Beat Tulane, 49-10
With each passing week, Penn State's loss to Temple looks a little better. Sure, Tulane isn't exactly a great opponent, but the Owls dominated every facet of the game. Instead of typing, here's the stats page from ESPN. Pay special attention to the amount of rushing yards that Tulane had:
They had the same number of first downs as they did rushing yards! Good lord, Temple's defense is unreal.
Up Next: UCF (0-6)
The Bulls got to spend their weekend watching through season one of Review.
Up Next: @ Central Michigan (2-4)
Lost to Sparty, 31-24
Yes, the game ended with Rutgers spiking the ball on fourth down, but prior to that, the Scarlet Knights gave the Spartans all they could handle. Chris Laviano threw the ball for 208 yards and three touchdowns, while its group of talented running backs led the way on the ground with 32 carries for 141 yards. The biggest story, though, was the return of wide receiver Leonte Carroo, who had an insane game: seven catches, 134 yards, three scores. However, Rutgers shot itself in the foot several times, namely with its inability to convert on third downs – the Scarlet Knights went 3-for-12 on third down conversion attempts.
Up Next: @ Indiana (4-2)
San Diego State (3-3)
Beat Hawaii, 28-14
Donnell Pumphrey showed why people had such high expectations for him heading into this season, as he ran all over the Rainbow Warriors' defense. Pumphrey was given the ball 30 times and ran for 148 yards and three touchdowns. Signal caller Maxwell Smith had a nice enough game by going 11-for-15 with a touchdown and 184 yards, while the Aztecs' defense made life tough for Hawaii QB and USC transfer Max Wittek, who went 14-for-34 with 179 yards, no touchdowns and two INTs. It's the second game in a row and third time this year where Wittek threw no touchdowns and two interceptions. Remember Colt Brennan? He was a good quarterback.
Up Next: @ San Jose State (3-3)
Lost to Duke, 44-3
Everyone knows the triple option is hard to stop, but it becomes much easier to slow down once you've faced it and know what to expect. That's exactly what happened in Army's game against Duke, as the Black Knights only ran the ball for 113 yards on 49 carries. Army also turned the ball over three times and got outgained by the Blue Devils, which played the best triple option team in the country in Georgia Tech two weeks prior, 458-168.
Up Next: Bucknell (3-2)
Because I use this space to talk about whatever, I would like to briefly mention that five straight home games for Penn State was the woooooooorst. Because I live in State College, I have the expectation that I'm going to, like, go out on weekends and pour large quantities of drinks down my throat and be out until 3:30 a.m. (which especially sucks because I work on Saturday mornings at 8:45, which is fine except for the whole "violent headache" thing). The thought of going to bed this Friday at, like, 11:30 is outstanding. This must be what getting old is. I kinda like it.