Between turnovers lost and allowing big passing plays, this game followed a similar game theme to last year. Congrats to the pessimist IU fans who did well this week in our over/under contest.
1. Saquon Barkley All-Purpose Yards – Over/Under 199.5 – Actual 205
Outside the opening 98 yard kickoff return, Indiana did a great job of containing Barkley. He gained just 56 rushing yards on 20 carries as well as adding 51 yards receiving. He did add a passing touchdown in garbage time, although that isn’t included in the all-purpose yard statistic.
2. Hayden Whitehead punts – Over/Under 6.5 – Actual 8
Whitehead, and Indiana as a team, are averaging the most punts per game in the FBS at 7.8 after 8 punts against Penn State. That’s not ideal. Additionally, Whitehead had a bit of an off day, averaging just 38 yards per punt. He is 10th in the Big Ten in yards per punt at 41.
3. Indiana fumbles lost – Over/Under 0.5 – Actual 3
This one ended just 1 play into the game as Morgan Ellison powered though for an 18 yard gain. Unfortunately it also ended with his first collegiate fumble. Later in the 1st quarter J-Shun Harris would fumble a punt. In the 3rd quarter Devonte Williams fumbled on his 5th carry and was then replaced with Cole Gest who received 10 carries the rest of the way. Gest looked better than Williams and didn’t fumble so it will be interesting to see if Gest is the clear #3 back once Majette returns.
4. Morgan Ellison rushing yards – Over/Under 69.5 – Actual 53
Ellison was well on his way to reaching the line here, but had just 2 carries in the 2nd half. He was briefly banged up although he did come back into the game following his injury. After the game there was no injury update, but hopefully he’s at full health against Michigan in 2 weeks.1
5. Penn State 20+ yard passes – Over/Under – 4.5 – Actual 7
This one went to the overs on the offensive pass interference not called on DaeSean Hamilton. For good measure, Trace McSorley would add 2 more pass plays of 20+ yards. On the day, he had 7, down from the 8 IU allowed last year. On the season, Indiana is tied for 66th with 14 pass plays of 20+ yards allowed.
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