Blue-White Game highlights, lowlights
UNIVERSITY PARK – Following are the highlights and lowlights from the Blue’s 67-47 victory over the White Saturday at Beaver Stadium:
Play of the game: Freshman Akeel Lynch got to the corner on a 27-yard jaunt in the second quarter.
Offensive player of the game: Lynch made the biggest impression by running for 83 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries.
Defensive player of the game: Brad Bars made two sacks in the first half for 15 yards in lost yardage and was in the White backfield fairly regularly.
Most telling statistic: None of the four quarterbacks threw for 100 yards or averaged more than 6.6 yards per completion.
Most deceiving statistic: The Blue had nine sacks, but all they had to do was touch the quarterbacks for them to be ruled down, and the secondary was responsible for several of those with some pretty good coverage.
Hidden statistic: The attendance wasn’t announced; Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner estimated it at 50,000, but that probably was generous by at least 15,000.
Best run: Allen Robinson saw his first-quarter end-around wasn’t going anywhere, so he reversed his field and took it for a 29-yard gain.
Best pass: Tyler Ferguson showed his arm strength, firing a 5-yard touchdown to Richy Anderson to the outside early in the fourth quarter.
Worst pass: Perhaps as he tried to tuck it and bring it back, Ferguson had a ball fly out of his hand directly into the ground a couple of yards beyond the line of scrimmage with no receivers or defenders in the vicinity.
Best catch: Eugene Lewis bailed out Ferguson on a short pass with a one-hand grab for an 8-yard gain in the first quarter.
Catch it, will you: Brent Wilkerson had a nice game at tight end as a blocker, but he let a potential first-down throw in the second half as he dragged across the field to slip through his fingers.
Hold it, won’t you: Converted receiver Trevor Williams had two golden opportunities to make interceptions at the end of the first half but didn’t hold either. The second was a much tougher catch than the first.
Best call: Coach Bill O’Brien was miked for the first 10 minutes of the third quarter and managed to get the fans into the game a bit.
Worst call: It was hard to find fault with much of anything.
Best block: Tight end Jesse James washed Anthony Zettel down the line to pave the way for Lynch to bust off his 27-yard run.
Best tackle: Generally pretty solid all around, but Adam Cole’s only tackle of the game to take down Deron Thompson for a 1-yard loss despite a hold on the play was a cut above.
Best hit: Nyeem Wartman had a chance to square up Thompson on a pass into the flat in the first quarter and arrived just after the ball.
Worst tackle: Nothing noteworthy.
Best kick: Nothing to speak of – there were no kickoffs or punts, only one field goal attempt and three PATs.
Worst kick: Sam Ficken missed an extra point in the fourth quarter.
Worst decision: Steven Bench tried to force a pass to three defenders to Eugene Lewis in the end zone that he was lucky to get back.
Best effort: James managed to get a foot inbounds just before going out of the back of the end zone to haul in a 35-yard touchdown pass from Ferguson.
Unsung hero: Overshadowed by Lynch and the other scholarship players, walk-on Thompson ran for 97 yards and caught three passes.