Penn State Frame Game: Zettel Stop

See how the Nittany Lion defensive tackle blew up a play in the team’s 13-10 win over Rutgers.

When Rutgers faced a first-and-10 from the Penn State 25 in the second quarter of last weekend's game at High Point Solutions Stadium, the Nittany Lions made an interesting move.

They went to a dime defense, featuring three defensive linemen, two linebackers and six … count 'em … six defensive backs.

The formation is typically used in obvious passing situations, not first-and-10s. So the Scarlet Knights did what you would have expected them to do -- they ran the pigskin vs. the dime.

It seemed like a perfect call.

But Penn State defensive tackle Anthony Zettel practically singlehandedly blew up the play, coming from the nose position to beat the center and blast into the backfield.

And that wasn't the extent of the strong play from the PSU defense on the down. Check out our exclusive Frame Game Gallery to see the Nittany Lion defensive backs who were in position to step up had Zettel not made the play.

View the gallery below.

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