1 down…A bunch more to go
Penn State won easily in a well played first half scoring 31 points. The defensive front seven looked solid and the offense looked at least as good as anybodies in the Big Ten. Looking back on the game there are a few things worth noting, writing this post now will keep me distracted from listening to Mark May sound like…Mark May. Anyway, back to the game, the Great, the Less Great, and the Room For Improvement.
The Great– Daryll Clark passed for 353 yards and 3TDs (29/40). All in all the wideouts looked good, sometimes the timing wasn’t quite on, but that is to be expected. If I had to grade the Pass I’d give it a A-. I’ll give it an A when there are less dropped balls and better timing. They played well as a unit but they can get better.
The Less Great-When it is early in the season it’s tough to define what is playing badly and players being rusty. I think today it’s more of the latter. The Offensive line needs some work, that really isn’t anything we didn’t already know. They have the workings of a solid unit, they just need some more time to work it out. One thing worth noting however is that even though they can improve, for the most part Clark had plenty of time to pass the ball.
Room For Improvement- This week, the “Less Great” sort of go together, but we’ll add special teams to the mix, a tipped kick, a missed kick make the kicking game the winner for this week. In low scoring Big Ten games kicks can mean the difference between a W and L. It’ll come together, but it needs to solidify quickly.
—–Handing out grades—-
Passing- A-, Almost 400 yards and 3TD’s passing equals a red letter day. Get the timing down and not dropping balls are the keys to getting the A+
Running- B-, Once the Offensive line gets it together it’ll be easier to tell, but the Lions still rushed for 136 yards, so that’s a solid outing.
Defense- A+,Akron only had 8 yards of offense in the first half. They loosened up a little bit in the second half but in part to the addition of second teamers to the squad. Secondary can always play better, but if the rest of the team can get a pass for the first game so can the secondary. In fact, considering Akron is known for it’s passing, they played rather well holding them under 160 yards of passing.
Special Teams-C+, You’ve got to make kicks, the fake punt, and the solid punting from Boone saves the grade for this group.
254=Yards Clark passed for in the first half. That’s a new school record
363=Total yards of offense for Ohio State, only 10 more yards than Darryl Clark’s passing total.
12=The number of receiver’s with atleast one catch for Penn State, 6 had two or more catches.
Quick stat of the Day-In the past 3 games Daryll Clark has passed for 967 yards & 9 TDs–as a team we’ve thrown for 1067 yards and 10 TDs.
Pursuit of Happyness Player of the Game- It’d be easy to pick Clark, but Im going with Nate Stupar, last year he blocked 3 punts, in the opener today when he finally got his time at Linebacker he made the most of it. 12 tackles and a sack. That’s somebody taking their chance and making the most of it.
Darryl Clark, Terrelle Pryor show– Seeing who really is the POY (Round 1)
Pryor–14/21 for 174 yards and 1 TD and 1 INT
Clark–29/40 for 353 yards and 3TDs and 1 INT
A little while back I posted a Bills fan’s Rap about Aaron Maybin. This is also one of those things that makes me wonder if the world is ending.Wow..just wow…this is from today’s game.
Wonder Boy was 14/21 for 174 yards 1TD 1 Rushing TD and 1INT
“Not everybody is a perfect person in the world. Everyone kills people, murders people, steals from you, steals from me, whatever. I just feel that people need to give him a chance. I always looked up to Mike Vick, and I always will. I still think he’s one of the best quarterbacks. I love Mike Vick. I look up to him a lot.”