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Penn State beats Minnesota 66-63

I’m sitting on my couch in my early 2000s Nittany Lions basketball jersey (#3, naturally) having just watched most of Penn State beating Minnesota, 66-63 to finish the season 9-9 in the Big Ten. They’ll get to pad their “last four out” resume at the Big Ten tournament later this week. I think they will be playing Iowa in the first round, details when I get them.

UPDATE: Nittany Lions hang on against Gophers so they can keep hanging on to NCAA hopePatriot-News

The Penn State, seeded #6 in the Big Ten Tournament face 11th-seed Indiana on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on Big Ten Tournament. They need to beat the Hoosiers to advance to face 3rd-seed Wisconsin. If they can win both games, they probably get their dance card punched, but they have to get through Indiana first.

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Beat writers on Penn State-Minnesota aftermath

Penn State-Minnesota postgame breakdown with Bob Flounders and David Jones of the Patriot-News

Cory Giger and Neil Rudel of the Altoona Mirror


Kevin McGuire
over at Examiner.com has a compilation of game stories and more.

Oh and don’t forget this was a trophy game (Black Shoe Diaries)! The Governor’s Victory Bell returns to Happy Valley. MINNESOTA IS OUR ENEMY, MINNESOTA HAS ALWAYS BEEN OUR ENEMY!

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Penn State Nittany Lions 33 Minnesota Golden Gophers 21

The Penn State Nittany Lions made their first trip to the newest Big Ten venue, TCF Stadium and defeated the Minnesota Golden Gophers 33-21.

Rob Bolden, facing no presure, opened up sharp, completing his first nine passes. He threw a 21 yard TD to WR Brett Brackett for the game’s first score. He was looking great, but after running, he got tackled hard and apparently took a blow to the head. He went to talk to Mike McQueary, the wide receivers coach who shoved him back in the game. Bolden then fell down. McQueary might have some explaining to do, with all the head trauma concerns in football circles this week, though he didn’t shove Bolden hard. Bolden left the game and surprisingly, Matt McGloin, #3 on the depth chart entered. McGloin was nearly picked off on his first throw. However, after a D’Anton Lynn interception and runback from the Penn State end zone across midfield, Penn State called a deep throw which McGloin connected on to Derek Moye for a TD. Penn State led 21-7 there and was not seriously threatened the rest of the way.

Howver, despite a second touchdown, McGloin was erractic and threw an interception. Kevin Newsome, #2 on the depth chart, got a few snaps too. A stomach virus pushed him down the chart. The sum of their performances made clear why they are not starting quarterbacks for Penn State. McGloin is a shoot from the hip QB and Newsome isn’t terribly developed. Perhaps the most telling part of the game came after the final gun when ESPN sideline reporter Shelley Smith asked head coach Joe Paterno a question about Newsome, to which Paterno replied:

WHO?!

Smith clarified, but the point was already made. I’d say the odds of Newsome transferring are probably pretty high now, not that I am worried.

As for the rest of the team, the defense was hardly stout, giving up big runs and some downfield throws. The highlight was the safety that Devon Still scored by sacking Adam Weber in the end zone. Stephon Morris #12 did not seem to have a good day. The officiating was rather poor, especially if you are a Minnesota fan, but a few bad flags went Penn State’s way after the game was decided.

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Penn State Nittany Lions at Minnesota Golden Gophers prediction

Coming out of the bye week (which was favored by 4, Penn State eeked out the win) the Nittany Lions travel to Minnesota to take on the Golden Gophers in their 2 year old TCF Bank Stadium. This is an improvement from the Metrodome because it is outside, but Minnesota is yet another one of the Big Ten teams that shamefully have a carpet instead of grass on their field.

Minnesota just fired their coach and are 1-6. They have no defense, but a decent quarterback and an offense that can move the ball. With that in mind, I expect they will play with some intensity and not roll over. However, with two weeks to get yelled at, prepare and get healthy, Penn State will probably be able to withstand Minnesota. I expect the Nittany Lions to throw the ball deep and frequently to take advantage of the porous Gopher secondary. I think the Penn State defense will be improved with Mike Mauti and Gerald Hodges back at linebacker.

Penn State 33
Minnesota 24

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Blue White Roundtable: Penn State at Minnesota

The tailgate hostess with the mostess,PSUGirl of 2thelion has this week’s questions:

Okay, when we last met Penn State had not been blown out by the fighting Zookers and there was a scintilla of hope that the team was “on track.” How ya doing? Okay? Are the anger management classes helping, or are you still on the edge? Let’s work through it together, as we look forward to the Lions’ field trip to Minneapolis…

1. So, Minnesota fired Brewster (sorry Punky) – many interesting names are being mentioned as the Big Ten sports writers circle the blood in the water. minne made a lot of mistakes (a lot) against Purdue, and “but for” that Tim might have been on the sideline this weekend – Will this be a distraction, to an already error prone team, or motivation for the gophers?

