Unwelcome to the Rock

Just what the hell was that?

Welcome to the Rock!

Did you know that the Indiana Hoosiers had never beaten Penn State in football before today?  There is no way you could have watched that game on BTN and NOT known.  It was repeated ad nauseum in the fourth quarter more time than they used to show Dan Persa’s mother ort Brady Quinn’s girlfriend.  Now in all fairness, I did point out that stat in the Weekly Game Guide, but I’m a Penn State homer and that is expected of me.

The problem was that they never put it in a graphic.  Had they put it in a graphic, Penn State would have won.  It’s the curse of the TV graphic.  They flashed up a graphic that Penn State led the nation in 24 straight scores in the red zone right before Butterworth watched a pitch in the dirt go past him to the back stop on a field goal attempt.  Graphic=Curse.  It’s as simple as that.

We can dispense with the usual pleasantries.  This was a lousy game from top to bottom against a mediocre, at best, opponent.

How do we sucketh, let me count the ways . . .

Go for it on fourth and short on our own 33 yard line in the fourth–and failing.  Check.

Fumble a kick-off to set up a score.  Check.

Bad snap on a field goal.  Check.

Have a field goal blocked.  Check.

Fumble in our own end zone for a safety.  Check.

Throw a pick six?  What?  We missed one?

We can spend a lot of time blaming–the sanctions, the coaching, the bad breaks.  The bottom line is this: this is not the most difficult game on the Big Ten schedule, and if Bill O’Brien can’t find some answers and create some improvement, it is going to be a long second half of this season.

Let’s look at the stats, shall we?

BY THE NUMBERS:

From GoPSUsports:

PSU IND
FIRST DOWNS………………. 27 23
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)………… 38-70 41-150
PASSING YDS (NET)…………. 340 336
Passes Att-Comp-Int……….. 55-30-0 39-24-1
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS….. 93-410 80-486
Fumble Returns-Yards………. 0-0 1-3
Punt Returns-Yards………… 1-3 2-6
Kickoff Returns-Yards……… 3-64 1-13
Interception Returns-Yards…. 1-0 0-0
Punts (Number-Avg)………… 4-45.2 6-41.5
Fumbles-Lost……………… 2-1 0-0
Penalties-Yards…………… 5-20 5-42
Possession Time…………… 35:11 24:49
Third-Down Conversions…….. 11 of 22 4 of 15
Fourth-Down Conversions……. 1 of 5 0 of 1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances……. 2-3 5-6
Sacks By: Number-Yards…….. 4-22 1-5

Penn State actually looks good on paper.  They led in first downs, third down conversions, and time of possession–by a lot.  There was a lot of separation in the total yardage category as well.  But it was the key turnovers on downs and fumbles that contributed to the lopsided margin of loss.  The stats showed PSU only lost one fumble, but the second fumble was recovered for a safety.  Still a turn-over when you consider we had to free kick it back to IU.

INTANGIBLES:

INDIANA WON ITS FIRST FOOTBALL GAME AGAINST PENN STATE IN SCHOOL HISTORY!!!  Didn’t know if you knew that or not.

Penn State won the toss and elected to receive.

Attendance was an anemic 42,125 in less than ideal weather.

Penn State is 3-2 on the season and 0-1 in the conference.

THE B1G PICTURE:

Minnesota lost to THEM without their coach for the fifth time (seizure.)  Final Score: 42-13.

The Spartans upset Iowa in Iowa by a score of 26-14.

Nebraska shucked the Illini 39-19.

Northwestern currently leads the Buckeyes by 3 starting the fourth quarter.
SHEDDING TEARS:

1.  Maryland–crushed by Seminoles 63-0.

2.  Iowa State–longhorned by Texas 31-30

3.  Temple–0-5 and beaten 30-7 by Louisville

4.  Alabama–beat Georgia State 45-3, but didn’t cover the spread.

5.  This spot is for Northwestern or Arizona State, but hopefully neither

LOOKING AHEAD:

THEM.

Beaver Stadium.  5pm start.

Homecoming.

White Out.

The wolverines are undefeated with wins over Central Michigan (59-9), Notre Dame (41-30), Akron (28-24), UConn (24-21) and Minnesota (42-13.)

GO STATE!  BEAT THEM!

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2 responses to “Unwelcome to the Rock

  1. I wasn’t so upset that we lost this one game as Indiana really played inspired I thought. The sad fact is that was possibly the easiest game for the rest of the year for the team.

    • Surprisingly, I was not upset either. Kind of sucks to have an unbeaten streak broken, but had to happen sometime. Better now than in a season where the loss might mean something. Indiana’s receivers–Latimer–were playing lights out. Folks upset by the D, but this guy was covered and making circus catches tiptoeing and dancing along the sideline. IU played a nearly perfect game and we repeatedly shot ourselves in the feet. As far as easiest game–have you checked out Purdue? We might be able to beat them with only 50 scholarships at this point. The Boilers look pretty bad.

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