Snub in Iowa game said to spur Devlin’s decison to leave Penn State – The Inky
Remember all of those people who said not playing Pat Devlin in the Iowa game was a mistake?
When Clark suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter against Ohio State, Devlin took over and led the trailing Lions to the winning touchdown when he plunged 1 yard into the end zone. Before leaving the game, Clark had struggled a bit, and Devlin felt as if his performance had cracked open the quarterback competition, the source said.
The Lions were idle the next week and Clark was cleared to play against the Hawkeyes on Nov. 8. Fearing the mobile junior could suffer another head injury, however, Penn State included the “Wildcat” formation in its game plan to alleviate some of the pressure on the QB.
In the formation, wide receiver Derrick Williams received direct snaps from center, but Clark had his worst game as Penn State suffered its first loss, 24-23, ending its national-title hopes.
A source close to Devlin said he could not understand why he wasn’t inserted as Clark and the offense sputtered in the second half.
I can understand Devlin feeling snubbed, but expecting the quarterback competition to be reopened based on less than a half of play? Give me a break! Devlin brought the Lions back from a 6-3 deficit. Three points. How many programs do you think would bench their incumbent after a 8-0 start based on a three point comeback? That shows Devlin was kind of delusional and frankly makes me question his mental toughness. His departure leaves a hole in the depth chart, but maybe we’re better off in the long run.