16 September 2006

Penn State 37, Youngstown State 3

My prediction: Penn State 40, Youngstown State 7
Final score: Penn State 37, Youngstown State 3

Youngstown State opened the second half with a drive that finally took them into Penn State territory and ended with a FG. Rodney Kinlaw responded for Penn State immediately with a 45 yard kickoff return. Tony Hunt's 21-yard rush on Penn State's first play of the second half put him over 100 yards (he left the game with 146 yards on 18 carries and 1 TD). Finally, the offense went right down the field and scored.

On offense, Penn State amassed 561 total yards, including 381 on the ground (8.1 yards per play, including 10.3 yards per rush). The running game was strong as expected. However, Anthony Morelli was 13 for 28 for 156 yards, which was disappointing given the opposition. Despite a fumble, Daryll Clark looked good backing up Morelli. Clark was 3 for 4 for 24 yards, and a nice 18-yard TD run. It's easy to see how Clark is being compared to Michael Robinson.

Ed Johnson had three sacks for the defense (Penn State had 5 sacks total), which held the Penguins to 145 total yards and 2 INTs (Anthony Scirrotto and Lydell Sargeant).

How about fullback Matt Hahn? He's technically the backup (BranDon Snow is the starter, but has been in JoePa's doghouse for unknown reasons), but caught 3 passes for 33 yards (and was actually Penn State's leading receiver). It is very nice to have a fullback who can block and catch.

Kevin Suhey replaced Jason Ganter as the holder to mixed reviews: while there were no holding miscues, Kevin Kelly was only 3 of 6 on field goals.

It was good to see Penn State get some playing time for its backups, especially freshmen Maurice Evans, Jared Odrick, A.J. Wallace, Andrew Quarless and Chris Bell.

Still more mistakes to fix for next week. My early thoughts are that Penn State will have to play a nearly perfect game to beat Ohio State in Columbus.
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