Saturday, November 12, 2011
Third quarter: Nebraska 17, Penn State 7
By Brian Bennett
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- You had to wonder, after Penn State fell behind 17-0 early in the third quarter, if the weight of this awful week would finally cause the Nittany Lions to break.
Nope. Call it inspiration. Call it determination. Or just call it a great play by Derek Moye. The senior receiver made a terrific adjustment on a ball thrown by Matt McGloin for a 40-yard bomb, by far the biggest play of the day for Penn State. Stephfon Green scored two plays later, and Beaver Stadium finally came back alive after the energy had been sucked out of the building.
Still, Nebraska leads by 10 and the Nittany Lions are not known for scoring easily. The Huskers' option game has been outstanding, and Taylor Martinez has really improved his decision-making in that area throughout the season. His perfectly timed pitch to Rex Burkhead gave Nebraska that 17-0 lead. Also give credit to the Huskers' offensive line, particularly the guards, for creating gaps against a really good Penn State defense.
That score was set up by a McGloin fumble in Nebraska territory. The Nittany Lions have been moving the ball well in the second half but can't afford any more mistakes. And their defense has to figure out how to stop that option. Penn State may need a big play on special teams or defense to win this game.