Former Foes: Week 8

Just like their entrence the Cavaliers season is going up in smoke - Geoff Burke

A look back at the teams Penn State has already played.

Ohio (7-0)

Bye

Next up: Miami (of the Ohio variety) (3-4)

Virginia (2-6)

Lost to Wake Forest (3-3) 16-10

God, Virginia loves to lose ugly. It's a broken record but Virginia turned the ball over three times and made ghastly special team errors on its way to the Cavaliers' 6th straight loss. Want to know how bad it's been for Virginia? They scored with 20 seconds to go in the half to tie it up at 7 a piece. Before the half ended Wake tacked on another field goal.... in less than 20 seconds. Wake kicked off and allowed returner Chibuikem Okoro to gain 20 yards to the Virginia 45 and then helped the Demon Deacons out with a 15 yard personal foul. Two plays later Wake was heading into the locker room with a 3-point lead.

Despite Wake giving up more than 206 yards on the ground previously, they held Virginia to 48 yards on 32 carries. Virginia still out-gained Wake, thanks to quarterback Phillip Sims 253 yards, but the Cavaliers couldn't overcome the two fumbles and 1 interception. Can we PLEASE play this team again?!?!?

Next up: North Carolina State (5-2)

Navy (4-3)

Beat Indiana (2-5) 31-30

Some of us (hint: me), actually picked Navy to beat Indiana in this game and the Midshipmen didn't disappoint. Freshman quarterback Keenan Reynolds completed a 4-yard touchdown pass to Matt Aiken with 2:02 to play and Navy won a game through the air. Indiana moved the ball all day gaining 417 yards and 26 first downs but Hoosier quarterback Cameron Coffman threw 2 costly interceptions and Indiana failed to convert a 4th down try that would have put Navy away.

Navy's only lead other than the final score came midway through the 3rd quarter when the Midshipmen scored on a 17 yard touchdown run to take a brief 21-20 lead. Indiana took the lead on a field goal at the end of the 3rd quarter and a touchdown run to start the 4th. Navy answered with 10 straight points of their own to take the final lead.

Next up: East Carolina (5-3)

Temple (3-3)

Lost to #15 Rutgers (7-0) 35-10

Temple went in to the half with a 10 - 0 shutout. Unfortunately for the Owls, the game is played for 60 minutes and once Rutgers started scoring they couldn't be stopped. Quarterback Gary Nova threw for 232 yards and 4 touchdowns and runningback Jawan Jamison rushed for 114 yards as the Scarlet Knights scored 35 unanswered points to turn a halftime deficit into a blowout win. Rutgers out gained Temple 371 yards to 191 and won almost every other category including turnovers (2-3). Considering Rutgers only had 110 total yards at half, the Scarlet Knights did some work in the second half.

Next up: Pitt (3-4)

Illinois (2-4)

Lost to Bye (it's entirely possible)

Next up: Indiana

Northwestern (6-1)

Lost to Nebraska (4-2) 29-28

A week after shutting Minnesota out of the endzone in the second half, Northwestern blew a 12-point 4th quarter lead. Taylor Martinez threw for 342 yards and 3 touchdowns, Ameer Abdullah ran for 101 yards, and Quincy Enunwa added 110 yards receiving. Wildcat Venric Mark led Northwestern with 118 yards rushing, including an 80-yard touchdown and Trevor Siemian threw for two touchdowns but was just 15 of 35 for 116 yards. Nebraska outgained NU 543 to 301 in total yards including Martinez's 342 through the air. The Cornhuskers won despite giving up 3 turnovers and converting only 3 of their 14 third downs.

Next up: Iowa (4-3)

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