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Penn State Football: Defense Focused, Not Relying On Past Performances

by on September 29, 2013 4:30 PM

Penn State's defense bounced back from a 34-31 loss to UCF by pitching a shutout against Kent State last Saturday. The effort was great and the outcome was as good as you could ask for, but the performance comes with an asterisk.

Kent State is one of the worst scoring teams around. 

Currently ranked 117th in the nation in points per game the Golden Flashes weren't exactly on the same level as UCF the week before. Missing their star tailback Dri Archer didn't help matters any either. Even so, Penn State's defense dominated in just about every aspect of the game.

But what lies around the corner for the Nittany Lions? The 11th best scoring offense in the nation. 

Believe it or not, Indiana football is putting up points this year. How good the Hoosiers really are is still up for debate, but the offense put up 600 yards of offense on Bowling Green just a few weeks ago. The Hoosiers are winning in style too, having never scored fewer than 28 points in a game this season.

Even though Indiana enters this coming week's contest at 2-2, the Nittany Lion defense knows it can't be too excited about its performance against Kent State and overlook a capable Indiana attack.

"Indiana is an amazing team," says safety Stephen Obeng-Agyapong. "I feel like our experience against Indiana will help us out definitely in terms of those players and those match ups. We've played them before so we're going to be able to adjust alright. It definitely helps when you go into Big Ten play to have a familiarity with these teams." 

"It was a good feeling to keep a team out of the endzone this week, but we can't settle."

Penn State will have its hands full against an Indiana attack that averages over 300 yards through the air each week. Quarterback Nate Sudfeld has thrown for 1,146 yards and 11 touchdowns already on the year. So for the Nittany Lions it'll be a matter of putting last week behind and preparing for the next team on the schedule. A team that is more than capable of airing it out for big gains  -- much like UCF did in Beaver Stadium earlier in the season.

"You have to start each week over," linebacker Glenn Carson says. "It's a clean slate and watch film and diagnose that. I think we have a lot of competitive guys that look forward to figuring out how we're going to win each week."

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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