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PSU-Indiana wrapup...

November 20, 2010 - Ray Eckenrode

The headline:


PSU punt block helps avoid FedEx folly

It was over when:

+ Penn State was finally smart enough to give it to Silas Redd on a short-yardage paly and the electric freshman danced in from two yards out late in the fourth quarter to salt the game away.

Play of the day:

+ Andrew Dailey made the always-difficult block right off the Indiana punter’s foot late in the third quarter and James Van “Not So” Fleet picked it up on one hop and rambled for a 20-yard touchdown to break open a close game that seemed ready to tilt the Hoosiers’ way.

Hot topics:

+ Evan Royster looked like he was playing that game in slow motion. And that’s all we have to say about that.

+ Looked like less than 50,000 in attendance. That has to be a huge disappointment for the Redskins people. + Some Comcast cable subscribers in central Pennsylvania (including yours truly) saw the Michigan State-Purdue game at noon due to a Comast screwup. In the pre-Internet universe, trying to get in touch with Comcast (a company so notoriously bad at customer service it’s trying to change its name … you’re not fooling us Xfinity!) on a Saturday afternoon would have been futile. Enter Twitter and the Big Ten Network’s online help team (@BTN_HelpTeam) who gathered zip codes from upset viewers and contacted Comcast to get the problem fixed within minutes. Unbelieveable.

Paralysis by analysis:

+ Wow, was Anthony Herron on his game or what?. Great explanations, great anticipation. That was a big-time network-level effort.

+ Sideline reporter Lisa Byington did about as good a job as you can do with Joe at this point. Ask him a couple open-ended questions (How? Why?) and hope he stays in the neighborhood of the topic.

+ We criticize a lot of play-by-play guys for being unprepared, but Tom Hart is one of those guys that is so over-prepared it’s scary. Who knows that Drew Astorino scored the winning TD in the PIAA AAA state championship game? Zebra hunting:

+ The Big Ten replay official obviously got the Nate Stupar strip TD overrule and the Evan Royster knee down for 10 seconds calls correct after Dave Witvoet’s crew predictably blew them. That guy’s been mucking up football games for 20 years and the fact the Big Ten puts him on the field every weekend is a bad joke.

And now a word from our sponsors :

+ Um, Buffalo Wild Wings, that sprinkler commercial’s 15 minutes is up!.

Sweet tweets:

@15MinutesBlog: We never thought we’d say this, but PSU is throwing too much on first down.

@MelissaHickman: Is the Penn State game on TV or did they just figure no one really cares?

@hoosierdaddy71: Football is the 11th most important sport on IU’s campus. At least you have women’s volleyball.

We were right:

+ Penn State doesn’t want to get in a shootout with anyone right now with that defense.

+ In a rare double dip, we picked the winner not only straight up but against the spread. We’re hot. We might drive to AC.

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