Nittany Lions White Hot in Red Zone Under Coach O'Brien

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Nittany Lions have been automatic inside the red zone during the 2013 season, converting all 15 visits into points.

9264322.jpegOf the 15 visits into the red area this season, Penn State has scored 12 touchdowns, including visits to the end zone in 12 of its last 13 red zone trips.  With the Nittany Lions batting 1.000 in red zone offense, they are among just 10 schools in Division I FBS who are perfect this season on scoring chances inside the 20 (Stanford, Rice, Boston College, Connecticut, Oklahoma State, Maryland, Iowa State, Colorado, Oregon State and Penn State).  Additionally, Penn State is one of just five teams with a 100 percent mark in red zone offense on 10 or more attempts.

What makes the Nittany Lions so good in the red zone?  Head coach Bill O'Brien said it is a combination of many things.

"We have good players who understand how to execute in the red zone," O'Brien said.  "We feel like our red area package is pretty strong.  We believe in it.  We practice it a lot, and it has been good.  And I think the other thing, too, is that we have a very reliable kicker.  That really helps us."

Under O'Brien, Penn State has been superb in the red zone for two seasons.  Spanning back to the Lions' last 50 visits inside the red zone, which dates back 11 games to the Northwestern game in 2012, Penn State is 46-for-50 (92 percent) on trips ending in points.  That list includes 32 touchdowns.


Penn State in the Red Zone:
Last 11 games (50 trips inside the 20)


Game

Red Zone Trips

Red Zone TD/FG

Northwestern (2012)

6-6

5/1

at Iowa (2012)

5-6

4/1

Ohio State (2012)

3-4

2/1

at Purdue (2012)

5-5

3/2

at Nebraska (2012)

4-6

1/3

Indiana (2012)

5-5

4/1

Wisconsin (2012)

3-3

1/2

Syracuse

2-2

0/2

Eastern Michigan

4-4

4/0

UCF

4-4

4/0

Kent State

5-5

4/1

Totals

46-50

32 TD / 14 FG




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