Penn State-Indiana: Recap, score, analysis for Week 5 game (09/30/2017)

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Penn State and Indiana kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, September 30, in a Big Ten game. Stay here for live updates, scores and analysis.

No. 4 Penn State, led by Heisman Trophy hopeful running back Saquon Barkley and quarterback Trace McSorley, can improve to 5-0 with a win. The Nittany Lions beat Iowa on the last play of the game last week.

Indiana provided Ohio State with an early challenge in its Aug. 31 season opener but ultimately fell to the Buckeyes, 49-21. The Hoosiers have since picked up victories over Virginia and Georgia Southern.

Penn State-Indiana live updates, score

Final score: Penn State 45, Indiana 14.

Penn State 45, Indiana 14 (Q4, 4:22): Saquon Barkley throws for a touchdown pass to give Penn State an even bigger lead. Yes, you read that right.

Penn State 38, Indiana 14 (Q4, 7:36):¬†Special teams have provided highlights and lowlights for the Nittany Lions against Indiana. A pair of special teams touchdowns pushed Penn State to an early lead, but a second failed field goal attempt further illustrates a growing issue. Tyler Davis had a kick blocked by Indiana, and is now just 5-of-11 this season. Penn State maintains its 24-point lead but expect the kicking game to be a point of conversation during James Franklin’s post-game press conference.

Penn State 38, Indiana 14 (Q3, 3:22):¬†Nittany Lions receiver DaeSean Hamilton just made history in style. The senior hauled in a 24-yard touchdown pass to provide more cushion for Penn State on the scoreboard, tying the team’s all-time career receptions record (179) in the process. Hamilton ties Deon Butler atop the leader. He now has 7 catches for 81 yards and 2 scores against Indiana. This is his first career multi-touchdown game.

Penn State 31, Indiana 14 (Q3, 5:50): Nittany Lions kicker Tyler Davis redeems himself, and perhaps gains some much-needed confidence by converting a 45-yard field goal attempt. His make pushed Penn State out to a three-possession lead with barely more than 20 minutes remaining in this contest.

Penn State 28, Indiana 14 (Q3, 11:39):¬†Penn State’s field goal efforts continue to be a cause for concern. Kicker Tyler Davis is now 4-of-9 on the season after a miss from 21 yards out here in the third quarter. Nittany Lions cornerback¬†Amani Oruwariye set the offensive up with excellent field position after ending Indiana’s first second-half possession with an interception and a return to just outside the red zone. Penn State failed to punch it in, setting for a 21-yard field goal attempt, which failed. This is an aspect of Penn State’s overall approach that will continue to become more a focal point. Davis missed just two field goals last season, as both were blocked.

Penn State 28, Indiana 14 (halftime): The Nittany Lions jumped out to a 28-0 lead in the first quarter but sputtered offensively throughout the second quarter, while allowing a pair of Hoosiers touchdowns. Penn State was bolstered by a pair of early special teams touchdowns, highlighted by an opening 98-yard kickoff return from Saquon Barkley. Indiana leads in total yardage, 209-145, but heads to the locker room doubled up by Penn State. The Hoosiers will receive the ball to start second-half action here in Beaver Stadium.

Penn State 28, Indiana 14 (Q2, 0:44): Indiana has cut the Penn State lead in half with its second score of the second quarter, as No. 2 quarterback Peyton Ramsey hit Simmie Cobbs for 17-yard touchdown in the final minute of first-half action. The Hoosiers were buried early but have made this far more competitive than a 28-0 first quarter indicated early.

Penn State 28, Indiana 7 (Q2, 2:49):¬†The offensive fireworks Penn State displayed during a 28-point first quarter haven’t sustained deep into the second quarter. Indiana just intercepted a McSorley pass attempt, and takes over at midfield. The Hoosiers lead the Nittany Lions in total yardage, 166-141, but still trail by 3 touchdowns.

Penn State 28, Indiana 7 (Q2, 14:01): The Hoosiers have stopped the bleeding, at least for now. Indiana quarterback Richard Lagow completed a 54-yard toss to Ian Thomas, setting the stage for a 2-yard touchdown run from Ricky Brookins. Indiana is on the board but must solve its issues against the Nittany Lions offense in order to make this a competitive contest.

Penn State 28, Indiana 0 (Q1, 0:41):¬†The Nittany Lions are on a roll. Penn State took advantage of a roughing the punter penalty against Indiana, driving 73 yards on nine plays. McSorley sent a well-placed pass to receiver DaeSean Hamilton for an 8-yard touchdown connection. McSorley has now thrown a touchdown in 20 straight games, while Hamilton is only 5 receptions shy of setting the program’s all-time career record. Penn State has outscored opponents 73-0 in the first quarter through five games.

