On a snowy, surreal Saturday afternoon in Happy Valley, Penn State defeated Minnesota 20-0 in front of a subdued crowd that was announced at 107,000+ for the annual homecoming game. The shutout was Penn State’s first in almost two seasons and the victory makes the Lions bowl eligible at 6-1; but there is still plenty of work to be done beyond week seven.
After a day of limited parking and “no tailgating,” Penn State an Minnesota kicked off the annual homecoming game under cold, cloudy skies in Beaver Stadium.
The game overall was extremely one sided, as Penn State scored their first six points on two Colin Wagner field goals and took a 6-0 lead late into the second quarter. Just before halftime, Daryll Clak found Derek Moye in the endzone but the catch was originally ruled out of bounds. After the play went to review, the call was overturned and the Lions had a 13-0 lead heading to the locker rooms.
In the second half, Penn State tacked on another touchdown on a Daryll Clark quarterback sneak to make the score 20-0. Minnesota’s best scoring chance came late in the game on a 4th and goal at the Penn State one. On a sweep play to the left side, Jerome Hayes blew up two men, allowing A.J. Wallace to make a one-on-one tackle near the pylon to preserve Penn State’s first shoutout at Beaver Stadium since 2006.
- Lancaster Newspapers – Mike Gross
- Harrisburg Patriot-News – Bob Flounders
- The Daily Collegian – Game Recap
- GoPSUSports.com – Game Recap
POSTGAME NOTES FROM THE SID
UPON FURTHER REVIEW
This game was the first time all season Penn State won all three phases of the game. Offensively, Evan Royster finally had the day we had been waiting for and Derek Moye emerged to be the number one reciever. Defensively, Josh Hull had his third solid game in a row and the secondary completely eliminated the biggest offensive threat in the entire Big Ten conference. Even Colin Wagner, who didn’t have a touchback all season, got two balls to the end zone limiting Minnesota’s dangerous special teams from doing any damage. All in all, a very encouraging game that gives the Nits something to build on heading to Michigan next week.
Also, one more thing: to those students who thre snowballs at the defenseless cheerleaders, sideline officials and dance team members, don’t bother coming back to a game. Between all the PSU campuses there are 90,000 kids who would surely love to attend some football games, get there on time, and have a little class while doing so. Fortuantely for us fans, Penn State players, administration and alumni, things never really got too out of hand which would have been another black eye for a school that has suffered irrefutable damage to their reputation over the last few years. To those students who showed some maturity and didn’t throw anything onto the field or at anyone (i.e. Seniors and Juniors), good job, but please consider start showing up to the games on time, that is also quite embarrassing on a national stage.
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
- Akron: L, 17-21 @ Buffalo
- Syracuse: Bye week, no game
- Temple: W, 27-13 vs. Army
- Iowa: W, 20-10 @ Wisconsin
- Illinois: L, 14-27 @ Indiana
- Eastern Illinois: W, 23-15 vs. Tennessee Tech
- Minnesota: L, 0-20 @ Penn State
- Michigan: W, 63-3 vs. Delaware State
- Northwestern: L, 14-24 @ Michigan State
- Ohio State: L, 18-26 @ Purdue
- Indiana: W, 27-14 vs. Illinois
- Michigan State: W, 24-14 vs. Northwestern
- Combined opponent’s record: 6-5 for the week, 46-34 for the year (.575)
AROUND THE BIG TEN
- PURDUE 26, #7 OHIO STATE 18: Thanks to five Buckeye turnovers and less than 300 yards of total offense, the seventh-ranked Buckeyes dropped a stunner to the Boilermakers, who won their first conference game since the final game of 2008 and their first game overall since the first game of this season. Joey Elliott led the way for Purdue, going 31 of 50 for 281 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Aaron Valentine was on the receiving end of both TD passes in the third quarter, which gave Purdue a 23-7 lead at the time.
- MICHIGAN STATE 24, NORTHWESTERN 14: The Spartans scored all 24 points in the second half, including 17 in the third quarter on their way to beating Northwestern at home. This contest featured remarkable close statistics, as Michigan State outgained the Wildcats by just five yards and MUS quarterback Kirk Cousins threw for just ten more yards that Northwestern’s Mike Kafka.
- MICHIGAN 63, DELAWARE STATE 3: As the only team to travel outside of the conference this week, Michigan failed to use the services of a punter as they rolled over the Hornets of Delaware State by the score of 63-3 in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines compiled 727 yards of total offense, including 461 on the ground against an undersized, physically-overmatched Delaware State defense.
