After last Saturday’s disappointing loss to the Michigan Wolverines, Penn State Football will host the Rutgers Scarlett Knights to close out its home schedule.
Rutgers’ offense relies heavily on running, averaging 169.5 yards per game. Kyle Monangai leads the team in rushing with 942 yards and seven touchdowns.
Meanwhile, quarterback Gavin Wimsatt is second in rushing with 409 yards and seven touchdowns.
Last week, Penn State struggled to stop the run against Michigan, giving up 227 yards. The Wolverines ran the ball 32 straight times and did not throw a pass in the second half.
Since it’s part of their offense, Rutgers should run the ball a lot …
The Nittany Lions must load the box and stop the Scarlet Knights’ rushing attack.
Penn State Football still has a top rushing defense, giving up only 77.2 yards on the ground. They will need to play physically and tackle well.
If they stop the run, it will make Rutgers pass more, which they don’t like to do.
Wimsatt has only completed 48% of his passes, and has thrown for 1,356 yards, eight touchdowns, and six interceptions.
When Rutgers does pass, they look for receiver Christian Dremel and Jaque Jackson. They only average 140.9 passing yards per game.
Coming off last week’s loss, the Nittany Lions should be mad and come out and dominate Rutgers. Rutgers should not be able to move the ball much on defense like Penn State’s.
Its a simple and easy defensive game plan: stop the run!