In terms of the big play, Adrian Amos came up big for the Lions late in Saturday’s game.
Up 20 points at the beginning of the fourth quarter, Penn State was trying to keep Indiana from getting back in the game.
With a 4th-and-2 backed up on their own 17-yard line, the Lions needed a stop in order to keep the lead from dwindling to two scores.
Insert Amos, who was in the right place at the right time when he snagged a tipped pass for an interception. He then proceeded to advance the already-big play 54 yards—essentially putting the game to rest.
While he didn’t come up with a game-altering turnover, Stephon Morris was by far the most reliable member of the secondary on Saturday.
The Lions’ senior corner recorded nine tackles (eight solo tackles) on Saturday, sticking Indiana receivers and not letting them get away.
However, the fact that Morris was third on the team in tackles shows that the Lions’ defense allowed way too many plays into the secondary.
With Malcolm Willis out due to injury, Jacob Fagnano had to step in and fill in as the full-time starter. Fagnano, who has seen a lot of action this season, tallied two breakups, but had his lapses in judgment, including a misplayed angle on Stephen Houston’s 79-yard reception.
Stephen Obeng-Agyapong also added three tackles, one of which went for a loss.
Despite the big play of Amos and the reliable tackling from Morris, the secondary as a whole allowed Indiana quarterback Cameron Coffman to throw for 454 passing yards.
Everyone knew that Indiana could sling the ball around, but more than 450 yards is unacceptable.