A quarter of the season is already in the books and the teams that Penn State has already played are a combined 7-4. Ohio is the tough team we thought they were but the Virginia loss looks worse every week. Of course the Cavaliers were taking on a TCU team that has won 11 straight dating back to last season so we can give them some slack.
So, how are the Midshipman doing anyway?
Beat VMI(1-3) 41-3
Navy quarterback Trey Miller lost two fumbles in the first quarter but it didn’t matter, the Midshipman ran all over the Virginia Military Academy for 510 yards with 403 coming on the ground. Miller ran for 116 yards and 3 touchdowns and teammate Noah Copeland ran for 126. Navy did have 7 penalties but blew VMI out of the water in 1st downs (27-13) and converted 5 of their 9 3rd downs. VMI drew first blood converting one of Miller’s fumbles into a 42 yard field goal but Navy scored the game’s final 41 points.
Next up San Jose State (3-1)
Beat Norfolk State 44-10
Ohio lost the services of starting quarterback Tyler Tettleton which would lead you to think that Saturday’s matchup with Norfolk State would be in jeopardy, right? WRONG! Backup QB Derrius Vick made his first career start and threw for 199 yards and 4 touchdowns in Tettleton’s absence. The Bobcats jumped out to a 24-0 first quarter lead and never looked back. They stretched that lead to 44-0 late in the 4th before Norfolk found the endzone with less than 5 minutes left for a garbage touchdown.
Running back Beau Blankenship complemented Vick nicely rushing 25 times for 109 yards and a TD. Ohio travels to take on 0-4 UMass Saturday and while Tettleton’s status for the game is still in question the outcome surly isn’t.
Next up: UMass (0-4)
Lost to #17 TCU (3-0) 27-7
Wide receiver Brandon Carter caught a one-handed 68 yard touchdown pass on the Horned Frogs opening possession and TCU never gave up the lead. Cavalier quarterback Michael Rocco had a forgetful day completing only 12 of his 28 passes including 2 interceptions. TCU signal caller Casey Pachall fared much better tossing 3 touchdowns and 305 yards through the air. Virginia lost the turnover battle 2-4 and was a dreadful 3 of 16 on third downs. The game was closer than the final score appeared, Virginia was able to move the ball, but they couldn’t take advantage of their opportunities. I think had Penn State played Virginia as the 4th game instead of the 2nd the outcome would have been significantly different. The Nittany Lions offense is getting more consistent every week, Virginia got PSU at the right time.
Next up Louisiana Tech (3-0)
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