for Indiana's up-tempo offense. In last year's meeting (PSU won 45-22), the Hoosiers got off 85 plays but averaged a rather modest 5.62 ypp. The Nittany Lions also won the time of possession battle 34-26.
“They’re trying to run 90 to 100 plays a game,” O’Brien said at his weekly teleconference. “So you have to get lined up, communicate properly and handle the tempo. Then they have some really good skill players … so they’ll get you in situations where you’re going to have to make plays in space.
“You have to gauge tempo during the game, how is the game going,” he said. “You don’t want to put your defense in bad situations where they’ve just been out there and you go up-tempo, and it’s a 30-second drive, you’re three (plays) and out, and your defense is right back out there. That’s not being a very good head coach or offensive coordinator,” two jobs held by O’Brien.