Despite another big day on the ground from their workhorse running back, the Nittany Lions had trouble controlling the ball in Saturday's loss at Nebraska. If the numbers are any indication, Zach Zwinak and Penn State will have their opportunities again this week when a prolific Indiana offense -- and a porous Hoosier defense -- invade Beaver Stadium. As we do each week, we go deeper inside the numbers here.
Allen Robinson needs one catch to make the season receptions record his own.
12Tackles for loss by Penn State against Nebraska, a season-high for the Nittany Lions. Seven different players had at least a half a TFL; Deion Barnes had three.
5.07Average number of plays per drive by the Nittany Lions in 14 possessions Saturday. Only five of those 14 possessions lasted five plays or longer.
5.0Yards per carry by sophomore running back Zach Zwinak on 138 attempts. Penn State's other tailbacks have averaged a combined 3.8 yards per carry on 185 attempts.
1Missed field goal by Sam Ficken over the last five games. The sophomore has connected on his last six attempts and is now 10-of-17 on field goals this season after a 2-of-8 start.
1Catches needed by sophomore wide receiver Allen Robinson to hold the Penn State single-season reception mark alone. Robinson needed just 10 games to tie the existing record of 63, set by O.J. McDuffie in 1992 (12 games) and Bobby Engram in 1995 (12 games).
36Tackles over the last three games by senior linebacker Gerald Hodges, who had averaged 7.7 tackles over his first seven games.
0Number of times this week's opponent, Indiana, has beaten Penn State in 15 all-time matchups. The Hoosiers have lost eight of those games by two touchdowns or more.
445.8Yards per game allowed this season by Indiana's defense, the worst mark in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers have surrendered 38 touchdowns, second-most in the conference, and a league-high 244 yards per game on the ground.
12Sacks allowed by Indiana, second-fewest among Big Ten teams, in a league-high 428 pass attempts this season.
24.2Yards per kickoff return this season by Indiana's Tevin Coleman, the second-best average among Big Ten players. The Nittany Lions are allowing an average of 22.0 yards on kickoff returns this season.
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