Most Penn State fans did not know who Brandon Smith was prior to the season. Now, they know him as the linebacker who continually makes big plays.
Smith, a walk-on, was at it again on Saturday. Indiana decided to go for it on 4th-and-goal from the 1-yard line, where quarterback Richard Lagow thought he had a receiver open in the end zone. But Smith, who entered the game after Jason Cabinda got banged up earlier in the third quarter, dived to break up the pass and caused a turnover on downs.
Brandon Smith with the HUGE 4th down stop. pic.twitter.com/VOFchKPZmO
— Roar Lions Roar (@RLRblog) November 12, 2016
Smith who was thrown into the starting lineup earlier this season after Penn State saw multiple linebackers get injured. Since, he has made 43 tackles – 2.5 of which have come for a loss – and has two interceptions.
Penn State needed the stop as the team trailed Indiana, 17-14, about halfway through the third quarter.