Penn State took care of business Saturday afternoon, demolishing an over-matched Delaware team, 63-7. The Nittany Lions got up in the first quarter and relinquished their lead from that point on in the victory.
Here are our takeaways from Saturday’s action.
Kaytron Allen featured early
Penn State head coach James Franklin was effusive with praise for running back Kaytron Allen this week and Saturday showed why. Allen started the game for Penn State and was a major part of the Nittany Lion offense when the first team was on the field. The sophomore carried the ball 19 times for 103 yards and a touchdown, and was targeted multiple times in the passing game. Allen is going to be a crucial part of the Penn State offense, and making sure he stays involved alongside fellow sophomore running back Nick Singleton will be important for the team moving forward. You can argue who the better back is between the two, but both are going to have a major say in how this season goes for the offense.
Drew Allar plays with precision
The Nittany Lions didn’t have to throw the ball often when the first team offense was in the game, but when they did, they did it well. Drew Allar was accurate on almost all of his throws, hitting receivers in stride and allowing them to make plays in the open field. Last week’s win over West Virginia was a good example of Allar taking control of an offense and making the type of plays he’s capable of with his arm talent. This week was more about knowing the opponent and taking advantage by letting his playmakers do the work and not forcing the issue. It was always likely that Allar would excel Saturday, but the way he did is more proof that he’s capable of winning games for his team in a variety of ways.
Penn State gets what it pays for
At the end of the day, Saturday was about Penn State paying Delaware to come to Beaver Stadium and lose, while giving the Nittany Lions a chance to get reps for their young players. That’s exactly what happened, with the game never looking close and Penn State running away with it in the first half. That opened the door for the backups to come in and seize their opportunity to play in front of a Beaver Stadium crowd. This, of course, is why Penn State kept trying to run the offense against the Mountaineers last week and it’s no surprise that Franklin continued to emphasize those kind of reps for young players this week.