Best win of the week – Penn State
Homer blog week, but Penn State started its very reasonable run in perfect November with a resounding victory in Bloomington. After a loss and playing in a stadium where games tend to be closer together than you might think, the Nittany Lions were dominant at every stage after the first quarter. The 31-point margin of victory was the second-best for a Penn State team at Memorial Stadium.
Worst Loss of the Week – Illinois
With the West crumbling around them, Illini saw their six-game winning streak come to a halt at home against Michigan State. The BERT team still controls its own destiny to reach the Big Ten championship game with Saturday’s game against Purdue playing a critical role in sewing that spot. However, Illinois has dropped in the rankings and it is quite obvious that the third best team in the league is the team that will appear the most in this post.
Offensive Player of the Week – Kaytron Allen
In a day when conference wide receivers and quarterbacks had to deal with important elements, many running backs had notable days. That was certainly the case with our guy. Allen had 158 yards on 20 touches and three touchdowns. It was the fastest rushing touchdown record for a Penn State rookie in nearly 20 years, while Allen and Nicholas Singleton equaled Noah Cain’s season-long touchdown record.
Defensive Player of the Week – Penn State Defensive Line
We warned you that there would be a lot of Homer stuff this week, so let’s get going. The Penn State defense racked up 16 tackles to a loss and six sacks on Saturday. Not all of them came from the top four, but that group did their job in making life miserable for a number of Hoosier quarterbacks. Rookie defensive end Dani Dennis-Sutton even contributed an interception to the delight of defensive line coach John Scott Jr.
Penn State’s Big Ten Ranking in Defense:
✅ TFLs – 1st
✅ Takeaways – 2nd
✅ Red Zone – 2nd
✅ Bags – 4th
✅ Passage Efficiency – 4th pic.twitter.com/xp9Xr0ZGZ3
— Penn State FB Communications (@PennStFBComms) November 6, 2022
Special Teams Player of the Week – Jake Pinegar, Penn State
Did I mention it’s homer week? I rarely include this one, but props to Mr. Pinegar. He connected in a career-long 50-yard field goal. He scored all six extra points and hit all of his kickoffs for touchbacks. The wind was a considerable concern for Saturday’s game and the senior responded with perhaps the best outing of his career.
Offensive Move of the Week – Brenton Strange
Isn’t this footprint beautiful?
Defensive Game of the Week – Michael Barrett, Michigan
Everything is fine. Let’s talk about someone else. Barrett had two interceptions as Michigan rebounded from a below average first half to dominate Rutgers. Barrett’s pick six effectively put the game in the middle of the third quarter.
The ten most important things of the week – The weather
The first window games were plagued by wind and rain. Penn State’s windy trip to southern Indiana was positively pleasant compared to…
More of the week in Iowa – Purdue train stops before the game
Iowa was in the building and the Boilermakers never… went… untracked.
What else do we expect – more of these bids