Tag Archives: Michigan State Spartans

Penn State headed to Big Ten final, maybe the NCAA tournament?

Deal with it

Hey Sparty


Penn State just crushed Michigan State 61-48 in the Big Ten Conference Tournament semi-finals. Talor Battle finally played well, raining threes down on Sparty in the second half. The Nittany Lions just kept pulling away from a 26-26 halftime score as the Spartans missed shot after shot.

Has Penn State done enough now to reach the NCAA Tournament? Dave Jones thinks so. They can make it a moot point tomorrow when they face Ohio State, who dominated the league this season. Game time is 3:30 on CBS.

Battle carries Penn State to Big Ten finals - ESPN

Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter
Google Buzz (aka. Google Reader)

With two upsets of Top 25 teams, Penn State basketball continues to be maddening

Penn State’s men’s basketball team just did something they had not done since 1954 — beat two top 25 teams in a row. I like how my friend PSUGirl put it: Birds fall out of sky; Millions of dead fish found; Penn State MBB beats 2 ranked opponents.

First, the Nittany Lions beat Michigan State on Saturday, then on Tuesday, they took out Illinois (The Collegian). This comes after falling flat in their decent non-conference schedule, losing to Mississippi State, Maryland and Maine. Yes, they lost to Maine, but beat two ranked Big Ten teams. If you had told me that Penn State basketball would beat those two programs and Penn State football would not, I wouldn’t have believed you.

The Maryland Bureau Chief emailed me wondering if it was time to start saying “you can’t spell Nittany without N-I-T!” We are certainly approaching that point. It kind of seems like Penn State has done okay against the Spartans and Fighting Illini over the years, though.

David Jones, the Patriot-News “beat” writer for Penn State hoops, who vowed to onlyn attend the Illinois game (and only because he had a commitment nearby), notes that the Nittany Lions have a RPI of 52. They probably need to win another 9 games to have any shot at the NCAA Tournament though. In the end, beating these ranked teams is mostly going to help the teams they lost to early in the season more than it helps themselves. The NIT is likely though and Penn State has done pretty well there historically, winning it two years ago.

Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter
Google Buzz (aka. Google Reader)

Michigan State Spartans 28 PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS 22

Football season is over.

Penn State played pretty uninspired football for 3 quarters today, falling to the Michigan State Spartans. The Nittany Lions could not get much going offensively after their first drive, when Evan Royster ran roughshod over Sparty. MSU adjusted and built up a 14-3 half time lead. The Nittany Lions seemed to be stopping Sparty for 1 yard gains on first down before giving up 12 yard plays on second down.

QB Matt McGloin did not have a strong game, only making plays late, for the most part. He looked cold throughout the game, and if I were coaching, I would have pulled him in the 3rd quarter for Rob Bolden. McGloin’s subsequent touchdown drives showed what he was capable of, but it was too little too late. As far as I am concerned, the quarterback position should be open going into the bowl game. Graham Zug had several important catches in his final home game.

WR Derek Moye gets the game ball for Penn State. He made several clutch catches, probably would have had a touchdown late if the replay did not have to be inconclusive, and then got one anyway after stripping a Spartan DB who inexplicably ran an interception out of the end zone.

The defense was not very good today and missed Mike Mauti, who got some playing time, but did not start. Bani Gbadyu had a couple tackles for a loss, which was a nice change. The defense could not get much pressure on MSU QB Kirk Cousins, and that was what they needed to do to win. The defense did make two big fumble recoveries in the 4th quarter, though.

Special teams were terrible for Penn State. They never got good field position based on kick returns and Alex Butterworth did not have much success punting, hopefully Anthony Fera is back for the bowl game. Two 2-point conversions failed, though one was not planned, but holder Brett Bracket had trouble with the snap and overthrow an open receiver.

A disappointing end to the 2010 regular season. Given where Penn State was after the Illinois loss, they recovered okay and gave us a couple of great games against Michigan and Northwestern, plus a zany one against Indiana in my back yard, but this team underachieved. Better leadership and a healthier Joe Paterno are needed if they will improve against a tough 2011 schedule. I am still going to miss football Saturdays though.

Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter
Google Buzz (aka. Google Reader)

Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Michigan State Spartans prediction

After the Michigan game, their seemed to be a groundswell in the Penn State blogosphere that the Michigan State game was their for the taking. I include myself in that group and after Penn State beat Northwestern, I was almost certain of it. The next Saturday, at Ohio State changed that thinking. It was not that the Nittany Lions lost that Saturday, but it was how they lost. With LB Mike Mauti sidelined with an injury, the defense was porous and lacking any fire. He’s been out ever since with some sort of shoulder injury. If he comes back, Penn State’s chances improve even if he’s playing hurt. If he’s somehow 100%, I’d say Penn State would win. But I dont’ tink that will happen.

Penn State can still win without Mauti, but they have to get a pass rush they have not had all season. Spartans quarterback Kirk Cousins is among the walking wounded, so if they can get to him they have a strong chance. I’m skeptic though.

In the end, I think all the talk about being a soft 10-1 just helps Sparty out. They will be fired up to prove that they did not win those games by accident. I don’t think Penn State is healthy enough for the upset, even at home. It is a noon start too which does not help the Nittany Lions. Penn State can win, but it gives me no pleasure to say they probably won’t.

Michigan State 34
PENN STATE 28

Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter
Google Buzz (aka. Google Reader)

Penn State 42 MICHIGAN STATE 14

I did not have a good feeling going into yesterday’s game, but I picked Penn State to win because David Jones of the Patriot-News picked them to lose. Thanks, Jinxy!

  • Tight first half with the Penn State offense having trouble getting going. For the bowl game, I just want them to pretend they are starting the second half.

  • QB Daryll Clark is one of the slowest starters I have ever seen. He just gets too worked up. After he settled down, he could do no wrong, missing on only three of his last twenty passes. His 4 TDs gave him single season and career touchdown pass records for Penn State. He was Big Ten offensive player of the week.
  • RB Evan Royster had a great first half and not just for his long runs. Some of his 3 yard runs were huge because he eluded Michigan State tacklers in the backfield. Being able to maneuver out of trouble is what sets him apart. He sees the field so well.
  • OLB Navarro Bowman was a beast, especially in the first quarter. He lived up to his #11. He was named Big Ten defensive player of the week.
  • OLB Sean Lee also made some critical stops and big hits.
  • MLB Josh Hull got flagged for an iffy pass-interference call.
  • LOVE THE DRAKE! WR Curtis Drake has a very promising future ahead of him — maybe he is the next Derrick Williams.
  • Great job by TE Andrew Quarless fighting for Drake’s TD pass. That turned the game around
  • WR Graham Zug had another drop, possibility costing Penn State a touchdown, late in the first half. It would be his last as he caught 2 touchdown passes in the second half, stretching out over the goal line for one of them.
  • FB Joe Suhey caught his first career touchdown pass too, going up high to reel in a Clark pass that was a little off target.
  • K Collin Wagner needs to improve an awful lot if he wants to keep his job. He missed two field goals, though one was from about 50 yards out.
  • Another effective day of punting for Jeremy Boone. He pinned MSU back often. He exceeded expectations during his career.
  • One could get dangerously intoxicated playing a Mike Patrick drinking game. The ESPN play-by-play announcer was often wrong, especially in the first quarter.
  • QB Kevin Newsome saw spot duty in the second half, at least a series too late. He did score a TD, but did not attempt a pass. Matt McGloin (not Mike!) got in as well for some reason.
  • No less than three shots of P.J. Maierhofer in the crowd during the second half.
  • Penn State is ranked #13 in the BCS Standings. I will have more on that situation today or tomorrow.
  • This was Penn State’s best effort of the season. The Spartans had advantages in the kicking game and typically play tough. That didn’t happen and Penn State really put it together in the second half. Excellent half-time adjustments by the coaching staff.

, , , ,

Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter
Google Buzz (aka. Google Reader)

Coverage Map: Penn State vs. Michigan State on ABC or ESPN

College Football TV maps: Week 12The Post
Most of the nation will get Penn State at Michigan State on ABC. The only part of the country getting the game on ESPN is ACC country — basically Washington D.C. down to the Florida panhandle.

By the way, the 126th edition of The Game is on Vs. at noon as Yale hosts Harvard at Yale Bowl.

, , , , , ,

Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter
Google Buzz (aka. Google Reader)