Penn State Football

‘Complementary Football’ Powering Penn State Football Into Ohio State Clash

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — What didn’t go well for Penn State Saturday against the University of Massachusetts Minutemen?

Well, the offense started slow for the first two drives and Harrison Wallace III fumbled to give Penn State their first offensive turnover of the season.

Beyond that, everything was beyond positive for Penn State as the Nittany Lions moved to 6-0 on the season and became bowl eligible in a 63-0 victory over the Minutemen.

Penn State’s defense was excellent again, forcing one turnover and racked up seven sacks on the day while allowing only 109 yards (1.8 yards per play).

Meanwhle, Penn State’s offense scored on seven consecutive offensive drives. quarterback Drew Allar racked up 3 touchdowns through the air and one more on the ground. Allar still has not turned the ball over in 248 pass attempts in his career.


At his post-game press conference, James Franklin used the term “complementary football,” a term he has used multiple times this season describing this Nittany Lions team.

According to Franklin, “the defense has been able to control the game,” while the offense “has been playing good complementary football.” Franklin continued, “We’re playing winning football” and need to “continue to find ways to win. That’s all that matters.”

When discussing the season as a whole, Franklin asked the question, “are we getting better each week?” His response, “I feel like we are doing that”.

Franklin noted the areas that Penn State has been improving this season are finding different ways to win and “practicing on a more consistent level at a high level.”

With the team heading into Columbus next week to face the undefeated Buckeyes, Penn State will need to play its best complementary football to come away with the upset. Franklin noted, “We have to get better this week” and throughout the season to reach the goals that the team has set for themselves.

Coming away with a win next week would go a long way on the way to reaching those goals for Penn State.


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Robert Casturo

Expertise: College Football, Penn State Football Education: Saint Vincent College, Penn State Law School Location: Washington, DC Experience: Robert Casturo has covered Penn State football for NittanyCentral since 2022. Casturo previously covered Penn State football through a social media presence (@PSU_FB_Thoughts on X) since 2019. Casturo earned his bachelor's degree from Saint Vincent College in 2015, where he was a punter for 1 season on the Saint Vincent College football team and worked in the athletic department for 2 years as a student manager. Casturo earned his JD from Penn State Law in 2018 where he was a senior editor of the Penn State Law Review.