11 November 2006

Halftime: Penn State 31, Temple 0

On Penn State's first pass play, quarterback Anthony Morelli through an interception. Paul Posluszny caused a fumble on the next play and Tim Shaw recovered to give the ball right back to the offense. Morelli found Andrew Quarless over the middle (!) for 29 yards, and then Tony Hunt rumbled off the left side for a 22 yard touchdown. Left tackle Levi Brown and fullback Matt Hahn made nice blocks on the play.

After Temple failed to convert a 4th down punt fake, the Nittany Lions went right back to Hunt and he ran a draw for a 26 yard touchdown to give Penn State an early 14-0 lead. Fullback BranDon Snow led the way.

After another Temple three and out, Derrick Williams finally made the huge play Penn State fans have been waiting for all year. Fielding a punt over his right shoulder, he reversed to the left and ran 75 yards for his first career punt return for a touchdown. At 6:35 of the first quarter, Penn State already led 21-0. On the next Nittany Lion possession, Williams dropped a sure touchdown pass in the end zone.

Tony Hunt went off the left side for 40 more yards on the next drive, passing 100 rushing yards on the first play of the second quarter. Kevin Kelly followed with a short field goal to put the Nittany Lions up 24-0.

Tony Hunt has 13 carries for 149 yards and 3 touchdowns in the first half. Look for Rodney Kinlaw to get the majority of carries in the second half.

In addition to the normal crowd, the Nittany Lions are getting everyone involved: Terrell Golden, Rodney Kinlaw, Jordan Norwood, Brendan Perreta, Andrew Quarless.

Temple just does not have the talent to keep up with Penn State. They are being completely dominated on both sides of the ball as well as special teams. Temple's had only two first half first downs; the first came at 10:44 of the second quarter.

Penn State's only mistakes were the early interception and the failure to convert a second quarter fourth down.

The announcers don't seem very good! They made several first half references to "that guy" when it was obvious they didn't know who they were talking about. They also butchered the pronunciation of "Posluszny" several times. This just shows a failure to prepare on the part of the announcers. Unfortunately, this isn't the first time I've seen it this year.

This might be one of the first times all season I underestimated the amount of points the Nittany Lions would put on the board!

Temple gets the ball to start the second half.
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