#13 Penn State 17, Pitt 10
No, they ain’t ready. While the specialty units have their act together, the offense and defense are nowhere near ready for the Big Ten schedule. With respect to the offense sputtering on third down, the offensive line generally sucking, the boneheaded coaching, and the defense not being able to get off the field, it’s déjà vu all over again.
They didn’t cover the spread. Not by a longshot. This game was up in the air until a dumbass coaching call by the other guy late in the fourth quarter, but even then, the Nittany Lions couldn’t conduct an extended drive to run out the clock. They just ain’t ready.
A Win Is a Win
Some will vacuously utter the platitudinous inanity, “a win is a win.” That’s tantamount to saying, “it is what it is.” Yeah, and what it is ain’t pretty. They ain’t ready.
Some will throw up a smokescreen. The ACC officiating crew blew several calls. Like da crocodile, they’re in de Nile.
“Increasingly Irrelevant” Time of Possession
Come on, man! Here we go again with the defense not being able to get off the field. Sure, they had a couple of great goal
Limegrover Has Had Enough Chances
We keep hearing that things will improve. The offensive line continues to suck. Sean Clifford was beaten up all day, and aside from Journey Brown getting spring for an 85-yard run, they got their asses kicked in run support —- 2.6 yards per carry was all our running back committee could muster. Same story for the past four years. Think of what Saquon could have done with a competent line in front of him. They ain’t been ready for four years and then some.
Receivers Still Dropping Balls
They ain’t ready.
Third-Down Performance Suuuuuuuucks
Four for thirteen. That’s 30.8%. When you can say that’s an improvement, you know they ain’t ready.
Clifford Has an Arm, Butbutbut
Wow! Sanguinarians were thinking we could stretch the field with Clifford’s arm strength. Think again. He’s actually got to put the ball where receivers can catch it. If he ain’t throwing balls behind guys streaking out of the backfield, he’s overthrowing deep receivers who have gotten behind the secondary. He ain’t ready.
And what about that stupid slide when he could have lowered his shoulder and made a first down to extend that crucial fourth quarter drive? WTF? The game is on the line. Go for it! He ain’t ready.
Boneheaded Coaching Cuts Both Ways
For most of the game we were lamenting that James Franklin couldn’t carry Pat Narduzzi’s jock strap, until the latter made the decision to go for a field goal on 4th and goal at the PSU 1 with just short of five minutes left in the game, trailing by seven points. WTF??? They missed the damn field goal, which would have added a meaningless three points. WTF???
Special Teams Are Ready
A 57-yard field goal, setting a Penn State record, along with consistently deep, great kickoffs, by Jordan Stout and decent punting by Blake Gillikin, made for a great day for special teams, who held Maurice Ffrench to eight yards on punt returns. Yep. They’re ready.
Lotta Work to Do
The bye week provides an opportunity to work on some things. They ain’t ready. Will they be ready for Maryland? All bets are off at this point.