Penn State spring game: What we learned
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|NCAA Stats Comparison|
|Passes Had Intercepted||54||30|
|Pass Efficiency Defense||7||85|
|Fewest Penalties Per Game||34||116|
|Fewest Yards Penalized Per Game||25||104|
|Punt Return Yardage Defense||85||17|
|Kickoff Return Yardage Defense||60||28|
|Offense Third-down Efficiency||85||21|
|Offense Fourth-down Efficiency||10||57|
|Defense Third-down Efficiency||38||92|
|Defense Fourth-down Efficiency||94||94|
|Tackles for Loss||27||104|
|Offense Tackles for Loss||5||110|
|Pass Sacks Allowed||25||105|
|Time of Possession||79||73|
|First Downs Allowed||10||75|
|Red Zone Efficiency||77||84|
|Red Zone Efficiency - Defense||114||71|
|Average NCAA Rank:||51.59||68.38|
|Weighted Avg. Rank:||49.33||64.25|
|Separated at birth, or "we have a W" on our helmet wannabe?|
Oh, yes. Defensive co-coordinator Mike Ekeler is ticked.To add insult to injury . . .
“There is no depth chart at this point,” he said. “We're not gonna watch that. That's not gonna be representative of who we are. We're gonna fix it. That's why we were brought here. That's not the standard we're gonna set.”
The Hoosiers are 1-3 and enter Saturday's Big Ten opener against Penn State (3-1) with zero momentum. They got manhandled by a previously winless North Texas team Saturday three weeks after being manhandled by Ball State and a week after setting a school record for most penalties.
“We had 28 loafs (not hustling plays) and I think it was 18 missed tackles,” Ekeler said about the 24-21 loss to North Texas. “That was an embarrassment.
“We didn't come to play. That's on me. I take it very personal. I'm embarrassed that that tape is out there on how we looked on defense. We had guys playing like they were scared. Scared to put their face on somebody.”
Former Homestead standout Kevin Bush is no longer on the football team. Coach Kevin Wilson said after Saturday's North Texas game that the junior defensive end had “lost his spark about playing.”
|Are you embarrassed? Me? No. Wait! Is it basketball season yet?|
|He'll Be Back!|
|NCAA Stats Comparison|
|Passes Had Intercepted||49||72|
|Pass Efficiency Defense||11||31|
|Fewest Penalties Per Game||41||97|
|Fewest Yards Penalized Per Game||44||113|
|Punt Return Yardage Defense||104||29|
|Kickoff Return Yardage Defense||91||1|
|Offense Third-down Efficiency||87||83|
|Offense Fourth-down Efficiency||13||51|
|Defense Third-down Efficiency||36||89|
|Defense Fourth-down Efficiency||48||1|
|Tackles for Loss||76||5|
|Offense Tackles for Loss||11||73|
|Pass Sacks Allowed||44||44|
|Time of Possession||66||64|
|First Downs Allowed||14||47|
|Red Zone Efficiency||75||81|
|Red Zone Efficiency - Defense||106||64|
|Average NCAA Rank:||56.14||57.89|
|Weighted Avg. Rank:||59.5||61.75|
They don’t like his politics. They don’t like his hobbies. And they’re pretty sure he can’t coach. Jay Paterno hears the critics, but he pays them no mind. He’s got his hands full as a father, husband, writer, political activist, and, yes, football coach.
Imagine how they’d feel if he one day inherits his father’s job. This is the nightmare scenario of Penn State football conspiracy theorists, the thought of Jay Paterno someday ascending to the throne. At this, the alleged heir apparent just laughs.
"Who wouldn’t want to be head coach here? Yeah, that would be fantastic, but it’s going to be somebody else’s decision," Jay says. "The worst thing you can do to put Joe in a bad mood is say, ‘Hey, when you retire…’, so we don’t talk about it. There is no great conspiracy, there is no plan, and I’m in no hurry to see it happen."
Heʼs one of the most visible assistant coaches in major college football—the head coachʼs son, a Penn State alumnus and a former Penn State football letterman who has coached at three other schools and helped produce numerous standout performers during a 21-year career.
Fourth-down confusion: It was widely reported after Saturday's game that most of the assistant coaches wanted to go for it on fourth-and-1 at the Temple 3, a decision that helped PSU win the game. JoePa remembers it differently and gave all the credit to his son, the quarterbacks coach. "Everybody wanted to kick the ball except Jay Paterno," he said. "We would have kicked that ball if it wasn't for Jay. Jay said, 'No, we'll put it in, we'll get it in.' And he said something to the quarterbacks about, 'Hey, you tell those guys they've got to get it in.' And we got it in."
|I'm a Great Lake . . . only smaller!|
A team that has Bernard Pierce, Mike Gerardi, Joey Jones, Evan Rodriguez, Rod Streater, Matty Brown, Alex Jackson and Deon Miller should not be struggling to put points on the board, no matter who the opponent.Seriously? Are Temple fans as poor at football analysis as their team is at playing the game? You expect your offense to generate the same points against Oklahoma (or say, Penn State) as you would against Akron????
To me, that lack of offensive help is the most disappointing thing.If size were all that mattered, Wisconsin would never lose a game.
A team that has a 6-5, 320-pound offensive line, should be able to get a push from time to time and protect the quarterback with regularity, no matter who the opponent.
It was not the greatest upset in college football history and not even the most amazing upset in the program’s storied history, but in the end, Penn State managed to upset the Temple OwlsIt's deja blue and white all over again.
