#PSUvsMINN: The Low Five

It was an ugly day for the Nittany Lions in Minnesota facing the Gophers. DEpsite the 24-10 loss, the Lions had a few bright spots.

Penn State's conference road woes continued as they stalled out in Minnesota against the Golden Gophers. See the lows and highs from the loss here:


Cough, Cough: The tone for this was set on the first play from scrimmage as Bill Belton coughed up the football handing the Gophers a quick three points, and more importantly, momentum.

Hack, Hack: It only got worse as Penn State drove down to the one yard line and Christian Hackenberg hacked up the ball, which was fitting given PSU's performance.

Push Overs: The defensive issues started up front as PSU's defensive front could not get pressure on on Minnesota's pass attack and afforded UM QB Phillip Nelson time to pick apart the PSU secondary in the first half.

Offensive Defense: Speaking of the Gopher pass attack, PSU's secondary once again had gaps in the coverage you could drive a tank brigade through. Leading up to this game PSU was the sole team in D1 football to not surrender a fourth down. That changed in this one as Minnesota went three for three on fourth (and long in two of the cases).

No One's Home: The defense opted to wake up in the second half as the offense chose to slumber off. As PSU shutdown UM's offensive attack, holding the Gophers scoreless, the offense could not muster a drive together and went scoreless themselves.


Welcome Back: Zach Zwinak, wearing gloves, returned as PSU's front man to its ground game, rushing for 26 carries and rolling up 150 yards. The question is which running back - Zwinak or Belton - will decided to be consistent?

Catch It: Although not a banner day for Allen Robinson, he manged to grab seven passes for 63 yards and broke Bobby Engram's season receiving yard record.

End Game: C.J. Olaniyan opted to make an appearance once again, grabbing six tackles (2.5 TFL), half of a sack and a forced fumble.


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