- #11 IOWA 20, WISCONSIN 10: Iowa kept their slim hopes of a national championship alive with a 10-point win on the road at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday. The Hawkeyes defense suffocated Wisconsin to the tune of just 230 yards of total offense and used three interceptions to key the victory. Quarterback Ricky Stanzi threw for 218 yards and one score in the win.
- INDIANA 27, ILINOIS 14: Indiana bounced back after last week’s big loss at Virginia with a win against the hapless Illini in Bloomington. The Hoosiers led by as many as 20 late in a game that featured over 900 yards of total offense. The loss means that Illinois is officially the first Big Ten team eliminated from having a chance of winning the conference title in 2009; they also must win five of their last six to have a chance of going to a bowl game.
AROUND THE NATION
- #8 CINCINNATI 34, #21SOUTH FLORIDA 17: After an injury to Heisman contending quarterback Tony Pike late in the second quarter, backup QB Zach Collaros came into the game and rushed for 132 yards in the second half to lead the Bearcats to a victory over South Florida. The extents of Pike’s injury are not known as of yet, and it is unknown if Pike will play in Cincinnati’s next game.
- #3 TEXAS 16, #20 OKLAHOMA 13: For the fourth time in five years, Texas beat Oklahoma in the annual Red River Rivalry game at the Cotton Bowl. Even though Longhorns quarterback Colt McCoy threw for just 127 yards, Texas used a stifling rushing defense to get by Oklahoma. The Sooners were held to -17 rushing yards for the day and also knocked Sam Bradford out of the game when he re-aggravated his shoulder injury on a sack in the first quarter.
- #6 USC 34, #25 NOTRE DAME 27: A late rally from 20 points behind fell to the turf in South Bend, and USC beat Notre Dame for the eighth straight time. The Irish had a chance to tie the game in the late seconds after mounting a ferocious comeback in the final quarter, but Duval Kamara slipped while cutting in his route and the game was over. USC QB Matt Barkley threw for 380 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the win, while Jimmy Clausen threw for 260 yards and two scores for Notre Dame.
- #1 FLORIDA 23, ARKANSAS 20: Caleb Sturgis kicked a game-winning 27-yard field goal with nine seconds left that allowed the top-ranked Gators to escape with a victory over Arkansas. Tim Tebow threw for 255 yards and a score in the victory, even though Florida fumbled the ball away four times in the game.
- #19 GEORGIA TECH 28, #4 VIRGINIA TECH 23: Facing their last stern test of the regular season, Virginia Tech lost any chance of a berth in the national championship game by falling to Georgia Tech Saturday night in Atlanta. Josh Nesbitt rushed for 122 yards and three touchdowns for the Yellow Jackets, who won their first game at home against a top-five team since 1962.
- #2 ALABAMA 20, #22 SOUTH CAROLINA 6: Mark Ingram ran wild over the South Carolina defense, gaining 246 yards and a score in the tide’s win over the Gamecocks. With the win, Alabama jumps to number one in the AP poll, over a Florida team who struggled to beat Arkansas at home Saturday afternoon.
THE NEW ASSOCIATED PRESS TOP TEN
- 1. ALABAMA (39)
- 2. FLORIDA (20)
- 3. TEXAS
- 4. USC
- 5. CINCINNATI
- 6. BOISE STATE
- 7. IOWA
- 8. MIAMI (FL.)
- 9. LSU
- 10. TCU
- 13. PENN STATE
- 18. OHIO STATE
THE BCS TOP TEN
- 1. FLORIDA
- 2. ALABAMA
- 3. TEXAS
- 4. BOISE STATE
- 5. CINCINNATI
- 6. IOWA
- 7. USC
- 8. TCU
- 9. LSU
- 10. MIAMI (FL.)
- 13. PENN STATE
- 19. OHIO STATE
AGAINST THE SPREAD’S BOWL PROJECTIONS
- BCS NAT’L CHAMP GAME: Alabama vs. Texas
- ORANGE BOWL: Cincinnati vs. Georgia Tech
- FIESTA BOWL: Miami (Fl.) vs. Boise State
- SUGAL BOWL: Florida vs. Penn State
- ROSE BOWL: Iowa vs. USC
- If Penn State does not get selected for a BCS berth, they would end up in the Capital One Bowl.
For their second road game of the season, Penn State visits Ann Arbor to take on the Wolverines in “The Bighouse.” We will have a game preview on Thursday evening.
Also, we are just 13 days away from the beginning of Ohio State Hate Week 2009, beginning November 1st.