Penn State 20, Rutgers 7
I literally did fall asleep during this epic snoozer, but I’m glad I woke up in time to see the Ohio State-Maryland game — in which Maryland’s performance doesn’t portend well for the Nittany Lions’ next weekend.
Noon Start Syndrome in Full Swing
Trace McSorley wasn’t playing with a full deck. Why was he playing in the first place? Backup QB Tommy Stevens was seen for nary a rep.
Oh, you say because McSorley became Penn State’s winningest QB with this win. But with two more games ahead counting the bowl game, he didn’t have to play this one. He’ll have to play on Senior Day next weekend and, of course, he’ll want to play the bowl game, his last game in the blue and white. Not only did he start this game, but also he played every snap.
It was just a shame that the team didn’t show up to play.
I don’t have a lot to say about this game. It was bad. Bad. Soporific NOON KICKOFF AWAY GAME shit. Rutgers won the IITOP battle, 32:18 to 27:42.
#14 Penn State (8-3, 5-3) got a needed win over hapless Rutgers (1-10, 0-8). That’s all I know.
Hell, I was asking for a shut-out, and they couldn’t even give me that wish. Aside from the crappy offensive performance, they allowed the Scarlet Schmucks a fourth quarter touchdown.
At least Jake Pinegar made both field goals and both extra points. And although Blake Gillikin punted six times (which paints enough of a tale of offensive incompetence), he had a long one of 70 yards. Woo hoo.
The defense was just a-ight. They wound up knocking starting gigantic freshman quarterback Artur Sitkowski out of the game after his second interception, with a quarterback rating of 0. Our old friend Giovanni Rescigno replaced him and went 2-8 for 28 yards. Rough day for Rutgers QBs.
And, of course, McSorley moved ahead of Todd Blackledge and Tony Sacca into the top spot as winningest quarterback in the history of Penn State’s culture of football. And his two touchdowns puts him on a pedestal occupied by Drew Brees and J.T. Barrett as the only Big Ten quarterbacks to have scored over one hundred touchdowns.
We can talk about personal achievement all day long, but this game suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucked.
New Year’s Day — Buh Bye!
Bowls scouts looking at this game are saying, “You must be kidding? These guys are going to Kohler.”
What of the Scarlet Knights? Bowl games are out of the question for Rutgers. Not even the toilet bowl. At 1-10, and a game with Moo U. to wrap up the season, they’re looking like next year needs to be either a rebuilding or a reloading year. Or maybe a decision by the administration to eliminate the football program. Yeah, that’s it. Euthanasia.
Maryland Looks Scary
Yeah, we’ll be at home at the Big Beave, but those guys gave the Buckeyes all they could handle and showed balls in their decision to go for the 2-pointer for the win on their first overtime possession. With bowl eligibility on the line for the Terps, they’ll come to play. It will be a 3:30 kickoff and it will be on our home turf, so one would expect the Nittany Lions to show up. They better. If they don’t, they can just start thinking about the Foster Farms Tainted Chicken Bowl.
Anthony McFarland was nothing short of monstrous in Maryland’s balls-to-the-wall 52-51 overtime loss to the dullards of Ohio State, racking up 298 yards on 21 carries and two touchdowns. This guy is 5-8″ 193 lbs of dynamite with a bouffant hairdo that looks like it has been styled by an outboard motor propeller at full throttle. These guys don’t quit! PSU defense beware!
Being made the underdog by 13½ points don’t mean shit to these Terps! tOSU was favored by 14½ and how did that go? This is a bowl play-in game. Big bucks involved. Team pride in a very daunting year for the program, musical coaches and all. They need redemption and they will come to play. Will Penn State be ready for them?
By our kickoff time the tOSU-Michigan game will have decided the Big Ten East winner, who will have the privilege of squaring off against Northwestern in Indianapolis on December 1. Michigan opened as three-and-a-half point favorites over tOSU in the Horseshoe, something that rarely happens, so beware that NOON KICKOFF dullard look, Urbz!
Inexplicably, Penn State moved up from #16 to #15 in the AP poll, I guess because formerly #12 Syracuse lost to Notre Dame.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!
Speaking of beware, already, this turkey will be laying low in view of the annual carnage of my species during this week. They should do something about this attempted genocide, but we keep coming back. Hope I’ll be back to write for you after going incognito for a few days.
Let me wish all you turkey carnivores a very happy Thanksgiving, and please travel safely to your destinations!
I’ll be back — I hope — later in the week to preview the last game of the regular season.