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Penn State blanks Minnesota for Homecoming win

Submitted by on October 18, 2009 – 5:17 pmNo Comment

So much for Eric Decker. Penn State put on a defensive clinic for the crowd that braved the cold conditions Saturday holding the heralded wide out to a single catch for 48 yards. Unfortunately for Minnesota, the catch came when the game was all but decided.

Tom Bradley’s unit dominated from start to finish setting the tone early when Josh Hull intercepted an Adam Weber pass on their opening drive. The front four harassed Weber all game long and consistently stuffed Kevin Whaley to 11 yards rushing on 6 attempts. As a team, Minnesota was only able to muster 37 yards rushing in total and crossed midfield only once in the game. That drive eventually ended on downs when Navorro Bowman and AJ Wallace stuffed Kevin Whaley short of the end zone on fourth down ending the only real scoring threat from Minnesota.

All the talk prior to the game about Eric Decker now seems premature. Derek Moye turned out to be the real star receiver amassing 120 yards on 6 catches highlighted by a spectacular toe dragging 12 yard reception in the endzone. The referees originally ruled the play an incomplete pass, but video review confirmed the touchdown. It seems as if Joe Paterno was right about video reviews all along. Of the 4 plays reviewed by the booth Saturday, 3 were overturned. Even by Big Ten officiating standards, that’s pretty bad.

Daryll Clark seemed poised and accurate for most of the game completing 21 of 32 attempts for 287 yards and 1 TD well outplaying his counterpart Adam Weber who only completed 10 passes in 22 attempts for 101 yards and 1 INT. Although the front four only managed to sack Weber once, they consistently pressured him in the backfield clearly frustrating him.

Stunned and dazed in Beaver Stadium

Penn State offense stalled in the red zone for most of the first half kicking 2 field goals and missing a third before Daryll Clark and Evan Royster drove the offense 79 yards down the field ending in a Derek Moye touchdown reception with time expiring in the half. Heading into the second half, Penn State clearly wanted to keep the ball away from the Gopher’s offense. The offense chewed up a little under 8 minutes with a 13-play 85 yard touchdown drive with Clark scoring on his fourth quarterback sneak in 3 games. The score put Penn State up 20-0 ending any real threat of a homecoming disaster.

Penn State goes on the road next Saturday to Ann Arbor to face a much improved Wolverines squad (5-2, 1-2) and Minnesota continues their road trip to Columbus.

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