Penn State 21, Indiana 0 (Q1, 6:35):¬†Penn State’s special teams strike again! A 98-yard kickoff return by Saquon Barkely put the Nittany Lions up, 7-0, on first play Saturday, and now its a turnover that does damage. Irvin Charles forced a fumble on a Hoosiers punt-return attempt, allowing Nick Scott to scoop and score from 13 yards out. It’s suddenly a 3-touchdown advantage for Penn State early at Beaver Stadium.

Penn State 14, Indiana 0 (Q1, 11:41): The Nittany Lions have issued an early statement against Indiana, jumping out to a 2-touchdown lead over the Hoosiers less than four minutes into this game. Penn State cashed in on a fumble recovery by linebacker Jason Cabinda, delivering a balanced drive. Quarterback Trace McSorley capped off a 6-play, 38-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run. Tyler Davis converted his second extra-point attempt of the game to extend the lead.

Penn State 7, Indiana 0 (Q1, 14:46):¬†Saquon Barkley just provided evidence of why Penn State coaches have been aggressive to get him involved on special teams this season. He takes the opening kickoff back 98 yards for a touchdown to give Penn State an early advantage. The Nittany Lions running back set a program record for all-purpose yards against Iowa, and starts strong here on the first play of Beaver Stadium. It’s the first Penn State touchdown on a kickoff return since 2011.

 Pregame: I discussed the upcoming matchup between Penn State and Indiana, including a game score prediction and recruits in attendance at Beaver Stadium.

Pregame:¬†Expect a slightly different setting at Beaver Stadium on Saturday, as Penn State unveils its ‚ÄúGenerations of Greatness‚ÄĚ celebration. We’ve already seen old-school Nittany Lions cheerleader outfits, a vintage Penn State bus, and the end zone also has a different look.


Pregame: Here are the Penn State and Indiana game rosters entering this matchup:

Penn State-Indiana game time, information

Time: 3:30 p.m. ET

Date: Saturday, Sept. 30

Location: Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pa.

Weather: Temperatures will start in the low-60s before falling to the mid-50s. The skies will be mostly sunny.

The line: Penn State -18

Over/under: 64

How to watch on TV: The Nittany Lions and Hoosiers are playing on Big Ten Network.

How to watch online: The game can be watched on BTN2Go.

How to listen: The game is broadcast on Penn State Sports Network. The game is also on 1340 AM, 103.7 FM, and 88.5 FM.

Penn State-Indiana preview

Penn State survived a significant test at Iowa last Saturday, overcoming a 5-point deficit with 1:42 remaining in the game. Quarterback Trace McSorley orchestrated a 12-play, 80-yard drive, capped off by his 7-yard scoring strike to Juwan Johnson as the clock expired.

Despite extreme closeness on the scoreboard in a 21-19 contest, Penn State dominated time of possession (39:39 to 20:21) and total yards (579 to 273) against the Hawkeyes. Running back Saquon Barkley led the way, setting a Nittany Lions single-game record with 358 all-purpose yards in the victory.

Barkley gained only 58 yards on the ground when Penn State faced Indiana in 2016, though his 2 fourth-quarter touchdowns helped solidify a 45-31 win in Bloomington. McSorley threw for 332 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions against the Hoosiers during that Nov. 12 matchup, which was one of 10 games in a row that featured at least 30 points for the Nittany Lions. That streak ended last weekend.

Penn State got to 4-0 (1-0 Big Ten) by beating Akron, Pitt, Georgia State and then Iowa.

Indiana quarterback Richard Lagow tossed 2 touchdowns while tallying 292 passing yards against Penn State in these teams’ most recent matchup. He works with an impressive group of receivers, led by 6-foot-4 target Simmie Cobbs, who caught 11 passes for 149 yards and 1 touchdown Aug. 31 against Ohio State.

Hoosiers freshman running back Morgan Ellison erupted for a breakout effort Sept. 23 vs. Georgia Southern, rushing for 186 yards and 2 touchdowns on 25 carries. He will face a tall task Saturday against a Nittany Lions defense that has surrendered only 33 total points through four games.

Penn State carries a 19-1 advantage over Indiana through 20 games. First-year Hoosiers coach Tom Allen served as the program’s defensive coordinator during their 2016 matchup.

Indiana got to 2-1 after losing to Ohio State but beating Virginia and Georgia Southern. In last year’s home game against Penn State, the Hoosiers outgained the Nittany Lions, 454-409. However, Penn State won the turnover battle, as the Nittany Lions had only 2 turnovers compared to Indiana’s five.

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