Tag:Josh Gaines
Posted on: September 6, 2008 8:06 pm
 

Penn State: 2-0.

Well it just went final in Happy Valley and Penn State is victorious yet again. They beat the Beavers of Oregon State 45-14 today. The Lions showed off more of the Spread HD than they did against Coastal Carolina, as was expected. Darryl Clark ended up completed 14 out of 23 attempts for 214 yards and 2 TDs while he ran for 60 yards and another score. Evan Royster has surpassed his touchdown total of last year, running in another 3 today. That makes 6 on the year. He led the team with 142 yards on just 17 carries, but had a fumble around the OS 4 yard line as I thought he was going to get another TD. Jordan Norwood surpassed O.J McDuffie on the all time receiving list to move into 3rd behind Bobby Engram and Deion Butler. Norwood finished with 8 receptions for 115 yards and beautiful touchdown reception. Mickey Shuler showed that he can make some grabs too and had what I think was the best catch of the year as he went up and caught a TD in traffic and came down with both feet in bounds while taking a hit. The Beavers have a good secondary and showed it today as they had at least 8 in the box all game. <o:p></o:p>

The defense started out strong. Josh Gaines and Jared Odrick stepped up big time for the Lions as they were missing two of their starters stemming from the marijuana incident earlier in the week. Mark Rubin and Josh Hull each had interceptions as Lyle Moraevao made mistakes again today for the Beavers. Moraevao ended up throwing for 236 yards and freshman Quizz Rodgers had 99 yards and 2TDs on the ground. Overall I think our defense did pretty well against a Pac-10 team with playmakers. We got pretty good pressure on the QB and they didn't allow a first down on the first 3 OS series' (I think). <o:p></o:p>

Special Teams looked alright today. Kevin Kelly tried a 60 yard field goal to end the first half and came up just short, I think it would've been good from about 57. That's good to know once we get into the bigger games. Jeremy Boone had a really nice punt in the first half, but it went for a touchback and then ran from the punt formation in the 4th quarter for a first down, but it was called back due to an illegal shift. No big returns for the Lions today, and Stepfon Green was back there and let a kick go through his hands. All in all, a good day for the Lions<o:p></o:p>

Next week we travel to Syracuse. The Orange(men) are 0-2 with losses to Northwestern and Akron. Today we completed the toughest part of our OOC schedule. I look for the Lions to use some of the plays that they already have and not break out anything new until the Illinois game. It looks like this offense is for real, if we can keep up the play on the defensive side of the ball, look out! I heard the commentators today say that maybe this Penn State team is underrated. Anyway, my prediction for the SU game is Penn State 55 Syracuse 17. That's it for now, look for the breakdown and top 25 later, probably tomorrow. <o:p></o:p>

WE ARE.....<o:p></o:p>

 
 
 
 
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