Penn State Frame Game: Mike Hull

Breaking down how the Nittany Lion linebacker caused a big turnover in the victory over UMass. He admitted to learning from a mistake on a previous play.

To the extent that there can be a turning point in a 48-7 football game, Penn State's win over UMass Saturday appeared to become a certainty when Nittany Lion LB Mike Hull forced a turnover in the second quarter.

What you saw: Hull knifing in to stop a slip screen. His tackle and strip of Minuteman WR Tajae Sharpe led to a fumble that DT Austin Johnson recovered and returned seven yards. PSU scored two plays later for a 20-0 lead and the rout was on.

What you probably did not see: earlier in the quarter, Hull was beaten on a similar play, albeit by a different receiver.

“It was just a slip screen,” Hull said. “The first time around, I tried to beat the block outside, and he kind of cut it back. So I was ready for it the second time. It's always good to get a turnover to help the offense.”

We break down both plays in our exclusive FOS Frame Game Gallery below. If you are not familiar with the Frame Game, it is a feature in which we use overhead shots to show you parts of key plays you may have missed while watching the game on television or sitting in the stands.

In this version, we learn that Hull reads plays extremely quickly and learns from his mistakes. We also discover that Penn State's talented DT tandem of Johnson and Anthony Zettel are never really out of a play.

Remember to click the expand button in the lower right of the gallery window for full-screen images.

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