Blue dismantled White 37-0 before an announced crowd of 72,000 fans, who joined James Franklin in a WE ARE . . . PENN STATE cheer during the break between the first and second quarters.
In no particular order, are some random thoughts . . .
The weather was beautiful. It just can’t get any better than that. It might have been too hot, but after the winter we’ve had, I am NOT complaining! Pass the lemonade!
Nice 409 memorial to Joe where his statue SHOULD be.
It looked better in person than with my crappy cell phone and pasting!
The numbers were created with blue pinwheels stuck in the ground. A sign offered fans to take one after the game–but not before, since they ARE NOT allowed in Beaver Stadium. Really? Seriously? Afraid of a drive-by pinwheeling? Since when do terrorists use pinwheels? This would appear to be some serious pinwheel profiling here, folks!
You don’t realize how much you miss the video boards until they aren’t there!
Can’t we recruit better scoreboards????
Offense looked a little shaky. 3-0 after the first quarter. Only 17-0 at the half. Second half quarters were only 10 minutes with the clock kept running. Defense added a pick six and set up some short fields–four of the five turnovers were notched by blue jerseys. Is our defense that good or offense that shaky? Too early to tell.
Great trickeration with Geno Lewis throwing off a reverse to a wide open Zanellato for a score. Maybe the D ain’t that good after all!
Hackenberg only played a couple of series early on. No other quarterback looked especially good in my humble opinion.
I like me some Cole Chiappialle! He looks like a midget, but even with a shaky line, seemed to pop open some good runs.
Jim O’Hora Award: Defensive tackle Anthony Zettel
Red Worrell Award: Guard Brian Gaia
Frank Patrick Total Commitment Award: End Deion Barnes
Coaches Special Teams Award: Kicker Sam Ficken
Only noticeable injury was Wendy Laurent (center). It just had to be a lineman, didn’t it?
This may not be their year, but with Penn State riding the #1 recruiting class right now, the future looks bright.
And with a few schools still left to play spring games (notably Alabama and Michigan State), here are the rankings of attendance:
Team Day Attendance (Cost)
Penn State Saturday, 72,000 (free, plus free autograph session)
Tennessee Saturday 66,548 (free)
Nebraska Saturday 61,772 ($10)
Ohio State Saturday 61,058 ($5, price originally $20 and $12)
Florida State Saturday 36,500 (free)
Florida Saturday 35,834 ($5)
LSU April 5 18,565 (free)
Michigan April 5 15,000 (free)
Indiana Saturday 9,231 (free)
Maryland Friday 8,319 (free)
Wisconsin Saturday 8,204 ($5)
Purdue Saturday 7,175 (free)
Illinois Saturday 5,105 (free)
Minnesota Saturday 5,000 (free)
Northwestern Saturday N/A (free, no game, just open practice)
Nothing to be BLUE about!