UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Running back Journey Brown gave Penn State’s offense a lift Saturday afternoon against Rutgers with 103 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-6 victory in the regular season finale. Penn State (10-2, 7-2) once again relied on a stout defensive effort to stymie a lowly Rutgers (2-10, 0-9) team which was looking for a signature win to regroup on in the coming offseason.
After his performance this afternoon, Brown now looks to be the feature back in an offense that is often times inconsistent. “I always want to do my best regardless of the circumstances… It just gives me another ‘Why?’ Why do I love this game?”
There is little doubt as to how much the Meadville product is enjoying his game right now, at the most crucial juncture of the season. With the Lions now setting their eyes on bowl season Journey Brown will have a lot to say in the success moving forward not just for the remainder of this season for the coming two seasons left in his eligibility.
Heading into halftime, the Nittany Lions led 7-3 and head coach James Franklin admitted to his team’s lackluster performance offensively.
“We weren’t as explosive as we needed to be and probably gave up too many explosive plays as well,” Franklin said of his team.
Quarterback Sean Clifford was absent for the contest Saturday following an injury he sustained against Ohio State in the prior week.
“Rather than him each week gradually kind of losing his mobility, this decision would give us the best chance to get him back to 100 percent for the bowl game,” Franklin added.
As the Nittany Lions limp across the finish line, there will now be a much needed break until their bowl destination in the coming weeks.