By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
In this story, we’ll look back at the 2018 Penn State Nittany Lions football in their season in review. The Nittany Lions finished with a 9-4 record.
Penn State won their first four games of the season. Then, following back-to-back losses, the team went 5-2 in their final seven games of the season.
The team lost games to the Ohio State Buckeyes, Michigan State Spartans, Michigan Wolverines, and the Kentucky Wildcats.
The loss to the Wildcats came in the Fiesta Bowl. Kentucky won 27-24 on Jan. 1, 2019.
Trace McSorley went 192 of 361 for 2,530 yards. He also had 18 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Tommy Stevens also went 8 of 11 for 110 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Sean Clifford went 5 of 7 for 195 yards with two touchdowns.
Miles Sanders led the team in rushing with 220 carries for 1,274 yards and nine touchdowns. McSorley also had 170 carries for 798 yards and 12 touchdowns. Ricky Slade also made a significant contribution with 45 carries for 257 yards and six touchdowns.
KJ Hamler led the team in receiving with 42 receptions for 754 yards and five touchdowns. Pat Freiermuth also had 26 receptions for 368 yards and eight touchdowns. Juwan Johnson had 25 receptions for 352 yards and one touchdown.
DeAndre Thompkins also made a significant contribution with 25 receptions for 329 yards and two touchdowns.
Micah Parsons led the team with 82 tackles, including 4.0 tackles for a loss. He also had 1.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.
Parsons had ten more tackles than its nearest teammate, Jan Johnson, who had 72 tackles.
Four players had 10 or more tackles for a loss. Yetur Gross-Matos led the team with 20.0 tackles for a loss, while Shareef Miller had 15.0 tackles for a loss. Kevin Givens had 10.5 tackles for a loss and Robert Windsor had 10.0 tackles.
Gross-Matos also led the team with 8.0 sacks on the season. Miller had 7.5 sacks, while Windsor had 6.5 sacks and Givens and Shaka Toney also had 5.0 sacks each.
Three players led the team in interceptions, as Nick Scott, Garrett Taylor, and Amani Oruwariye had three interceptions each. John Reid had two, while Johnson and Ellis Brooks had one each.
Cameron Brown led the team with three forced fumbles. Gross-Matos and Parsons were second with two forced fumbles.
Several players led the team with one fumble recovery.
Oruwariye led the team with 11 pass deflections. John Reid was second with eight, while Garrett Taylor and Tariq Castro-Fields were third with seven.
Blake Gilliken had 64 punts for 2,813 yards. He averaged 44 yards per punt.
Jake Pinegar went 53 of 55 in extra point attempts. He also went 16 of 24 in field goal attempts.
Hamler had 20 kickoff returns for 523 yards. Johnathan Thomas had three kickoff returns, while C.J. Thorpe, Nick Scott, and Koa Farmer had one each.
Thompkins also had 18 punt returns for 176 yards and a touchdown. Hamler also had 14 punt returns for 96 yards.