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Nebraska (7-3) at Penn State (6-4)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 23, 3:30 p.m. (et)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Beaver Stadium (106,572) -- University Park, Pennsylvania. Television: BTN. Home Record: Nebraska 5-2, PSU 5-1. Away Record: Nebraska 2-1, PSU 0-3. Neutral Record: Nebraska 0-0, PSU 1-0. Conference Record: Nebraska 4-2, PSU 3-3. Series Record: Nebraska leads, 8-7.

GAME NOTES: The Penn State Nittany Lions will play their final home game of the season on Saturday afternoon, as they entertain the Nebraska Cornhuskers in a Big Ten Conference tussle at Beaver Stadium.

Nebraska was featured in the AP poll early in the season, but while it was dropped from the ranks following a Sept. 14 loss to UCLA (41-21), it is still in the midst of a solid season at 7-3 overall and 4-2 in the Big Ten. The Cornhuskers had a tough test versus nationally-ranked Michigan State last Saturday and fell short in a 41-28 final.

Penn State has alternated wins with losses in every week since Sept. 7, resulting in a 6-4 overall record and a 3-3 mark in conference play. The Nittany Lions pieced together perhaps their most impressive Big Ten victory of the season last weekend, as they dismissed visiting Purdue, 45-21, to improve to 5-1 at home.

Nebraska has beaten Penn State on three straight occasions to take an 8-7 lead in the all-time series, although the Nittany Lions are 5-2 versus the Cornhuskers at Beaver Stadium.

Despite having one of the most potent offenses in the Big Ten this season (35.1 ppg, 44.0 ypg), things have not gone as smoothly in recent weeks for Nebraska, as it is averaging just 23.0 ppg over the last four games.

A big reason for the Cornhuskers' decline has been the loss of quarterback Taylor Martinez for the season with various injuries. In his absence, Tommy Armstrong, Jr. (.530, 802 yards, seven touchdowns, seven interceptions) has seen the majority of the snaps, although Ron Kellogg III (.672, 529 yards, four TDs, INT) has been more effective with limited reps.

While it's been a revolving door under center for the Cornhuskers, one constant has been the outstanding play of Ameer Abdullah, who is the nation's sixth-leading rusher with 1,336 yards. He has also been a viable receiving option (22 receptions, 191 yards) and has crossed the plane of the end zone nine times. Imani Cross (407 yards) is also heavily utilized, especially near the goal line (10 TDs).

Quincy Enunwa has found success regardless of who has been throwing him the ball, tallying 41 receptions and 536 yards while ranking second in the Big Ten in receiving touchdowns with eight. Kenny Bell (39 receptions, 466 yards) gives the Huskers a formidable duo out wide.

Nebraska has played pretty well defensively, holding opposing teams to just 24.6 points per game, 373.5 yards per game and a 31 percent conversion rate on third down.

Randy Gregory has established himself as one of the best defensive linemen in the conference, racking up 48 tackles, 15.0 TFL, 8.5 sacks, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Stanley Jean-Baptiste (four INTs) and Ciante Evans (three INTs, FF) have been active in the turnover battle.

While Penn State has one of the Big Ten's most successful offenses in terms of yardage (434.6 ypg), it hasn't always translated to success on the scoreboard (29.3 ppg). Last week against Purdue, however, everything was clicking, as the unit amassed 501 yards, 31 first downs and a season-high-tying 45 points.

Christian Hackenberg is off to a promising start to his career under center. The freshman has completed 59 percent of his passes for 2,399 yards with 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Hackenberg's performance has certainly been lifted by the presence of Allen Robinson, who has established himself as one of the best receivers in the nation with 81 grabs for 1,204 yards (both tops in the Big Ten) and six touchdowns.

Bill Belton and Zach Zwinak have split carries in the backfield, with the former amassing 796 yards and five scores on 154 attempts, and the latter 725 yards and 12 scores on 153 totes. Zwinak scored three times last week.

The Nittany Lions have held their own defensively (26.7 ppg, 375.7 ypg), although both numbers rank in the bottom half of the Big Ten.

Glenn Carson leads the unit with 75 tackles. Jordan Lucas (53 tackles) has three interceptions and 14 passes defended, while C.J. Olaniyan anchors the defensive line with 10.0 TFL, 4.0 sacks and two forced fumbles.

Penn State appears to be improving as the season goes on, while Nebraska is doing just the opposite. In front of their home crowd for the final time this season, expect the Nittany Lions to pull out the win.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Penn State 30, Nebraska 27

11/20 10:43:15 ET

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DUKE 47
TULA 13
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ECU 70
UNC 41
 
Final
TOWSN 31
NCCU 20
 
Final
NCSU 42
PRES 0
 
Final
KAN 2
DET 3
Final
CHC 8
LOS 7
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OAK 0
PHI 3
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NYY 3
TOR 6
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COL 5
ARI 1
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BAL 7
BOS 2
 
8th
PIT 0
MIL 0
 
9th
TAM 3
CWS 1
 
6th
MIN 2
CLE 7
 
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ATL 2
NYM 4
 
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HOU 10
SEA 1
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MIA 2
WAS 3
 
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STL 8
CIN 4
 
6th
SDP 1
SFG 0
 
4th
ANA 3
TEX 0
 
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WISC 68
BGU 17
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MSU 73
EMICH 14
Final
VT 24
GT 27
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PITT 20
IOWA 24
Final
RICE 42
ODU 45
Final
UGA 66
TROY 0
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SYR 20
MD 34
Final
DUKE 47
TULA 13
Final
COL 21
HAW 12
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AKR 17
MARS 48
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WAKE 24
ARMY 21
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KU 24
CMICH 10
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ALA 42
UF 21
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FIU 3
LOU 34
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ECU 70
UNC 41
 
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NAVY 24
RUTG 31
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SMU 6
TEXAM 58
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MICH 10
UTAH 26
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BYU 41
UVA 33
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WYO 20
FATL 19
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MIZZ 27
IND 31
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PSU 48
UMASS 7
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MINN 24
SJST 7
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ILL 42
TXST 35
 
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WASH 45
GASTATE 14
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SMISS 14
APPST 14
 
1st
TOL 13
BST 0
 
4th
OHIO 29
IDAHO 24
 
4th
CIN 31
UMO 24
 
4th
MEM 36
MTST 17
 
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LSU 16
MSST 34
 
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ARK 52
NILL 14
 
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ARKST 7
UTST 14
 
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SALABAMA 6
GASO 21
 
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WVU 24
OKLA 31
 
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VANDY 21
SCAR 27
 
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NEB 24
MIAMI 20
 
3rd
NMST 21
NMU 21
 
3rd
HOU 20
UNLV 7
 
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FSU 3
CLEM 10
 
1st
ARZ 0
CAL 7
 
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Final
TOWSN 31
NCCU 20
 
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NCSU 42
PRES 0