Oooooooppppsssssssyyyyyy - Jamie Sabau
A look back at the teams Penn State has already played.
#24 Ohio (7-1)
Lost to Miami (of the Ohio variety) (4-4) 20-23
Tyler Tettleton has been a dependable quarterback for Ohio throughout his career so you can't blame head coach Frank Solich for giving him another try when the Bobcats had the ball with 9 seconds left at the Miami 7-yard line down by 3 points. With 9 seconds a veteran quarterback should be able to get 1 play in and still leave time for the field goal. Unfortunately for Ohio, Tettleton forgot he was out of timeouts, got sacked, and the clock painfully ran out on the game and on the Bobcats undefeated season.
Statistically, the two teams combined for 888 yards which should tell you that defense was at a premium. Ohio's two-headed monster of Beau Blankenship and Ryan Boykin combined for 148 yards on the ground with a touchdown and Tettleton threw for 302 yards with no interceptions. Ohio jumped out to a 20-7 lead early in the second but Ohio scored three times (1 TD 2 FG's) to tie the game at 20. Miami then drove 41 yards to set up the 31-yard game-winning field goal before Ohio's last doomed drive.
Next up: Eastern Michigan (1-7)
Next up: North Carolina State (5-3)
Beat East Carolina (5-4)(56-28)
Don't look now but the Navy Midshipmen are on a roll winning 4 in a row. Don't let the score fool you either, this game wasn't even as close as the score would make it seem. Navy blew open a 14 point tie in the second quarter scoring 4 unanswered touchdowns to take a 42-14 lead and then hit cruise control.
Navy did it like they always do rushing for 512 yards on the ground amassing 563 yards total. Runningback Gee Gee Greene led the ground attack rushing for 131 yards and quarterback Keenan Reynolds did the rest, rushing for 3 touchdowns and tossing 2 more on just 3 completions. Efficiency!
Next up: Florida Atlantic (2-6)
Lost to Pitt (4-4) (47-17)
Pitt runningback Ray Graham rushed for 109 yards, 2 touchdowns and caught 4 passes for 71 yards and another touchdown as Pittsburgh rolled over the Owls. Quarterback Tino Sunseri was efficient, completing 20 of his 28 passes for 321 yards, 3 touchdowns and no interceptions. Pitt controlled the game building a 31-7 halftime lead that the defense made stick. Pitt out-gained Temple 528 total yards to 324. Not much more to say about this game, Temple got whipped and it doesn't get any easier next week.
Next up: #16 Louisville
Lost to Indiana(3-5) (31-17)
Illinois actually out-gained the Hoosiers 372 yards to 292 but lost the turnover and penalty battle. Indiana starting quarterback Cameron Coffman was benched for Nate Sudfeld who completed 10 of his 15 passes including 2 TD's. Indiana's offense has been the star of the show so far this season but the defense showed up Saturday. Illini quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase gave up a safety on a bad scramble, was sacked 7 times, and generally held in check. The Fighting [non-offensive mascots] had an early 2nd quarter 7 point lead but Indiana scored three times and their defense made it stick.
Next up: #8 Ohio State (9-0)
Beat Iowa (4-4) (28-17)
Wildcat runningback Venric Mark ran for 162 yards becoming Northwestern's first 1,000-yard rusher since Tyrell Sutton. NU quarterback Kain Colter one-upped Mark rushing for a near-identical 166 yards but he scored 3 touchdowns on the ground and added another through the air. Iowa running back Mark Weisman left the game in the second quarter with an injury and the Hawkeyes couldn't fine an answer. Quarterback James Vandenberg threw for 214 yards and rushed for 2 TD's but most of that was with Iowa playing catch-up. Northwestern jumped out to a 28-3, 3rd quarter lead and the defense did enough to hold on.
Next up: Bye
Lost to Northwestern(7-2) (28-17)
Next up: Indiana (3-5)
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