Our #4 Nittany Lions (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) beat the Indiana Hoosiers (2-2, 0-2 Big Ten) in a packed St. Joe Memorial Stadium at Beaver. Final score was 45-14.
So, hey, didn’t I tell you that there would be a Saquon Barkley kickoff return for a TD and a J-Shun Harris punt return for a TD? Am I a seer, or what? (Of course, the J-Shun punt return went the other way, but who’s counting?).
My final score of 44-24 fell short of the mark, though. I told you to take the over. So I wasn’t all that prescient, but PSU covered the spread, anyway.
Indiana’s D, combined with the mediocre PSU O-line, bottled up the inside run once again, allowing our hero Saquon only 56 yards rushing. Of course, he made up for it in so many ways, ways in which he can hurt you, so to speak. Even in ways we’ve not heretofore considered that he could hurt you, he hurt you, already. So many weapons at their disposal!
Then why did the awfense look so anemic doing the routine, fun-a-mental football stuff, like running straight ahead? They ain’t living up to all of our’s expectations. I mean, if the defense sells out on stopping the Barkley run, you have to hit some receivers, right? And there was Trace McSorley doing his C-Hack imitation again — chuck ’em high, chuck ’em low, chuck ’em any way the wind blowwwwwwwwwws!
Our wonderful O-Line also allowed five sacks of Tracy McSorley by the Indiana defense. Not good. Not good at all.
And what’s with the field goal unit? A block and a miss are unacceptable now, but could be disastrous later on, in the heart of the Big Ten title race. This was, after all, Indiana. I know that there were problems with a new long snapper and a new holder, but either these things get worked out in practice or those guys just plain suuuuuuuuuuuuck. I mean, Tyler Davis used to be Mr. Automatic, to coin a phrase.
DaeSean Hamilton became Penn State’s all time leading pass receiver, and barring injury, should extend his total to near unreachability through the remainder of his career. (A little hyperbole there — we all know that records are made to be broken. (A little cliche there).).
Did we get the worst BTN announcer duo, or what?
An expected win with some exciting, spectacular plays, but what is that empty feeling in the pit of my overstuffed gut? Do I think our big-play offense left something to be desired? <burp!> Yes. Do I see problems down the road? I do. Yes, I do.
Northwestern at home is no pushover, and then #7 Michigan and #10 Ohio State. Better get this shit fixed by then.
Franklin and the brain trust need to work on some things to get this team ready for prime time. Their being dead last in the Big Ten in field goal percentage and 12th in the Big Ten in third-down conversions suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucks! Those issues, if not fixed, most certainly will come back to bite us!
What do you think?
I’ll be back with a look at the Northwestern Purple Wildpussyettes forthwith.