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#25 PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS 23 Purdue Boilermakers 18

I did not get to type up a recap of Penn State vs. Purdue like I had expected due to the “joys of condominium living” but a few quick thought before we focus on Northwestern:

  • Remember how the Boilmakers were supposed to have an advantage over Penn State in the special teams department? How did that work out for them? Not well for the most part, though kickoff coverage was lacking for both teams. A missed field goal, a missed extra point and a missed two-point conversion really hurt the visitors. Meanwhile, the home team had the special teams player of the week, again, was Anthony Fera. His 69 yard punt was huge.

  • The quarterback duel continues — Rob Bolden looked decnet early and made a nice throw in between two defenders to Brandon Moseby-Felder (I think) to the 1 yard line. Still, he got yanked early and barely cameback, although Matt McGloin still had his moments like another interception near the goal line. I’ll say this for Bolden, when he hits the bottom of somebody’s shoe, it winds up in the hands of the right team, a claim McGloin cannot make.
  • Great to see the wideouts step up with Derek Moye out with a broken foot (did he break it in a volleyball game?)
  • Andrew Szczerba is going through some tough times off the field, but on it he’s terrible. An off-sides penalty after a 9 yard McGloin scramble to make it 2nd and 1 was killer as was the dropped touchdown. Remember when Penn State was a tight end factory?
  • Gerald Hodges and Nate Stupar make me happy. Both are performing well and Stupar has really stepped up in Michael Mauti’s place. Good for him.
  • Silas Redd ran for over 100 yards, but was not as dominant as he had been, largely because the offensive line was not. Still, that’s 3 in a row over 100 for Redd.
  • It was a typical Dave Witvoet game, officiating-wise. Bad calls like Chaz Powell’s 15 yard excessive celebration penalty (terrible rule/call by an official incapable of discretion) and the Nick Sukay interception that should have not been (we’ll take it) were positively Witvoetian.
  • I toasted to win with Jim Beam Black, a decent mid-range bourbon. It is just regular Jim Beam aged longer.

  • Joe Paterno
    spent the whole game in the box.

Okay, I got in more to say than I thought I would. On to Northwestern.

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Beat writers on Penn State vs. Purdue; Paterno post-game presser

Bob Flounders and David Jones of the Patriot-News


Cory Giger
and Neil Rudel of the Altoona Mirror

Frank Bodani and Jim Seip of the York Daily Record/Sunday News

Kevin McGuire of examiner.com

Joe Paterno Press Conference courtesy of McGuire

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HOMECOMING: #25 PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS vs. Purdue Boilermakers preview


Graphics from The Helmet Project

KICKOFF: 12:00 p.m.

TV: Big Ten Network (channel 715 or 855 (HD) on Comcast in Alexandria, channel 263 or 785 (HD) on Cox in Fairfax, Va.) Find it where you live. Tom Hart (PBP), Derek Rackley (Analyst), Lisa Byington (Sidelines). Stay tuned for Big Ten Icons: Joe Paterno after the game.

BLUE WHITE ROUNDTABLE: Penn State vs. Purdue

WR Derek Moye got injured after Blue White Roundtable was posted, so this game and the ones that follow get harder than we were expecting. Moye is the #1 option for either Matt McGloin or Rob Bolden, so the other wideouts are going to have to step up, as will whoever is quarterback. Penn State should be able to win if they can keep the momentum on the lines.


DARYLL CLARK’S PREVIEW:

Go STATE, beat BOILERMAKERS!

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Blue White Roundtable: Penn State vs. Purdue

This week’s questions from Adam Collyer at Black Shoe Diaries

BSD: How satisfying was that win against the Hawkeyes?

WFY: That was an extremely satisfying win, perhaps the most so in several seasons. From my recap:

It has been a long time since a Penn State football game was as fun as the one on Saturday. The Nittany Lions reverted to crog-magnon football — fun the up the middle over and over again. They did it for the best reason, because they could. The PSU offensive line had perhaps its best game since the 2007 Outback Bowl when the stream-rolled over the Tennessee Volunteers. Late in the game, the Lions pounded the ball down Iowa’s throat 10 straight times before a McGloin 2 yard touchdown pass to TE Kevin Haplea. Slias Redd, Curtis Dukes and Joe Suhey combined to have only run less than 4 yards as the Hawkeyes were worn down. It was beautiful.

BSD: Rob Bolden played two series during the Iowa game. Has the staff actually settled on a QB? Do you expect to see Bolden off the bus first against the Boilermakers?

WFY: I think the staff has settled on a quarterback. The head coach on the other hand…

We may see Bolden first, but we’re not going to see a lot of him unless he leads a touchdown drive or Matt McGloin really struggles. This has got to be awkward for all involved, except for maybe Paterno who seems oblivious.

BSD: Curtis Dukes. Discuss.

WFY: Great chance of pace from Silas Redd — I love the thunder and lightning of the two. Sometime, I would like to see Dukes start and see Redd as the change of pace back.

BSD: Purdue comes into Beaver Stadium off of a big win against maybe the worst team in major college football. We know they’re capable of running the ball. How much trouble do you expect them to give Penn State’s vaunted defense?

WFY: I think Purdue will score more than Iowa did, but some of that is the typcial noon kickoff malaise. Can Purdue run outside? They’ll need to try that because the inside is taken care of by Devon Still. The defense will probably give up more points, maybe an early touchdown and then adjust accordingly.

BSD: Predictions.

WFY: Greeks will get new windbreakers. Penn State will come out flat. Everything the alumni Blue Band plays will be better than what Guido D’Elia pipes in. Bolden will start. Mike Zordich will get really fired up after a short run. The Nittany Lions will be intercepted. Sorrority pledges will sit on a cold sidewalk Thursday and Friday. Penn State wins 24-16. Adam Tailiaferro will be an awesome Grand Marshall.

The Roundtable

JoePa’s Doghouse
Nittany Whiteout
Nittany Lions Den
The 50-Yard Lion

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Penn State never leads, falls to Purude

Lions trail from start to finish in loss to PurdueThe Collegian
Penn State is back on the NCAA bubble it would seem after never leading against Purdue in game 2 of the Big Ten Tournament. The loss puts Penn State right back on the bubble which got more crowded yesterday.

Now, the waiting games begins, are they in the NCAA Tournament or not? We shall find out tomorrow night.

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Penn State vs. Purdue prediction

Let’s see Penn State had a fairly big game last week, at home under the lights vs. a ranked Illinois team. A week from this Saturday they head to Wisconsin for another night game. Tomorrow’s game (ESPN, 12 p.m.) is also on the road — a noon kickoff with Purdue. Based on these factors, a sluggish start by Penn State is a strong possibility if not a mortal lock. That being said, I don’t think we have to worry, even if the first quarter ends with Penn State trailing. Purdue has not beaten anybody outside of their directional schedule and made Notre Dame look pretty good last week. They cannot stop the run either. My gut says a 10-point Penn State win, but my head says a bigger margin of victory. Let’s say 41-21 Penn State.

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Blue White Roundtable: On the Road for the first time

Zombie Nation submitted the questions this week.

1. Name one unit-to-unit match up Penn State must win Saturday. How
does PSU win that battle?

I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for Penn State to win the battle of kick-holding. So few people realize that how well a team holds the ball for field goal and PATs is decides 96% of college football games.

The offesnive line battle is also pretty important I understand. I think Penn State wins it easily.

2. This trip to Purdue is setting up to be a classic trap game. Do you
agree? Why or why not?

I absolutely agree that this is a trap game. Sandwich between a big night game (which is it just me, shouldn’t have been quite the big deal it was given that it was only September?) and an upcoming big game on the road, Penn State will probably be looking ahead. Actually, they will probably be looking ahead at some point, as this is a noon kickoff and they will still be looking behind at the start.

3. Purdue will be doing a “Black Out” this week. Putting aside that
it’s going to raise money for charity (each shirt sold sends money to
United Way), what are your feelings on other schools organizing
“[insert color here] Outs?”

I think color outs are not as big a deal as everyone makes them out to be. Are football players really intimidated when the see everyone wearing the same color? I guess it pumps the players up a bit. Before we get too proud, let’s note that some teams like Nebraska and hockey’s Washington Capitals get monochromatic in the stands without getting free t-shirts.

Lightening Round.

Royster over 100 yards?

Yes.

Curtis Painter throws first TD ever vs. PSU?

Yes.
Pat Devlin gets meaningful playing time?

No, unless Clark gets hurt. Have you noticed the “PLAY DEVLIN” chatter has calmed down a little bit?

The rest of the roundtable

There is No Name on My Jersey
Tangled Up in
White and Blue

Happy Hour Valley
Black Shoe Diaries
The Nittany Line
We Want the Lion
Zombie Nation

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