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Over/Under revisited - Kent State

We revisit some of the key stat categories in Penn State's 34-0 win over Kent State on Saturday at Beaver Stadium.

Penn State's three running backs combined for 278 rushing yards against Kent State.

Turnovers by Penn State offense: 0.5

The Verdict: OVER

The Nittany Lions weren't too sloppy with the football considering the conditions, but they still gave one away on a poorly throw ball by Christian Hackenberg in the second half. Hackenberg looked downfield for Allen Robinson and badly underthrew the Nittany Lions' star wideout, resulting in a pick by Kent State's Dylan Farrington. Penn State was lucky a few times, as a Hackenberg fumble was covered up by Donovan Smith and when Angelo Mangiro made a great play to hop on an Akeel Lynch fumble late in the game. Penn State finished with just one turnover, which was a plus in the wet conditions.

Penn State's third down conversion percentage: 35 percent

The Verdict: OVER

Penn State put forth its best effort so far this season on third downs, converting 7 of 18 attempts for a 39 percent clip. One of the reasons they were so successful was the relative improvement on first and second down. Of those 18 third down attempts, Penn State found itself needing four or fewer yards on nine of those attempts. Beyond that, Penn State was 2 of 9 on plays needing more than five yards.

Tackles for Loss for Roosevelt Nix: 1.5

The Verdict: OVER

Kent State's standout defensive tackle finished with two tackles for loss, but was neutralized for the most part by Penn State's interior offensive line. Nix finished the game with five total tackles but did not get to the quarterback. After getting into a rhythm, Penn State's offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage and the Nittany Lions' three-headed tailback monster finished with a combined 278 yards on 42 carries, a 6.6 yards per carry average.

Touchdowns by Penn State Tight Ends: 1

The Verdict: UNDER

The Nittany Lions were oh so close to getting their first touchdown from a tight end this season and Jesse James was cut down at the Kent State 2-yard-line early in the second quarter. With only 13 completions to go around, the tight ends made dent in the numbers, with James hauling in 3 balls for 20 yards and Kyle Carter and Adam Breneman breaking off chunks of 29 and 27 yards on one catch each, respectively.

Total yards for Kent State: 300

The Verdict: UNDER

A week after surrendering 507 yards to visiting Central Florida, the Nittany Lions buckled down and held the visiting Golden Flashes to just 190 yards on 60 plays on Saturday. Kent State couldn't seem to get anything going on the ground, gaining 56 yards on 24 carries and didn't fare much better in the air with multiple drops in the wet conditions. Glenn Carson put forth a strong effort with seven tackles and two tackles for loss. Ryan Keiser was probably the player of the game for the Nittany Lions on that side of the ball, registering four tackles, a sack, an interception and three pass breakups. Deion Barnes got into the mix with six tackles and a half-sack.

Passes thrown by Tyler Ferguson: 4

The Verdict: UNDER

With the game well in hand, Ferguson entered with 5:44 remaining in the fourth quarter and the Nittany Lions leading 31-0. He promptly handed off four times to Von Walker and came up short on a pass to Alex Kenney. Ferguson has thrown just four passes all season as Bill O'Brien has gone all-in with Christian Hackenberg with the games still in doubt.

The Line: Penn State by 20.5

The Verdict: Penn State

By gametime, the line had actually grown to Penn State -23, but it didn't matter much in the end. It wasn't as dominating as the scoreboard would indicate, but the Nittany Lions turned it up in the second half much like they did against Eastern Michigan two weeks ago. Penn State is now averaging 33.2 points per game and the defense did not let up a point against MAC opponents this season.

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