If you face palmed so hard that you’re now cross-eyed . . . you might be a Penn State fan.
If you’re standing on a ledge, despite your team winning . . . you might be a Penn State fan.
I could go on and on, over and over again, repeating the same crap . . . but that would make me a Penn State fan!
33-28, and the Hoosiers not only recover an on-sides kick to gain possession for a possible upsetting score, but they do so because the Nittany Lions shot themselves in the tail–once again–with a penalty mistake. How can you line up with too many men on one side of the field? It’s apparently easier than it sounds. I did not know that was a penalty. But I am not being paid multiple millions of dollars to know that interesting, and possibly game changing, piece of trivia.
The Hoosiers won nearly every statistical category–total yards, passing yards, rushing yards, first downs, time of possession, better conversion percentages for third and fourth downs–yet still lost the game. Glad I’m not a Hoosier blogger –I don’t have to recap that crap!
The only thing that saved us was Indiana had 7 penalties to 3 for us, and one more turn-over. We also were 5-5 in the red zone (albeit only 3 TDs) while the Hoosiers were 3-4 in the Del Grosso Red Zone. And therein is the difference in the game.
Am I happy that we won?
But could we just start playing–and coaching–a little smarter?
What did you think of the botched fake punt? There have been times when we’re punting from the opponents 40 yard line where I thought, hey, the odds are you’re going to kick into the end zone for a touchback. So you’re maybe giving up 20 yards if you fail.
But with the score tied in the first quarter, it seemed . . . rather desperate. And it was poorly executed, like we had never even practiced it before.
Sure, if it had worked, and we went on to score, it could have looked brilliant.
But the coaching issue I fear goes a little more deeply. What has happened to our offense? Is it simply a product of facing defenses of better quality than Pitt and Kent State?
McSorley has been awful on the deep throws. That is not coaching per se, but maybe it is time to switch things up. Give the other guys a series or two. My friend, who has watched more Penn State football than I in his lifetime, thinks McSorley had/has an injury. The last three games, he certainly has lost his touch. He has made up for it with his legs, but do we want to be a team that depends on its quarterback for most of our rushing yardage? I guess if it works . . .
But again, I told you last week I’m not an x’s and o’s kind of guy. I don’t know if the play calling really is different, or just the results, but my sense is that we have become predictable and bland.
We are Bob Ross, painting an offense. Let’s put a happy little wide receiver over here. There’s nothing wrong with having a tight end as a friend. I guess I’m a little weird. I like to talk to footballs and pylons. That’s okay though; I have more fun than most people. Lets build a happy little quarterback sneak. Let’s get crazy and try a fake punt here, for no reason at all. We don’t make mistakes, we just have happy accidents.
A happy accident. That sums up the Indiana game in a nutshell.
The Tide continues to roll, but the Buckeyes streak of wins ended at Purdue. I don’t know what team Urban Meyer took to West Lafayette, but that was not the team he brought to Beaver Stadium. Dude! Someone stole his team!
Trace McSorley’s streak of games with a touchdown pass ended. Tommy Stevens threw the only touchdown pass of the game.
We snapped a two game losing streak.
Nebraska snapped their own 10 game losing streak with a victory over the Gophers.
Rutgers extended their losing streak to 7.
The Big (Ten) Picture:
Michigan trumped Michigan State to take the mid-term lead in the Big Ten Polls.
Wisconsin beat Illinois 49-20.
The Haweyes shut out Maryland 23-0. Sure hope we don’t have to face that defense.
The Cornhuskers defeated Minnesota 53-28.
Northwestern beat Rutgers 18-15. Oh, Scarlet Knights, you were soooo close.
And living vicariously through the Boilermakers, Purdue downed Ohio State 49-20. Read. That. Again. 49-20. The Buckeyes looked lost. Seriously, it was like the Keystone Kops on some of their defensive plays. (Or, ahem, like Penn State’s defense at times.)
Iowa comes to Beaver Stadium next week at 3:30. The Haweyes are ranked 18th. The home team is ranked 17/16. (Appalachian State is 25th!)
They have a home loss to Wisconsin 28-17, but wins over Minnesota (48-31), Indiana 42-16–uh oh) and Maryland (23-0). Their record is 6-1 overall with OOC victories over Iowa State, Northern Iowa, and Northern Illinois.
The early betting line has Penn State favored by 6. I am not making that up.. I don’t know why. Don’t ask me.
GO STATE! BEAT HAWKS!