Penn State Football

How UMass Can Actually Put Penn State Football on Upset Alert

No. 6 Penn State Football aims to remain undefeated, and escape fully healthy ahead of next Saturday’s showdown against Ohio State, when the Nittany Lions host UMass at Beaver Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Each week, we preview the upcoming game, to get Penn State‘s opponent’s perspective on the matchup, with a beat reporter who covers the opposition.

For this week version of Behind Enemy Lines, We spoke to Adam Hargraves from Masslive.com

Your Initial thoughts on Penn State vs Umass:

UMass will have a difficult time keeping the game close on the road against a nationally ranked, Power Five school.  UMass has the 123rd ranked defense among FBS schools. Compounding that is a rash of injuries in the secondary.


Who on Offense should Penn State be concerned

UMass quarterback Taisun Phommachanh has big play ability but his mobility is limited right now as he is dealing with an injury. 
Running back Kay’Ron Lynch-Adams rushed for a career best last week in loss against Toledo.  Lynch-Adams rushed for 157 yards on 20 carries including a 47-yard touchdown. 
Anthony Simpson and George Johnson III have big play capabilities at wide receiver. 

Do you think we’ll see Penn State take on UMass from Gillette Stadium in the future?


For those who don’t follow Umass what makes this matchup very interesting 

Taisun Phommachanh, when fully healthy, is a dangerous player. While he is limited, he can still evade the pass rush to give his receivers extra time to get open downfield. Seeing how he can compete while not functioning at 100 percent against a dominant defense will be interesting.  

What is one reason why UMass Upsets Penn State

Phommachanh returns to form and has a career game, allowing the UMass offense to outscore Penn State.

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David Malandra Jr.

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