PENN STATE VS. IN­DI­ANA

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS -

No. 12Penn State (7-2, 5-1 Big 10, No. 10 CFP) at In­di­ana (5-4, 3-3), Satur­day, noon (ABC/ ESPN2) Line: Penn State by 7.

Se­ries: Penn State, 18-1.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Penn State needs to close with a flurry to have any chance of catch­ing No. 2 Michi­gan in the Big Ten East and a loss at In­di­ana would likely end any hope of catch­ing up. In­di­ana is try­ing to be­come bowl el­i­gi­ble for the sec­ond straight sea­son, a feat they last achieved in 1990-91.

KEY MATCHUP

In­di­ana rush­ing game vs. Penn State de­fense. In­di­ana coach Kevin Wilson has tried just about ev­ery­thing to get the Hoosiers run­ning game off the ground, even us­ing 270-pound fresh­man Tyler Na­tee as a QB in the “Wild­cat.” But aside from one big week against Mary­land, the Hoosiers have strug­gled.

PLAY­ERS TO WATCH

Penn State: RB Saquon Barkley. The Big Ten’s lead­ing rusher is the only one, so far, to top the 1,000-yard mark this sea­son. His 13 scores are No. 2 in the con­fer­ence and he’s even bet­ter when QB Trace McSor­ley forces de­fenses to be hon­est.

In­di­ana: LB Tegray Scales. The ju­nior has been mak­ing plays all over the field this sea­son and is a ma­jor rea­son for the Hoosiers’ de­fen­sive turn­around. He’s had dou­ble-digit tack­les in seven of nine games this sea­son, is tied for sec­ond in the con­fer­ence in tack­les (85) and will need an­other big game to help the Hoosiers stay com­pet­i­tive Satur­day.

FACTS & FIG­URES

Penn State has won five straight since los­ing to Michi­gan in the con­fer­ence opener . ... In­di­ana is 3-3 in con­fer­ence play for the first time since 2006. The Hoosiers haven’t won four league games since 2001 . ... The Nit­tany Li­ons have outscored their last two op­po­nents by a com­bined 103-38 . ... The Hoosiers have 10 sacks and 28 tack­les for loss in their last three games . .... Penn State’s only loss in this se­ries was a 44-24 de­feat in 2013 . ... Hoosiers QB Richard Lagow is sec­ond in the con­fer­ence in yards pass­ing per game (286.0) but is tied with Pur­due’s David Blough for most in­ter­cep­tions (13).

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