The story of the game is Rob Bolden — he’s not Robert anymore.

Bolden was what, 20 for 29, 230+ yards 2 TDs 1 INT? Good numbers for any QB debut, even better for somebody who has been on campus for about a month. He kept his poise and overcame a little adversity. I think Joe Paterno made the right choice with Bolden. Next week of course, is a very different situation though. Good to see him stay in the game for as long as he did.

Bolden’s opposite number, Kurt Hess a redshirt freshman for Youngstown State did pretty well too with about an 82% completion percentage and 2 TDs. He should be a good FCS quarterback before he’s done.

The first quarter was another painfully slow start. Youngstown State actually went up 7-3 at one point after a screen pass went 80 yards for a TD. After that, Penn State finally came to life on both sides of the ball.

I thought he tackling early on was rather poor for Penn State.

WR Brett Brackett, surprise senior co-captain, had 8 catches and 2 TDs. That sounds like his last two seasons combined.

K Colin Wagner had 3 field goals 44 yards or more.

KR Chaz Powell‘s kickoff return TD to open the second half was pretty sweet. It seems like we see a lot more of those in recent years. Remember, there was about a 15 year gap between kickoff return TDs, I think Blair Thomas had one and then the next guy to get one was Larry Johnson.

Powell might have gone slightly out of bounds though, but not enough to overturn a replay.

Only 11 carries for RB Evan Royster. Yes, the talk about him being in the doghouse seems real.

I missed the last Penn State TD while getting my toddler ready for a nap.

It doesn’t look like the students filled their section at any point. The best student section in the country is overrated and frontrunning.

I don’t think the blue seats in the south end zone were close to being filled either.

I wish I was there today.

So, how many complaints will there be from people who didn’t know about the $40 gameday parking?

Always good to beat the Penguins.

All in all, a pretty good tuneup for the Nittany Lions. They had a little adversity and responded well. Next week — a lot of adversity visiting the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Author: WFY

Yet another Washingtonian pushing the ubiquitous Nats/DC sports, Penn State, commuting, bicycling, kayaking, broomball, skiing, gin & tonic agenda.

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