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Penn State Football Must be Wary of These UMass Players

No. 6 Penn State Football hosts the 1-6 Massachusetts Minutemen on Saturday in what should be an easy game for Penn State.

The Nittany Lions meet UMass for the second time in program history. The first matchup came in 2014, a 48-7 Penn State win.

Saturday, the Minutemen will receive a seven-figure pay day for their visit to Beaver Stadium.

The Nittany Lions are set to host their 103rd homecoming game. Penn State holds a 73-24-5 record in front of the alum crowd, including wins in 14 of the last 17 games.

Least season, PSU earned a 45-17 win over Minnesota in the 2022 homecoming contest.

While it should be an easy game, the Nittany Lions
have some players to pay attention to.

Running back Kay’Ron Adams leads UMass in rushing with 661 yards and six touchdowns. Adams averages 94.4 yards per game on 5.1 yards per carry.

The Nittany Lions have a stout rush defense, only up 355 yards in five games. Opponents only average 2.5 yards per carry.


Anthony Simpson has 30 catches for UMass and has 556 receiving yards. Simpson also has three touchdowns, so far this season. He is the Minutemen’s go-to receiver. Kalen King should be able to shut down Simpson.

Meanwhile, receivers Mark Pope and George Johnson III are capable receivers.

Pope has 20 catches for 272 yards with one touchdown, and Johnson has 20 catches for 262 yards and two scores.

Penn State Football boasts the No.1 total defense, giving up just 3.79 yards per play and 210.6 yards per game.

The Nittany Lions only give 9.6 points per game. It should be a long day for UMass.

You want to handle business in games like this and not turn the ball over. The Nittany Lions’ huge game is next against Ohio State, so they should take care of business and get out of this game injury-free.

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