PENN STATE’S HACK WILL BE ON HIS BACK AGAINST MICHIGAN STATE

By Harry Allison

Penn State’s offensive line couldn’t withstand the Michigan pass rush last Saturday.

So, what’s in store for the Nits this Saturday against nationally ranked Michigan State?

More of the same.

The Wolverines sacked PSU quarterback Christian Hackenberg *above) four times and hit him on numerous other occasions.

James Franklin’s team couldn’t score touchdowns in the red zone and converted just 3 of 14 third-down chances.

Most of Penn State’s offensive problems are related to the offensive line play; Andrew Nelson replaced Paris Palmer at left tackle during the second half and Brendan Mahon moved to Nelson’s right tackle spot.

Another test is coming for the O-line Saturday against No. 6 Michigan State, a team that put on a defensive show in beating Ohio State 17-14 in East Lansing. The Spartans’ rush defense is ranked No. 15 in the country and MSU allows just 117.8 rush yards per game.

It’s hard to imagine the Lions’ offensive line faring much better.

“We need to do be much more physical on the ‘O-line’ and at tight end,” Franklin said at his Tuesday press conference.

“There were times we did not win those matchups.”

Many times.

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