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Penn State Football: Indiana Well Aware of History Against Nittany Lions

by on October 03, 2013 3:30 PM

Sixteen times.

That's how many straight Penn State football has beaten Indiana. In fact it's the same number of times Penn State has played Indiana.

So heading into this weekend's game a new and improved Indiana program is looking to turn that streak around.

"To me, whether you've won in the past this team has never beaten this team and it's this team, and so we talk about this team. The dynamics are different every year." Indiana coach Kevin Wilson says. "We're not bringing all the teams back and playing one in a row and all that deal. This is the only time this team will have a chance to play this game. And so we talked a lot more about it, again, wherever we were at 2-2, what we needed to concentrate on."

"This is our one time to play this game. This is our one chance for Penn State. Then it will be the next game, our one chance. And just because you've done the past good or bad doesn't ensure it, doesn't guarantee it."

For Penn State the road to number 17 won't be an easy one. The Hoosiers are looking to continue their streak as one of the nation's best passing offenses this year and the Nittany Lion defense has been prone to giving up the big play. The Hoosiers average 348.5 yards a game through the air, good enough for eighth best the country. Indiana's 44.5 points a game is also good enough for 11th best in the nation. So for Penn State's defense -- one that will be without rising star safety Ryan Keiser-- this isn't an easy win in the making.

The closest contest between the two programs? Penn State won 27-24 in 2000. Games that close aren't common between the two programs though as Penn State has won all 16 contests by a convenient average of 16.75 points. Indiana has only lost by less than 10 on six occasions.

But none of that matters to Wilson. It's all about the now.

"Our team is better. When you're playing in this league, you're going to play good teams. And your talent level is where it is and you've worked it to that point. You have developed it through the offseason to this point."

"We went out this past week coming off a loss and did not really kill our guys. We coached our guys like a winning team and the things we think they needed to do to improve to win. Because I think our guys had the attitude that we want, they're working like we want, and that we as coaches got to put them in good position."

"And that's how we approached this week, and that's how we're approaching this game. It's not about something we've never done; it's taking advantage of these days to go out at 12:00 and go 60 minutes against a good team and do our best and see what it does. And that's how we're approaching it."



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