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October 23, 2010 - Ray Eckenrode
Blogger’s note: We’re done with the quarter-by-quarter game summaries. Twitter has made that kind of thing obsolete. Wisecracks and snappy analysis can be delivered now in real time so if you’re not using Twitter, you should start. You can check out our wisecracks and snappy analysis from Saturday’s game by visiting www.twitter.com/15MinutesBlog. What we’re going to do moving forward for both PSU and Steelers games is a quick-hitting postgame blog that focuses on analysis.
Lions lose Bolden, but score big in first Big Ten win
It was over when:
Matt McGloin and Derek Moye connected on a pretty 10-yard fade pass on 3rd-and-goal to make it 31-14 early in the fourth quarter.
Play of the day:
Minnesota senior quarterback Adam Weber had all day to throw, but still decided to throw into double coverage in the end zone midway through the second quarter. D’Anton Lynn’s INT and 60-yard return put the Gophers in a hole they never got out of.
+ Although they finally got a couple key stops, Penn State’s defense looked terribly slow again and missed tons of tackles. You have to wonder if Denard Robinson might not have a 400-yard game next weekend. + How daunting is Tom Bradley’s job? It appears to us that Michael Mauti is the only defensive starter Penn State is putting on the field right now who has elite D-1 speed. + Stephon Morris had one of the roughest days we’ve ever seen defensively, missing at least five critical tackles and being burnt repeatedly in the secondary.
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Paralysis by analysis:
Rob Stone and David Pollack were actually pretty decent, although Pollack kept suggesting Rob Bolden should run more, even though each time he did it was painfully apparent that Bolden is not a runner. To be generous, Bolden has looked timid running so far. To be fair, he’s looked frightened.
We thought the encroachment call on Justin Brown on Penn State’s first series was bogus, but it turns out the official was right. Imagine that. In college, an offensive player in the neutral zone is called for dead ball encroachment as soon as the center touches the ball. He does not have until the snap to adjust his position as he would in the NFL.
@JoePas_Doghouse: Evan Royster needs only 30 more games to surpass the all-time PSU rushing record.
@CoryGiger: McGloin has the Brett Favre disease of thinking he can always thread the needle. He can't. (Giger also quickly informed Twitter users after Rob Bolden’s injury that Kevin Newsome had been sick all week. Thirty minutes later, ESPNU’s announcers were still wondering where Newsome was. We’ve said it before. If you’re not using Twitter, start.)
We were right:
After throwing only three times on first down in the entire game against Illinois, Penn State came out and threw on four first downs in the first five minutes. As we suggested in our pregame blog, Minnesota came out run blitzing on nearly every first and second down, allowing Bolden to complete his first nine passes with no traffic on the second level of the defense.
We were wrong:
There is a team that Penn State should be favored by 9.5 points over and that team is Minnesota.