Penn State Nittany Lions 79, Idaho Vandals 7
Well, it was better than watching continuing hurricane projections that keep us on edge. I stayed awake through most of the game, but I can draw almost no conclusions from what I saw. Oh, yeah, maybe one: the first game of the year can almost fill Beaver Stadium even though it’s a foregone conclusion what all those fans are going to see. That’s encouraging spirit! And as expected, Penn State got the “W”, which inspired the huge, ugly drop-cap to the left. (Plus, I like to play with blog formatting when I’m bored and don’t have much to write about).
Sean Clifford clearly had a case of nerves before his first start, but he settled down behind the suspect offensive line. Couldn’t draw any conclusions about that O-Line because against the famed Idaho Vandals pass rush, they looked like those guys on Bluto’s team in the Popeye cartoon.
What about special teams?
My favorite guy from last year, Mac Hippenhammer should have been returning punts the whole game instead of K.J. Hamler, who is too valuable to lose in a meaningless game. However, if Mac has been on the case for the whole game, the score might have been less lopsided, like 66-10 instead of 79-7. Two chances and two muffs for Mac the Knife. And Academic All-America Blake Gillikin had a really ugly shank. So, are special teams improving? Well, a long field goal and many non-returnable kickoffs say “maybe”.
Don’t get hurt out there!
Pat Freiermuth took a helmet-to-helmet shot toward the and of the first half and didn’t return. That’s the danger of these crappy, lopsided cupcake games — that someone crucial to the real season will be injured. He did appear chipper and functional on the sideline during the second half. I hope he’ll be OK.
The running back committee all looked good as did our three primary pass targets. What did you expect?
Anyhow, not much learned, and as for entertainment value, somewhat akin to watching 10 re-runs of the 1973 Belmont Stakes — uplifting, but repetitive.
Tommy Stevens had a good first start with the Bulldogs. They won, and he was something like 20-30 with two TDs and I think he ran for another, but I’m too lazy too look that up and confirm it.
Purdue got beat by Nevada. So much for my hopes for Purdue.
Northwestern and Stanford played the most boring game ever.
And that’s it from the Turkey Coop for Week One.
I’ll be back during the week with my sarcastic take on Buffalo, Dorian permitting.