Any essence of confidence gained in the opening day victory against Akron was lost at Chestnut Hill on Saturday night, as the Nittany Lions just plain blew against the Eagles of Boston College, losing 21-7.
I missed the first quarter due to the combined effect of a late return from Cedar Key and a major ESPN GamePlan/Tivo wardrobe malfunction. I came home from Cedar Key, which was under a full evacuation order due to the predicted arrival of Hurrican Ivan, to find that Tivo was happily recording the Georgia-South Carolina game, which incidentally was not available in my area. ESPN had evacuated the PSU-BC game to an adjacent channel. I guess I didn’t miss much, other than a disputed roughing the kicker call, which must have caused the boys to pout, or something. Actually, there were two roughing the kicker penalties in the first quarter. Apparently, the other one was non-controversial. For a team without a LaVar Arrington, I would expect to see perhaps two roughing the kicker penalties in a season, not in a single game.