I thought this blog had some room for a post about a winning team, so let's talk about Penn State's dominance over the Golden Gophers last weekend.
Bobby Bolden started 11-13 before being knocked out of the game with a supposed concussion. No one from the coaching staff has come out and said that he has one, but he does. Newsome had a hurt knee so it was Matt McGloin who got the call and put in a decent game.
Evan Royster and Silas Redd ran hard and combined for 133 yards while Redd averaged 8 yards/carry. He's going to be a better running back than Royster and at this rate he's got a chance to beat Royster's soon to be rushing record.
Derek Moye made McGloin look good by hauling in two touchdown passes. McGloin might look good again next week going against a weak Michigan defense.
Our pass defense still looked bad. We're bear-hugging receivers a second after they catch the ball and get the first down. It's not a situation that looks like it's going to resolve itself anytime soon. We are playing the same scheme we always play, and in years past the team speed has been there while this year it is not.
We beat a 1-5 Minnesota team without a head coach by 12 points. This doesn't bode well for the rest of our season. I just don't believe this team's problems will be solved, I think this team's problems will graduate.
We have Michigan next week and my opponent has told me numerous times they are a one man show. Everyone knows that. I don't think it matters though. I do not have confidence that we can stop him. D'Anton Lynn and Stephon Morris are the only starters on our defense that could tackle him in any kind of space. I think we're in serious trouble this Saturday and I think Robinson is looking at 200 yards rushing.
Offensively I think we will be fine. I have a feeling Bolden will play, and I think he'll thrive under the lights at home. The offensive line built up some confidence last week against an inferior opponent and lucky for them, they play another one this week so I think the success will continue.
I realize this post has been overwhelmingly negative, but this game has blowout written all over it. We've never dealt well with running quarterbacks, as shown by Scheelhause three weeks ago, and now we face the quickest running QB we'll see all year. The only way I see us winning this game is by not respecting the passing attack of the Wolverines. I'm talking sell out on the run on every 1st down, and even leaving Astorino, yes Astorino, on an island against Michigan receivers. I can't bear to watch us sit back in a base 4-3 every play and watch Rich Rod gash us for 7 yards a carry.
Here's to loyalty:
Penn State: 35