Penn State: Passing: 14-27-0, 128yd, 1TD.
Rushing 39-200, 2 TD
Receiving: 14-128, 1 TD
Buffalo: Passing: 24-35-1, 205yd, 2 TD
Rushing: 33-69, 0 TD
Receiving: 24-205, 2 TD
The first change was obvious as soon as the offense took the field with Andrew Nelson lining up at left tackle. Paris Palmer was a big JUCU recruit, but had a horrendous debut at LT last week. The offensive line made it almost to halftime in this new configuration before Nelson went down clutching his knee, and Palmer took his place.
"I told Palmer that I loved him, that I believed in him, and took a towel and wiped off his foggy rec-specs... I let him go in and play, and I thought he did well."
Carl Nassib (DE): 5 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 1 int
Saquon Barkley (RB): 12 carries for 115 yards (9.6 average), 1 TD
Joe Licata(QB): 24-35-1, 2 TD
Ron Willoughby (WR): 8-80 yards, 1 TD
After struggling to find any kind of offensive identity, Penn State gained it's footing in the second half-and that footing was Barkley. Hurdling defenders, showcasing spin-moves (almost) worthy of Braxton Miller, and generally seeming to forget that he's a freshman, Barkley charged his way to 115 yards on just 12 carries. Barkley played with authority, calling out blocks for his linemen and charging through defenders at contact. Just a few plays into Barkley's turn in the backfield, it was clear that he was the better option over Lynch. His electric running style seemed to invigorate the entire offense, and Hackenberg was finally able to find a few open receivers as Buffalo was forced to account for Barkley.
COMING UP: Stay tuned as we put together a pregame primer for next week's game against Rutgers. Some things to continue keeping an eye on: looking for continued improvement from the offensive line, Saquon Barkley getting more carries, Christian Hackenberg regaining his form, continued improvement from the coaching staff with regards to play calling and in-game adjustments.