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Former Foes: Week:13

Former Foes is a look back at the teams Penn State has already played

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Syracuse (5-6)

Lost to Pitt (6-5) 17-16

The bowl fate of Syracuse came down to a blocked extra point and a missed field goal. Hmmmm, that sounds oddly familiar. On the last play of the third quarter Pitt running back Isaac Bennett scored to give Pitt a 1-point lead.  Syracuse had the entire 4th quarter but couldn't answer.  Syracuse intercepted Pitt QB Tom Savage at midfield and got help from the Panthers on the ensuing drive when Pitt was flagged for a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty, but the Orange drive stalled and they missed a 41-yard field goal.  Syracuse had one more chance in the final minute when they lined up for a 53-yard field goal, but Pitt called the most timely of timeouts just as the ball was snapped because it was a fake.  With the benefit of surprise gone, Syracuse went for it and failed.  That 1-point margin was decided by Pitt star Aaron Donald who blocked a 'Cuse extra point.  Now Syracuse has to beat a solid 7-4 Boston College to get bowl eligible.

Next up: Boston College (7-4)

Eastern Michigan (2-9)

Lost to Bowling Green (8-3) 58-7

Another blow-out loss for Eastern Michigan and Bowling Green makes the 6th team to score over 50 points on the Eagles this season.  Do you want me to tell you how bad this game was?  Eastern totaled, TOTALED 65 yards of offense.  They had 4 yards of passing  and 4 first downs.  Just for good measure they had 3 turnovers.  Track season can't get here fast enough.  Let's just move on....

Next up: Central Michigan (5-6)

#18 UCF (8-1)

Beat Rutgers (5-5) 41-17

UCF moved 1 step closer to the AAC title with a dominating win over Rutgers last Thursday night.  Blake Bortles took control of the game completing 21 of his 30 passes for 335 yards, 1 touchdown through the air and 1 on the ground.  This game was over rather quickly as UCF jumped out to a 21-0 lead scoring 3 unanswered touchdowns before Rutgers scored.  UCF had 27 first downs, committed only 1 penalty, didn't turn the ball over, and had the ball for over 38 minutes.  That's how you dominate an opponent.  Now UCF has South Florida and SMU who combine for 7 wins.  Unless they have a titanic meltdown, they're in.

Next up: South Florida (2-8)

Kent State (4-8)

Beat Ohio (6-5)

Kent was holding on to a slim 17-13 lead at halftime but ran away with it in the second half holding Ohio scoreless.  The Golden Flashes QB Colin Reardon threw for 213 yards on 18 of 29 passing with 1 touchdown and no picks. Dri Archer had 138 yards on 15 carries and 3 touchdowns. But the play of the game for Kent was a 61-yard touchdown run on a fourth and 4 on their own 39.  Who do you give the ball to in that situation?  The running back? No. Quarterback boot let? Nope.  Wide receiver reverse? No way.  How about Defensive Lineman Nate Terhune...

That's what makes College football great, on any given Saturday you can see a 261 pound defensive lineman hurdling DB's on their way to the endzone.

Next up: Season Over

Indiana (4-7)

Lost to #3 Ohio State (11-0) 42-14

Braxton Miller ran for 144 yards and 2 touchdowns while tossing 2 more on just 11 completions.  Yeah efficiency! Carlos Hyde had 117 yards and 2 touchdowns of his own and became the first running back in Urban Meyer's 12 years of coaching to top 1,000 yards.  That's tough to believe.

Ohio State scored early and often taking a 28-0 lead into the half.  Indiana didn't score until the Buckeyes had a 42-0 lead with just under 6 minutes to play in the game.  Indiana did gain 442 total yards but scoring was tough for the Hoosiers.  Lucky for Indiana they finish with the worst team in the Big Ten.

Next up: Purdue (1-10)

Michigan (7-4)

Lost to Iowa (7-4)

Michigan had a 14-point lead at halftime, and blew it.  Hawkeye QB Jake Rudock threw a touchdown in the 3rd and running back Mark Weisman ran for one in the 4th to tie it up.  Then with 6 minutes left Mike Meyer booted a 34-yard field goal to take the lead and Michigan was held to just 45 yards while being shut out in the second half.  Rudock, who redeemed himself after throwing 3 interceptions in the first half, completed 19 of 30 for 239 yards and 2 touchdowns. Michigan was held to just 10 first downs as Iowa outgained the Wolverines 407 to 158.  That Ohio State game is starting to look more and more like a blowout.

Next up: #3 Ohio State (10-0

#3 Ohio State (11-0)

Beat Indiana (4-7) 42-14

Next up: Michigan (7-4)

Illinois (3-7)

Beat Purdue (1-10) 20-16

Purdue had no answer for Illinois wide receiver Steve Hull who caught a career-high 10 passes for 169 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Dr. Nathan Sheelhaase (ok, he's not a doctor but as long as he's been at Illinois he should be) completed 24 of his 30 passes for 257 yards and those 2 touchdowns to Hull.  He also threw 2 pics but we'll overlook that. Illini running back Josh "don't call me Turd" Ferguson rushed 20 times for 115 yards.

The game was tied at 14 at halftime but Illinois scored quickly to open up the second half and then later added two field goals in the 4th.  Illinois was able to overcome 4 turnovers, something you don't see too often.

Next up: Northwestern (4-7)

Minnesota (8-2)

Lost to #19 Wisconsin(9-2) 20-7

Wisconsin relied on a stout defense to beat Minnesota for the 10th straight time.  The Gophers were held to 185 yards, 11 first downs, 7 points, and committed 3 turnovers.  Badger running back James White rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown and that would have been enough; Minnesota's only touchdown was a 39 yard interception return.

There was almost a confrontation at the end of the game as the Badgers pretended to chop down one of the goal post but were met with some resistance when the tried for the other one.  There was some pushing and shoving but nothing more came of it.

Next up: #11 Michigan State (11-1)

Purdue (1-10)

Lost to Illinois (3-7)

Next up: Indiana (4-7)

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