#17/18 Penn State Nittany Lions 59 Florida International Golden Panthers 0
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. —
Despite the lopsided score, Penn State didn’t as well on offense as I had hoped. They couldn’t get the running game started in first half and Anthony Morelli missed some receivers. The upside — strong play in the red zone.
On the second play of the game, Penn State ran a Derrick Williams reverse, something I had hoped they would avoid. He was stuffed by FIU, so hopefully the play will be removed. It hasn’t worked in Big11Ten play since the 2005 Ohio State game, so there is no point in using it against noncons either.
Sean Lee and Dan Connor are so good, assistant coach Ron Vanderlinden has really done a wonderful job building Linebacker U. up again. Lee was player of the week.
The defensive line was better than expected.
Austin Scott didn’t look good running the ball, despite 2 TDs. Both Rodney Kinlaw and Evan Royster were more impressive, though they did play later in the game when FIU was tired.
Mickey Shuler had a successful debut, catching four passes. His first reception went for a touchdown.
I’m glad the Blue Band stopped playing Livin’ on a Prayer. I was worried it was going to become a tradition.
The field looked great, but I still prefer the athletic script endzone design that was replaced by the block style.
FIU has pretty good looking uniforms. The “UCLA” stripes actually wrap around and the use of traditional numbers was unexpected from an upstart (well, not yet) Florida School. Two things that I didn’t like though — not a lot of gold for a team called the “Golden Panthers” and the “2” style was different on the sleeves than on the front and back. Yes, I mentioned it to UniWatch.
FIU coach Mario Cristobal wore a neck tie. I wonder how many opposition coaches have worn ties because they were playing Penn State. Glenn Mason used to do that when he was at Minnesota.
Jeremy Boone had a good day punting.
Kevin Kelly went 1 for 2 on field goals. Something needs to be done.
I don’t think we learned anything about the Nittany Lions this weekend other than it will really suck when we lose to Michigan. Seeing the Wolverines choke on applesauce Appalachian State was wonderful though. Run Up the Score! has a compilation of videos about the upset.
I think Notre Dame getting killed by Georgia Tech makes me more nervous for next week.