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Penn State Fans Confused By Plan At Running Back

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STATE COLLEGE, PA - OCTOBER 13: Miles Sanders #24 of the Penn State Nittany Lions rushes for 78 yards against Joe Bachie #35 of the Michigan State Spartans and Khari Willis #27 of the Michigan State Spartans on October 13, 2018 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Penn State is on the verge of knocking off No. 16 Michigan in a pivotal Big Ten contest. The Nittany Lions lead the Wolverines 21-14 late in the third quarter.

While PSU fans are happy with the lead, they're confused by how the coaching staff is utilizing the running backs. After back-to-back 100-plus yard games, RB Noah Cain didn't receive a carry in the first half on Saturday night.

One analyst noticed Penn State's strange running back rotation and took to Twitter to question the staff's methods.

Strange. Most teams like to give the ball to the player who has the hot hand.

Cain had 105 yards vs. Purdue two weeks ago and 102 yards against Iowa last Saturday, adding two scores in the process. It appeared Cain was on his way to earning the starting reps.

But after zero carries in the first half, it's tough to gauge where exactly the Penn State running back rotation stands. Something to point out is how elite Michigan's run defense is, though.

Very few teams have success running the football against the Wolverines. So far, the Nittany Lions have 105 yards on 19 carries with the third quarter winding down.

You can catch the rest of the Michigan-Penn State game on ABC.