"It was something that we didn't even practice, to be honest with you", Gesicki said. So you just have to strike a balance.
"That's kind of what you can do when you're coach Moorhead and you're a football genius".
With that out of the way, here's what Moorhead said to those who ask why the team doesn't go under center. "People don't like to be criticized and they do like to be praised". We picked out the ones that come up most in chats, comments, and emails throughout the week. According to the coordinator, Moorhead's group has produced 15 more "explosive plays" - runs of 12-or-more yards; passes of 15-or-more yards - at this point in 2017 than it did through four games previous year. "Penn State may not be as highly ranked as BC, but those wins are important". Amid stories of poor player relations, Wilson was sacked (or, "resigned due to philosophical differences.") after the regular season and replaced by Allen, who in his first year as DC had changed the standards on that side of the ball.
Saquon Barkley is special.
It's not an uncommon strategy. Penn State's punt coverage unit has been great all season, but its secondary gave up a few big plays last week. "I think, offensively, our best football is still ahead of us".
Saturday will provide an interesting test for Moorhead's offense.
Featuring Barkley and Akrum Wadley, the Penn State - Iowa game was a battle of two talented running backs and one of the best contests of the week. With 4,222 career all-purpose yards (3,090 rush, 898 receiving, 234 return), Barkley moved up five spots on the Penn State career charts to the sixth position and is the ninth player in program history with 4,000 career all-purpose yards.
James Franklin said last week Iowa's defensive approach was informed by Allen's game plan for the Hoosier D a year ago. And he and Moorhead will have themselves another chess match. It really put us into the national picture and from that point forward we never looked back.
"Iowa was trying to keep everything in front of them", Moorhead said Thursday in a conference call with reporters. "I think it's something when you get inside the 10 you wanna come away with touchdowns and not field goals". "To this point in the season, we are averaging 40 points, close to 500 yards of total offense". On Monday, Barkley won his second Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award, the Big Ten Rose Bowl Player of the Week and was named to the Paul Hornung Award weekly honor roll. IN is 2-1 against the spread this season while Penn State has posted a 2-1-1 record against the spread.