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By The Numbers: Penn State As A Second Half Team

While Penn State football doesn’t always start off as fiercely as it finishes, this team is getting results and finding ways to win. If Penn State takes home the B1G Championship trophy this weekend, it’ll likely do so because of its second half efforts. So let’s take a look at the numbers behind its second half dominance this season.

Mike Gesicki and Saquon Barkley Penn State Football vs Michigan State 2016

62% of total points scored came in the second half this season.

45 points scored in a half is the most all season and came in the second half.

28.2 points scored on average in second half when away.

Average of 22.8 points per second half vs. an average of 13.3 points per first half.

13.0 points per fourth quarter — which is the best in the nation.

Won 5/7 games after tied or trailing at the start of the second half.

+172 second half point differential.

second half shut outs.

24 quarters in the second half scoring at least three points.

blown halftime leads.

8.5 second half points allowed per game.

21 points allowed in the second half is the highest allowed all season (Michigan).

4.6 fourth quarter points allowed per game.

second half upset over the No. 2 team in the nation.

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About the Author

Robbie Rockwell

Robbie is a sophomore from Frederick, Maryland majoring in History and minoring in Spanish. He was born and raised a Penn Stater and cares way too much about Penn State football. He's also die hard Pittsburgh sports fan despite living in Maryland. In his free time he enjoys watching basically any sport and loves to play soccer.


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