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NCAA Football: Rutgers at Penn State

Matthew O’Haren-USA TODAY Sports

On Saturday afternoon the Nittany Lions capped off their 2019 season with a 27-6 victory over the Scarlet Knights

Before the game both Penn State and Rutgers fans alike were anticipating a blowout while not taking the Scarlet Knights seriously… at all.

Unfortunately, things would not go as easy as planned.

From the get go the Nittany Lion offense struggled. This led to fans getting disgusted with offensive coordinator Ricky Rahne. This disgust was warranted.

Earlier this season it appeared Rahne may have been turning a corner as an offensive coordinator. Well, a lot of that faith and good will has dried up in recent weeks. All signs point toward Rahne still being in over his head as Penn State’s offensive coordinator.

Now, in Rahne’s defense, he was down his starting quarterback today. While Sean Clifford has had his ups and downs as you would expect from a first year starting quarterback, he has mostly played well. Today, the Nittany Lions missed their signal caller.

In his first career start Will Levis ran for 108 yards, but he completed just 8 of 14 passes for 81 yards. He also threw an interception, and under threw multiple open receivers.

One player that played well on the Nittany Lion offense was running back Journey Brown. The redshirt sophomore ran for 103 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also averaged a healthy 6.4 yards per carry.

Playing in his final game at Beaver Stadium, senior punter Blake Gillikin went out in style. Gillikin averaged 49.3 yards per punt on his 4 attempts. This included a 72-yard bomb in the first half.

The Nittany Lions will miss their secret weapon next year.

It was another strong game for star linebacker Micah Parsons as well. The true sophomore — and Butkus Award finalist — was all over the field for the Nittany Lion defense. He had a sack, multiple TFLs, was all over the field, and showed off elite closing speed.

Even with his strong game, the BTN crew failed to identify which number 11 is Parsons .

With the Nittany Lions scuffling earlier in the 4th quarter, Levis hit Jahan Dotson with a 44-yard touchdown pass. This gave the Nittany Lions some breathing room, and brought some life into Penn State Twitter.

That will do it for the regular season. It was not always easy, but in the end the Nittany Lions are 10-2. This is their third 10 win regular season in the last four years. Hopefully, it will also result in their third New Year’s Six Bowl berth in four years.

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