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Eastern Michigan Loses to Penn State, 45-7

The Eagles were beat down in the second half of Saturday's game.

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EMU Falls Flat In The 2nd Half, Lose 45-7

The EMU Eagles continue to disappoint. Entering halftime the Eagles trailed Penn State 17-7 and despite a lackluster offensive performance, were very much in the game. That all changed in the second half.

Penn State scored four times in the final 17 minutes of the game to put EMU away easily, 45-7.

In the end EMU's lack of offensive production got the best of them as the defense was beat down in the final stretch of the game. The Eagles managed just 183 yards of total offense, compared to allowing 583 from the Nittany Lions. EMU's offensive line struggled to get any separation, and ti showed.

The Eagles managed just 65 yards on the ground, on 35 attempts for a 1.7 yards-per-carry average. Tyler Benz played relatively well, despite the fact that they couldn't get anything moving offensively. He was 17-of-26 for just 115 yards, but limited mistakes and didn't turn the ball over.

Penn State was bigger, faster, stronger, and hungrier for the win. Freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg torched the Eagles' defense in the second half, finishing the game with 311 yards and a touchdown on a 45-yard pass to Allen Robinson less than three minutes into the fourth quarter. The Eagles allowed several big plays all game, including a 51-yard TD run by Bill Benton.

Ron English's defense allowed two 100-yard rushers on the day, Benton and Akeel Lynch. Benton and fellow running back Zach Zwinak added two scores apiece.  All told the Nittany Lions accumulated 251 yards and five touchdowns on the ground.

With the loss EMU slips to 1-1, after pulling out a come-from-behind win over FCS opponent Howard in Week 1. Today the Eagles showed why many have picked them to finish last, and why unless something drastically changes in the next few weeks, English could be looking for a new job at the end of the season.

EMU is far from being competitive, and today proved it.


EMU Trails Penn State 17-7 At Halftime

Well, I can't say I saw this coming. A week after struggling to beat Howard, the Eastern Michigan Eagles are slugging it out with Penn State in Happy Valley.

The Eagles trail just 17-7 at half, and are very much in this game. While EMU has been out gained 265 to 141 so far, the Eagles aren't being blown out. The defense, though it has bent, isn't breaking. Currently Ron English's team is winning the turnover battle too, having intercepted Nittany Lions' freshman starting quarterback Christian Hackenberg, while holding him touchdown-less in the game. Oh, and a sack (yes, EMU knows how to record a sack now) on Hackenberg resulted in a fumble and an 11-yard touchdown early in the first quarter.

Offensively, EMU is struggling, but not making stupid plays. Tyler Benz is playing well, he's 12-of-18 with 93 yards, but is having trouble opening the field up. The rushing game is also struggling to get anything going as all-told the team has just 46 rushing yards on 21 carries.

But despite being outmatched physically, and the offense failing to make significant gains, the Eagles trailed by just seven with under 20 seconds left. A 39-yard field goal by Penn State kicker Sam Ficken bumped the Lions' lead up to 10. But the game is still very much up in the air. The Eagles' defense is doing its part. If the offense can build any sort of momentum, EMU has a real shot of coming out victorious in this one.


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A come-from behind win feels good, but how will the Eagles feel after playing four quarters of football in Happy Valley?

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