#13 Penn State 45, SUNY-Buffalo 13
You’ve got to wonder about this Nittany Lions team. Resting on the laurels of an initial blowout exacted upon a FCS mid-grade opponent, they came out with what Urban Meyer used to refer to as “that dullard look” and played a shitty first half. With a 10-7 deficit fueling the locker room, they must have made some adjustments, coming back to cover the spread, which had reached 30.5 in some books.
You’ll have Sanguinarians saying “a win is a win” and suchlike. They’re the same ones who were using phrases like “offensive juggernaut” after the Idaho massacre.
Sean Clifford was 16-22 for 279 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. Jahan Dotson and Pat Freiermuth lived up to their star receiver status, scoring two touchdowns each.
However, the running game was largely absent. Our leading rusher was Clifford, with 11 carries for 51 yards, followed by Journey Brown with 6 for 28. The Lions ended up with a paltry 78 net yards rushing. The Bulls pretty much loaded the box all night, and it worked. It just took the Brain Trust a little too long to figure out the need to throw the ball. Well, a LOT too long.
Friggin’ Third Down Conversions’ll Killya
Once again, this offense showed its weakness on third-down conversions, an area that has long plagued Penn State. At Tuesday’s media lovefest, James Franklin said he would be happy with at least a 38% conversion rate. His boys game him a 22% performance. The Nittany Lions now rank 128th of 130 FBS teams in that category.
Sloppy Defense’ll Killya
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, our vaunted defense allowed Buffalo to sustain drives and hold the ball for over 42 minutes. They allowed 22 first downs to the surprisingly game opponents, who bested Penn State in total yards 429 to 357.
However, they did manage to force two turnovers and score one touchdown.
I suppose the geniuses at AP and Coaches polls looked at the final score, but little else, when they ranked Penn State #13 and #11, respectively.
Rankings notwithstanding, w