over a Rutgers defender as defensive back Isaiah Wharton, linebacker Deonte Roberts and defensive back Nadir Barnwell look on during the third quarter at Beaver Stadium on Nov. 11, 2017. Joe Hermitt | firstname.lastname@example.org
Today’s Penn State football news headlines feature a look at Nebraska’s struggles stopping the run and the Lions’ latest attempt to create space for Saquon Barkley.
Nebraska’s Mike Riley addressed an obvious question about run defense at his Monday news conference. Fresh off allowing 409 rushing yards in a 54-21 road loss to Minnesota, the Huskers now get ready for Saquon Barkley and a struggling Lions rushing attack. Penn State managed just 90 yards on 31 carries against a Rutgers defense that also had its share of struggles.
“We’ve just come through a game of allowing 400 yards and now we’re playing a back like (Heisman candidate Saquon Barkley), we’ve got a big job ahead of us,” Riley told the Lincoln Journal Star.
Penn State tried to break out of an offensive rut against Rutgers at Beaver Stadium last week, in part, by showing a Pistol look designed to disguise the design of its run plays. That formation mostly misfired, Lancaster Online’s Mike Gross wrote. Barkley managed 35 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries in the Lions’ 35-6 win over the Scarlet Knights.
In other Penn State football news, Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee’s status is up in the air for Saturday. Penn State season ticket prices are set to rise, and Joey Julius shares his experience with an eating disorder.
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Those headlines and more highlight today’s Penn State football news roundup: