Penn State 24 Texas A&M 17
As expected and predicted, Penn State won the Valero Alamo Bowl. Joe Paterno wins about 67% of bowl games he has coached because he is successful in putting in new schemes like Daryl Clark running draw plays at quarterback while Anthony Morelli stays out of trouble split wide. When you consider that Morelli as a wideout ultimately meant Penn State was playing with ten players and just about every play Clark played at QB was a draw play, the success rate of Clark was phenomenal. It worked the other night, but won’t work against the top half of the Big11Ten. We still don’t know if Clark can throw the ball.
I think this was the Penn State bowl game that I was the least emotionally invested in ever. I even nodded off in the third quarter and missed A&M’s field goal. This is what happens when a team gets in fights off the field and underachieves on it does to fans.
Speaking of Morelli, he’s done! His disappointing career is finally over. I think he got some bad breaks along the way, but ultimately, he didn’t have the necessary leadership skills and accuracy to lead a high powered team.
Rodney Kinlaw had another 100+ yards game. He is one of the most pleasant surprises of the season. The offensive line was the most pleasant surprise of the season.
I’m glad the coaches didn’t panic when the Lions went down 14-0 and put the ball in Morelli’s hands too much. I guess the realized that A&M just wasn’t very good.
Good job by the defense overall, but holding the Aggies to no points after a 90+ yards drive has a lot to do with luck like A&M not using Jorvorskie Lane in short yardage. What were they thinking? No wonder Lane was on the sidelines crying.
A.J. Wallace had a costly fumble that led to 7 A&M points, but also recovered a fumble and an interception. I guess he was +1.
I’ll acknowledge that Erin Andrews is probably the best sideline reporter out there, but seriously, she isn’t a goddess. Good hair though.
Dan Connor had a solid final game, 9 tackles. He will be missed, but I still think Paul Posluszny was better overall. Sean Lee was in on 14 tackles.
NoVa native Evan Royster was effective in limited action, scoring the game clinching TD.
I’m excited about the lines for next season. The offensive line returns everyone and the defensive line will have lots of experience.
Good to see the cornerbacks weren’t lined-up twelve yards deep on every play.