Blue White Illustrated

Rutgers Postgame

Penn State Sports Magazine

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N O V E M B E R 1 7 , 2 0 1 8 B L U E W H I T E O N L I N E . c O M 3 the passing game, and that's been a bit of a storyline this year. We've got to get that fixed this week and moving forward." • K.J. Hamler was the starting punt re- turner in place of DeAndre Thompkins, but it didn't help Penn State pull out of its special teams malaise. Hamler had a 15- yard return but also was fortunate to re- cover a first-quarter muff that would have flipped the field position in Rutgers' favor. LOOKING AHEAD The regular season comes to a close at home next Saturday against Maryland. Away from the field, the Terrapins have been in turmoil ever since the summer. But they have been competitive on the field throughout the season, including this week against College Football Playoff hopeful Ohio State. With Tyrrell Pigrome starting at quar- terback in place of Kasim Hill, who suf- fered a season-ending ACL tear last week against Indiana, the Terps took the Buck- eyes to overtime before falling on a failed two-point conversion attempt, 52-51. They didn't ask Pigrome to do too much, preferring instead to hand the ball to An- thony McFarland. The freshman running back responded with 298 rushing yards. Against Penn State, they'll be playing for a chance to become bowl-eligible. The way the Nittany Lions' offense has struggled lately, it's hard to feel fully con- fident in their ability to keep pace with anyone in a shootout, least of all a Mary- land team that just hung 51 points on Ohio State. The Lions will need their defense to come through for them again on senior day if they want to stay in contention for a 10-win season. "It's going to be a pretty significant week next week," Franklin said. "This senior class has got a chance to really do some great things and really end the season on a positive note. You think about this sen- ior class, these guys, what they've meant to Penn State in our history, in our resur- rection in some ways. I hope the stadium is sold out next week. We've got another really good Big Ten opponent coming into our place. But more than anything, Trace McSorley, Amani Oruwariye, all those seniors – they deserve to have that sta- dium sold out, and they deserve to be sent out the right way." A NEW WAY TO ACCESS POSTGAME COVERAGE Starting this season, Blue White Il- lustrated's postgame coverage will be available via All of our game stories, including the story above on Saturday's victory over Rutgers, can now be accessed from the website. The change in format allows us to bring readers more gameday cover- age than ever before: game recaps, player features, notebooks, high- lights and lowlights, game grades and recruiting news. To find BWI's postgame coverage, visit the links below: HIGHLIGHTS AND LOWLIGHTS GAME GRADES FEATURE STORIES STATISTICS Hamler was the Nittany Lions' leading receiver against the Scarlet Knights, finish- ing the game with five catches for 71 yards. Photo by Steve Manuel

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