Away we wear white: Nittany Lions face the Northwestern Wildcats in a showdown of the felines
Last year, Northwestern defeated Penn State 29-6, but Penn State has a winning record against Northwestern and looks to add to it this Saturday beginning at noon (EST).
Penn State, coming off of an astounding 39-0 win against Illinois last weekend, may have an adrenaline advantage over Northwestern, who had a bye last week after a tight 30-28 win over Nebraska two weeks prior.
The Nittany Lions best the Wildcats in passing yards, 204.1 to 145.6 and total offense 349.0 to 331.8. With the Lions getting stronger each day on offense, this could spell out another win for the squad.
Defensively, Penn State looks to continue its strong season against a powerful redshirt freshman quarterback, Clayton Thorson. Thorson has had a strong passing game all season, but Franklin knows the Lions are ready.
“He’s a big, strong guy… We’re going to have to be ready,” noted Franklin.
When asked about Thorson, redshirt junior safety Malik Golden (Hartford, Conn.) commented, “You’ve got to play with confidence. You’ve got to think that you’re going to win every game.”
After missing extra points and a field goal last week, it is entirely possible that redshirt freshman Joey Julius (Hummelstown, Pa.) may be out of the running as a starting kicker for the rest of the season. Franklin would not directly comment on this, but fans can expect to see more of Tyler Davis’ (St. Charles, Ill.) accuracy and strong leg this weekend.
Penn State looks to make another fantastic showing this weekend with fierce freshman running back Saquon Barkley (Coplay, Pa.), recent standout junior wide receiver Geno Lewis (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.), and steady sophomore wide receiver Chris Godwin (Middletown, Del.). Their speed and natural intuition on the turf have given the team countless scoring opportunities, many of which the Lions converted into hard-earned touchdowns.
In other Nittany Lion news, senior defensive end Carl Nassib (West Chester, Pa.) was selected as a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award for the College Defensive Player of the Year. He is one of just 20 candidates for the honor. Penn State currently has four Bednarik Award winners, the most of any school in the country.
Tune in for a noon kick off this Saturday to watch the Penn State Nittany Lions prove to the Northwestern Wildcats that despite being in Wildcat territory, a Lion, wherever he goes, really is the king of the jungle.