Observations on a 20-0 victory over
1-Wow! Walker is phenomenal; 9 catches for 85 yards
and 1 TD! Bellamy did catch a wide open TD pass, and his speed
showed; it is great to see his knee or ankle problem has healed.
Bell didn't get involved enough. Edwards, Combs and Butler are
still non-factors here, but good backups.
2-Navarre was 17 of 31 for 246 yards, 2 TDs, 0 picks.
We were 9 of 21 on 3rd down efficiency and zero for one 4th down
efficiency. 81 plays for 410 yards (5.1 per play). Time of possession
favored us by over 7 minutes. We had 21 first downs to Penn State's
3-The loss of Julius Curry really hurt us today. On
defense, it hurt us with some long passes and those solid hits
he puts on. On punts, it really hurt us. Hope he is back soon.
Drake replaced him and did a decent job; he is also a hard hitter.
June did his usual fine job including one pick; Jackson also had
4-Our defense is again solid! We pitched a shut out!
We had 4 sacks. Of course, the Lions are probably the worst offense
in the Big Ten. Still, Rumishek had a solid game (3 sacks) along
with Hobson (9 solos). Best thing so far is that Penn State couldn't
establish any running game. 26 rushes for 25 yards. Kudos to Herrmann
& company! Penn State was 4 of 15 in 3rd down situations and
zero for one in 4th down.
5-LeSueur looked terrible during some plays! He gets
beat often. He did have 5 tackles tough. I'd like to see Jackson
and Howard at the corners. LeSueur may be better in the nickel
role and/or coming from the bench. Markus Curry, LeSueur and Brandon
Williams are back-ups to Jackson and Howard on my depth chart.
6-B.J. Askew had 122 yards on 27 carries; he looks
solid. He also had 4 catches for 56 yards; 178 yards total. Walker
adds 85 yards. Askew and Walker accounted for 263 of our 410 yards.
It is good to see Perry finally back, and Underwood looked good.
Did Underwood come in before Cross?
7-Our offensive line doesn't look very good. We were
sacked 3 times. Solomon got hurt, and Morgan replaced him for
much of the game. 48 rushes for 147 yards isn't very good. In
five games, our offensive line hasn't yet achieved a 200 yard
rushing game. Teams like Michigan State and Ohio State will further
expose our weakness here. When we are up against stellar defenses
with blitz packages, we will have a hard time protecting Navarre
as well as running enough to keep our passing game effective.
8-Epstein has 6 punts for 40.2 yard average, and is
2 of 3 field goals. Good but could be better. He is hardly the
All-American kicker we expected. I would really be nervous if
the Michigan State or Ohio State games came down to a field goal
with Epstein kicking.
9-Shamar Finney was all over the place for the Lions
with 8 tackles, 4 for a loss including 2 sacks. Isn't he from
10-I applaud Carr for his fake field goal call; it
was only inches shy. Only one penalty with two minutes to go in
the game; good team discipline and composure. I also applaud Carr
& Company for the respectful game plan in beating Penn State
in a truly respectful way (if there is such a thing). I don't
think we'd have treated Illinois the same way given a similar
situation. Now, we are the only team to defeat Penn State five
years in a row.
11-Evan Coleman played in his first game today this
season along with Andy Mingery. He must be out of the "doghouse"
although Carr said he doesn't have a doghouse.