Indiana is knocking on the door to begin the second quarter, with the ball at the Nittany Lions’ nine-yard line.
More on this game from BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart:
Player on the spot: Indiana QB Cameron Coffman. He, along with Nate Sudfeld, needs to have a big game. Last week against Wisconsin, the Hoosiers had just 294 yards, the second-lowest total of the season. Neither quarterback got in a rhythm as IU’s string of scoring at least 24 points in each game ended. Penn State defenders Sean Stanley, Deion Barnes. Gerald Hodges, Glenn Carson and Michael Mauti are playing well.
Key matchup: Penn State offense vs. Indiana defense. The Nittany Lion offense has been good most of the season, ranking No. 4 in the Big Ten (410.1 ypg). The passing has been especially strong, ranking No. 2 (268.8 ypg). The Hoosier defense was trucked last week, allowing 605 yards with 564 coming on the ground. The unit must offer some resistance for Indiana to have any shot. Can IU stop hot Penn State back Zach Zwinak, who has 275 yards rushing the last two weeks?
Key number: The IU defense is last in the Big Ten and 97th in the nation (445.8 ypg). Indiana will be put to the test at Penn State, which has the No. 4 offense in the Big Ten (410.1 ypg).
Key note: The Hoosiers have scored more points (312) in 2012 than they scored all of last season (257). But they are 0-15 all-time vs. Penn State.
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