After all, it’s only Eastern Illinois (E-I-E-I-U!)
Well don’t look now, but their starting QB is a transfer from . . . !*w@. Of all places! (And he’s a least smart enough to want to get out of there! Then again, he ended up in Illinois–Eastern Illinois no less, so maybe his elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top.)
But fear not, PSU fans. Christensen is the ONLY !*w@ QB we have beaten in the last 8 games! This will be his second trip to Happy Valley, as chronicled by Adam Rittenberg.
Christensen expects many of his teammates to be “awestruck at first,” but he won’t be. The former Iowa quarterback will be making his second trip to Happy Valley as a player after facing Penn State in 2007. Christensen endured a rough day in a rough season, as Iowa lost 27-7 and he was sacked five teams as the Hawkeyes recorded only eight first downs.
His lasting impression from Beaver Stadium? “Real loud,” he said. “They’re going to be bigger than we are and probably faster than we are at every position, but
it’s been done before and there’s no reason why we can’t do it. We’re not scared, we’re not intimidated. We’re ready to play football.”
In discussing the hawkeyes dominance over PSU of late, the ex-Hawkeye has this to say:
“I don’t know, man,” he said when asked to explain Iowa’s success in the series. “They get some breaks against that team that I’ve never seen before in my life.”
I don’t know either, but there is some strange voodoo going on there if you ask me, which of course, you did not. It’s not as totally off the wall incomprehensible as the 11 game streak to THEM, but it’s coming mighty close. Too close for comfort.
And of his former coaches:
When asked if left-handers get picked on by their coaches, Christensen, a southpaw, said with a laugh, “Well, apparently Iowa’s coaches didn’t like me very much.”
And they like him even less now.