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Champagne Gary Nova: Penn State 13, Rutgers 10

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It sure as hell wasn't pretty. But a win is a win, and Penn State is alone in first place in the Big Ten East. And also, I've been drinking.

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The lyrics to "Champagne Gary Nova", courtesy of our own Bill DiFilippo:

How much more of this can we take?

He’s really bad, for goodness sake.

He’s so bad, we really cannot lie.


He just cannot throw a ball.

Honestly I hate it all.

He’s so bad we really cannot lie.


NEVER WILL YOU FIND ME

NOT HATING THIS DAMN GUY

HE’S A CHAMPAGNE GARY NOVA, I DON’T LIE.

NEVER WILL YOU FIND ME

NOT HATING THIS DAMN GUY

HE’S A CHAMPAGNE GARY NOVA

CHAMPAGNE GARY NOVA, I DON’T LIE.


Wake up at dawn, and ask god "Why?

Is our QB this damn guy?"

He’s so bad, we really cannot lie.


Slowly drives us up the wall

Honestly, I hate it all.

He’s so bad we really cannot lie.


NEVER WILL YOU FIND ME

NOT HATING THIS DAMN GUY

HE’S A CHAMPAGNE GARY NOVA, I DON’T LIE.

NEVER WILL YOU FIND ME

NOT HATING THIS DAMN GUY

HE’S A CHAMPAGNE GARY NOVA

CHAMPAGNE GARY NOVA, I DON’T LIE.


Cuz we all believe

It has to get better than this guy.

But all of us, we wanna die

Cuz Gary Nova’s our ride or diiiiiiiiie.

Die. Die. Die. Die.

Going into tonight, Rutgers had the distinct advantage in terms of turnovers. That didn't matter tonight, as good friend of Black Shoe Diaries* Gary Nova threw five (5!!!!) interceptions to the freaking stellar Penn State defense, including the game-clincher to Ryan "I like to seal the game with an INT" Keiser.

Going into tonight, BTPR averaged almost 500 yards of offense. Tonight they got only 294. Going into tonight, Nova wasn't the wrecking ball of old, which some credit to new OC Ralph "Fridge" Friedgen; tonight, we got shades of old Nova, and it was glorious--including two back-to-back INTs.

The issue, of course, isn't our defense--holding Rutgers to only 102 yards on ground is pretty damn good. No, it's our offense, and ye old Stop Sign, Banana Peel, Scarecrow, etc, and the eleventy hundred sacks they allowed thoughout the night. It was only when they calmed down, started playing smart** that we started putting together scoring drives.

But of course, for this team this year, it seems to start and end on defense. This year's defense seems to harken back to Penn State defenses of old, and I for one couldn't be more excited. Our turnover differential after this week is much more respectable, and holy hell does Trevor Williams deserve to not have that big fat "OR" next to his name.

We'll have more to come about this game over the next day or so, including aural takes on #BTPR and in-game atmosphere in this week's #BlackShoePodcast, so, as always, stick with BSD for your coverage.

*yes, I made that up; no, despite his rugged handsomeness (not as handsome as Hack, you heathens), I have not met Gary Nova

**this also coincided with me getting home and starting drinking.Coincidence? I think not. Side note: I apologize for the lack of bad spelling and punctuation in this #drunj post. Apparently even when writing while inebriated, being a grammar Nazi is of utmost import. Who knew.

or I'm just not drunk enough. Give it time (there's always Ohio State).