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Two Things I Liked, Two Things I Didn’t Like: Idaho Edition

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Takeaways from a mostly meaningless game.

Idaho v Penn State Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

I LIKED...

1. SEAN CLIFFORD’S SNEAKY ATHLETICISM

All offseason, people have been hyping up Clifford’s athleticism, saying he’s more athletic than one would expect. Sure, he wasn’t going to be able to run like Trace McSorley or Tommy Stevens, but that he would offer at least something in the run game. I was rather skeptical of that. Granted I didn’t think he’d be a Hack-or-Morelli-esque statue, but I was not expecting many — if any at all — rushing yards from Cliff this year.

As it turns out, Clifford does have some wheels. Yes, it was against an Idaho defense that absolutely stunk, but 57 yards rushing is pretty encouraging. I still don’t think we’ll be seeing many more 30+ rushing yard games from Clifford, but he is definitely a better athlete than I expected.

Just please learn how to slide, Cliff.

2. SCORING 10 TOUCHDOWNS

I have never seen Penn State score 10 touchdowns in one game, but after experiencing it yesterday, I can confirm it is in fact good. Some would think, “Patrick, doesn’t it become tiresome seeing your team score touchdown after touchdown,” and to that I would answer, “No.” I would even go as far to say that I would like to see Penn State score 10 touchdowns in one game again this season. That is how much fun it is.

I DIDN’T LIKE...

1. HOW MUCH IDAHO SUCKED

The 2019 Idaho Vandals were the worst football team Penn State has played in a long, long time. Like I said above, I clearly enjoyed scoring copious amounts of touchdowns, but it is tough to takeaway much of anything from Saturday’s affair. I know Penn State scheduled Idaho when they were still an FBS school, but that was a program that shouldn’t have been on the field with the Nittany Lions.

2. HOW EXHAUSTED THE KICKOFF TEAM WAS FROM RUNNING DOWN THE FIELD AFTER TOUCHDOWNS

As much as I enjoyed the touchdowns, Penn State’s kickoff unit must have been exhausted from having to sprint down the field 13 times yesterday. Fortunately, they had very little contact during those runs because Jordan Stout can absolutely bomb a football.