#10 Penn State 17, #17 Iowa 12
The Sanguinarian Day of Reckoning (SDR) produced thrills, chills, boredom, excitement, conspiracy theories, and optimism, as the undefeated Nittany Lions passed their first test of the season at the halfway mark. With many doubters predicting a Hawkeye outright victory, Penn State covered the spread by virtue of a(
As for the Sanguinarians, they’ll live to crow another day. They will enjoy temporary bragging rights when, surely, PSU moves up in the polls. With two Top Ten teams above them having gone down in flames, PSU is liable to be #8 when this
For James Franklin, it’s Michigan, Michigan, Michigan — our next Super Bowl.
Back to the Future
Back to that officiating thing, is the new generation of B10 officials being schooled in the finer points of anti-PSU conspiracy? Are Dave Parry, Dick Honig and Dave Witvoet still around in spirit? None of us will forget St. Joe chasing Witvoet into the tunnel at halftime in an Iowa game of yore or the two seconds added to the clock in the 2005 Michigan game that allowed the Wolverines another chance at a winning TD. Are these PSU-hating clowns back again?
Holy guacamole! How could anyone look at that Pat Freiermuth touchdown (as it was called on the field) from any camera angle and see that he fell short? Stevie Wonder would have called it a TD. What indisputable visual evidence existed that resulted in overturning the field call? I don’t think Iowa fans would admit it, but they knew in their heart of hearts that was a touchdown.
There were other shaky calls, but none as thoroughly examined as the #87 touchdown. Penn State came into the game as one of the least penalized teams in the country; in this game, they were assessed 80 yards on eight penalties. Meanwhile, Iowa had one lousy five-yard penalty. You know something ain’t right.
Let me not dwell on the negative. Penn State got the job done, and moreover established once and for all that Noah Cain is the go-to running back in the Committee of Four. This is a guy who can punish defenses and get the job done. He can soften them up early and he can close out tight games late. Do any questions remain?
The Lions were able to perform reasonably on third downs (10-19) while the defense put the clamps on the Iowa running game. When Nate Stanley is forced to throw, two things happen and neither is good. He doesn’t stretch the field and he throws interceptions. On the one occasion when Iowa moved the ball and scored a TD, Stanley hit a deep receiver. Fortunately for Penn State, he and the Ferentzian Brain Trust didn’t catch on until late in the game.
So, anyway, on to the White Out against Big Ten Turnover King Michigan. Let’s get the officiating crew briefed and ready! I’ll be back with my advance take on that spectacle.