I anticipate the Golden Gophers will be motivated because a coach getting fired is a wake up call. Additionally, everybody is fighting for their jobs again with a new coach.

BONUS – to follow-up, one of the top stories this weekend on AOL’s front page was a plea to Coach Paterno to retire – what, if anything, can we Penn Staters learn from Minnesota’s current situation?

I do not believe Penn Staters can learn a single thing from the Minnesota coaching situation.

2. Despite minne’s sad record, on paper the gophers have outperformed PSU in nearly every category; minne’s top four (4) receivers are averaging over 13 yards a catch and they catch a lot of passes – how will PSU’s depleted secondary manage? Who needs to (can) step up?

It is a cliche, but everybody needs to step up. The defensive line and linebackers (allegedly healthy now!) need to create a pass rush to help the secondary. Perhaps Stephen Obeng-Agyapong could get some playing time and just glare at opposing wideouts by the snap.

3. Now, assuming that Penn State isn’t going to abandon their storied offensive playbook, what needs to happen on offense for the team to win some games? Is it time for Newsome or are you staying with Rob Bolden?

Penn State is going to have to pass to set up the run and the best way to do that is roll out Rob Bolden more than they have been. Throw in some draw plays with either Stephfon Green or Silas Redd as well. After that gets established, give the ball to Evan Royster and hope the offensive line can make some holes.

Bolden has had one bad game thus far looks to have the talent to be the next good Penn State quarterback. Playing Kevin Newsome would harm Bolden’s development.

4. I watched some of the michigan/iowa game on Saturday. Michigan was doing this crazy (weird) thing on defense – tackling. What are your theories on what is wrong with the PSU defense – what long or short term changes can (must) be done to fix this?

I have to wonder if Penn State is strong enough to tackle well, but a lot of it comes down to will. I can’t recacll the Nittany Lions being so poor at tackling, maybe in the early part of the dark years. I think leadership has to emerge on the defense — I’m wondering if Mike Mauti can provide it know that he is healthy.

5. Notwithstanding any or all of the foregoing, in my opinion, the biggest concern for Penn State this season has been the injuries (btw, impressively epic jinx, Galen). Coach Paterno, himself, has said that this is the most injury riddled season he can remember. Why do you think there have been so many and what can PSU do to patch up the gaps?

Penn State does not have much depth, so there is not much they can do about injuries other than play whoever is on the roster. The potential silver lining is that this will improve the depth in future seasons since so many different players are getting playing time. I don’t know that anything can be done about injuries though, sometimes they happen, sometimes they don’t.

Quick Fire:

Kickoff is at 12:01pm (EST – 11:01am local time) – will Penn State show up before the 2nd half?

Yes, but probably not until the second quarter.

Where will you watch/listen to the game?

I will probably watch it in my Alexandria living room, but possibility with family or friends somwhere else in the greater D.C. area that I call BeltwayLand.

Bigger concern: offensive line or defensive line?

Offensive line — a strong offensive line masks a lot more than a strong defensive line

Still bitter about 1999?

It was my (second) senior season, so YES. The problem is, Minnesota will never be in the position for Penn State to crush their dreams like they did to ours.

Minnesota’s best cultural contribution: Prince; Coen Brothers; Garrison Keiller; Andrews Sisters; Bob Dylan; Judy Garland; lutefisk; and/or other?

Bob Dylan

The Roundtable

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Nittany White Out
Linebacker U
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Snow at Penn State: I’m dreaming of a white Homecoming

Heavy precipitation cuts power, cancels eventsCDT
Snow shuts camp downThe Collegian
Happy Valley gots its earliest recorded snowfall yesterday and according @jaypaterno‘s twitpic, they got a fair amount.

Paternoville was closed down due to the snow, but the parade is still on. Rain and snow are forecast for the next days — as Brad would say “football weather.” Good luck to my friends in the stands tomorrow.

I wonder how many sorority pledges near College and Allen are getting hypothermia holding a spot for the parade.

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Coverage Map: Penn State vs. Minnesota on ABC or ESPN this weekend

College Football TV maps: Week 7ESPN
Here in the Washinton, D.C. TV market, Saturday’s Penn State vs. Minnesota game will be televised on ESPN. That is also true of New England (except Connecticut) and areas west of the Mississippi River aside from Minnesota and parts of Iowa. Pennsylvania, New Jersey, most of New York state and the upper Midwest get the game on ABC.

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