Penn State’s narrow win over Iowa at Kinnick Stadium earned another week at 4 in the AP Poll. Let’s look at each offensive position group and how they performed last night.
QB: Yes, Trace’s game as a whole wasn’t that great. The offensive line struggles didn’t help his accuracy issues (6 passes batted down) but he overthrew his targets even when he had an open lane. McSorley also gave up an untimely fumble that could’ve meant doom...if he didn’t show impressive mettle on the game-winning drive. When the team needed him to complete the right passes, get chunks of yardage with his feet, and lead the team down the field, he got it done. That earns him a [B+].
RB: The offense lived and died by Barkley, and it ended up working out. Saquon vaulted himself into serious national Heisman discussions (that he honestly should’ve been in already) with his 358 all-purpose yard performance. Not much to say here that hasn’t already been said. Miles Sanders and Andre Robinson also made the most of their share of carries, and made things much easier during the string of downs that Barkley spent on the sideline. [A+]
WR/TE: Once again, the receivers just aren’t making a mark. While it’s not all their fault -- Barkley got 23 touches in the second half alone -- it’s time to start getting some yards on 1st and 2nd down through the air. It’s clear that the offense needs something extra in a road environment like that. However...like Trace, Juwan Johnson stepped up big time when the team needed it. Two quality catches on well-run routes in the last few minutes that included his first career touchdown...impressive. [B-]
Offensive Line: I predicted that this group would struggle against the best competition they’ve seen this season, and it unfortunately came true. Poor blocking across the line, especially by the benched Andrew Nelson, made things tough on Trace early. MLB Josey Jewell was able to routinely pick his spots and run through untouched to blow up a run play or pressure the pass. This is a young and talented group, but serious improvements need to be made before the brutal three-game stretch we all know is coming. [D] #WeAre#PennState
Last night was legendary. Had to step out of the Chris D'Elia show to watch the last :20 seconds of the game. Power move of a decision. To summarize, Chris killed it in front of a maxed out crowd and Penn State pulled out the W.... No complaints from Bry.
Penn State: 21