The mighty Penn State Nittany Lions (3-0, 1-0 Big Ten) spoiled the Big Ten debut of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (2-1, 0-1 Big Ten) — barely, by a score of 13-10 — before a record crowd of 53,774 in Piscataway.
It wasn’t the game any of our expert predictors predicted. Nay, far from it. And we weren’t alone in our ineptitude. Most of the media wonks got it wrong, too. Were it not for a desperate 80-yard drive deep into the fourth quarter, the outcome would have gone the other way, and by all rights, it should have.
Miss Teen South Carolina gave a better answer back in 2007 than our distinguished panel did this week. I forget the question.
Penn State played with thumbs up their asses most of the game, not to take any credit from Rutgers, who played an inspired, albeit way far from perfect, game. In particular, vaunted born-again quarterback Gary Nova, who I thought at game’s outset was potential NFL material, got flushed down the toilet, a smack-down that will reverberate through his mind each time he steps up and fondles his center’s nuts from now on. Gary will be intercepted dozens more times before this season ends. [Read more…]