The Mighty and Most-annoying Owls came into
Beaver StadiumLincoln Financial Field as if they already had the game won. They were actually disappointed that they did not win. They couldn’t believe they didn’t win. They were already reserving tickets for a BCS game (they already had the rest of the season won as well.)
But that is why we play these games. The heavily favored (in their own minds) Owls came out swinging. THEY CAME TO PLAY. (If I hear that one more time I may just have to kill someone.) And for almost
threefour quarters, the Cherry and Vanilla played like they were going to win. THEY DESERVED TO WIN. (If you say that one more time, you are next on my list.) But like any great team that gets upset, they let a pesky opponent—WHO ALSO CAME TO PLAY—hang around too long and the Lions snatched away victory in the final quarter of play.
|I knew you couldn't do it, |
even when you've got nothing to lose.
You're weak. And I've outgrown you.
|Pay no attention to that man behind the windows!|
There's a buzz about Temple vs. Penn State this year that I don't ever remember in my Temple vs. Penn State lifetime and that's half of Joe Paterno's years.Strange, but that is the feeling I had before we played Bama last Saturday.
I really feel the stars are perfectly aligned for a Temple win over Penn State this time.
I've never felt this strongly before.
We'll go into those details later in the week but suffice it to say that Temple has a healthy NFL first-round draft pick and a stone-cold stud carrying the ball (Penn State doesn't), Temple has a defensive coordinator who was 12-0 as a DC on a BCS bowl team (Penn State doesn't), Temple has a relatively youthful head coach who is a master motivator (and Penn State doesn't) and Temple has an offensive coordinator who developed Tom Brady and Tim Tebow (and Penn State doesn't).
Apparently, the Buzz extends to people named Buzz.
Not just any Buzz, mind you, the most famous person in the world named Buzz, Pulitizer Prize winning author Buzz Bissinger who correctly predicts a Temple victory over Penn State here. You've got to figure someone who writes about football with that kind of insight and lives in Pennsylvania knows a little about the state of the two programs at this time.
Temple also has a massive offensive line that averages 6-5, 320 (and PSU doesn't) and a Big 33 MVP (Adrian Robinson) and Penn State does not.
What will Temple have on Saturday that Penn State doesn't have?
A win that day, 24-20.
The stars are perfectly aligned.
Will this finally be the year of the Owl? Maybe but the fact that they are even being considered on the same level as the mighty Penn State show’s how far the Temple program has come under former coach Al Golden and current coach Steve Addazio.There's that buzz word again. BUZZ. Sounds like they have a bee problem. I had a hard drive that buzzed one time right before it crashed forever. But I digress.
“There’s a buzz around our program, it’s great for our program, we’re playing well,” Addazio said. “Who knows what that outcome’s going to be but you wouldn’t want it any other way.”
|Angry Owls Hope Penn State lays an EGG.|
Known for his conservative approach to game-calling, Alabama coach Nick Saban went against his usual personality Thursday.Notes on Julio Jones:
Was underutilized in Nick Saban's conservative, run- orientated system and might be a better pro than college player with more opportunities
They got conservative in those games and that’s why they lost.
Though he's known to call very conservative plays and manage the clock, his teams still stun the crowd with a few wild plays each year.
|Bleach is perfect for a WHITE OUT!|
Say what you will about the overall performance yesterday afternoon, but at the very least we should have a healthy squad against Penn State, which was something we did not have a year ago.
The quarterback battle received much of the attention today, and rightly so. Both quarterbacks did some good things and some bad things, but clearly on the whole A.J. McCarron had the better day of the two. Does that result in more playing time for him next weekend, or will the three series strategy hold true for another week? Your guess is as good as mine at this point, but clearly McCarron bolstered his case yesterday afternoon. Having said that, though, even McCarron has room to improve and the play of both players left some desires unfulfilled. McCarron improved his positioning yesterday, but it's hard to see him winning the quarterback battle based upon the strength of that performance alone.
Turnovers, however, remain a major concern. McCarron and Sims each tossed two interceptions each, including one from Sims which was a de facto interception return for a touchdown, and 'Bama put the ball on the ground four more times. Fumble luck was fortunate yesterday (only one lost on four fumbles), but four interceptions and four fumbles against a quality opponent -- read Penn State -- is almost a guaranteed to yield a loss [emphasis added] regardless of how much fumble luck you may experience. Beating Penn State will be exceedingly difficult unless the Tide does not improve over how it protected the football yesterday in the season opener. The same goes for Arkansas, LSU, and many others.
While the offense had some issues and never really seemed to develop a rhythm, the defense was nothing short of outstanding in a dominating performance against Kent State. The Golden Flashes managed only 90 yards of total offense off 70 plays, and the pass defense averaged roughly one yard per pass. Making matters better, 'Bama actually stopped the run with authority yesterday, as opposed to merely limiting the run, which was the case all throughout the 2010 season. The Kent State tailbacks averaged well under three yards per carry, and the longest run from scrimmage all afternoon was a mere six yards. Throw in a few sacks and you basically did it all... stopped the run, stopped the pass, pressured the passer. A bit more takeaways would have been nice, but that's clearly nitpicking given the overall play yesterday afternoon. Yes it was against a weak offense, admittedly, but any performance of this nature is highly impressive regardless of the quality of opponent.
The biggest disappointment of the day was easily the sluggish play of the offensive line. Pass protection was shaky at times, though at least somewhat serviceable, but the run game was again almost non-existent.
Later . . .
|One of My Favorite Years--for Football AND buttons!|