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Looking ahead (finally) to Purdue
Much as all of Nittany Nation wants to continue to bask in the glow of last Saturday’s 24-21 upset of No. 2 Ohio State, Penn State’s focus must now shift to Saturday’s game against Purdue (3-4) in West Lafayette, Ind.
Sounds a lot like a potential trap game, even though the Boilermakers are last in the Big Ten in rushing offense (120.3), total defense (441.0), turnover margin (minus-8) and red-zone offense (15-for-23, 11 touchdowns) and next-to-last in rushing defense (249.0).
But there is reason for PSU to be concerned, Bob Flounders of Pennlive.com writes, not the least of which is that Purdue quarterback David Blough has thrown for a conference-leading 2,065 yards, as well as 14 touchdowns, albeit with 11 interceptions. Blough also leads the Big Ten in total offense (300.7).
Then there is wide receiver DeAngelo Yancey, who has accounted for 491 yards, seventh-most in the Big Ten, on his 28 receptions. He has five touchdown catches.
Flounders also makes an important point about PSU outside linebacker Brandon Bell, who because of a leg injury made his first appearance since the second week of the season against Ohio State and recorded a career-high 19 tackles and a sack to earn Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.
Bell played a lot of snaps and it will be interesting to see how he bounces back this week.
The same might be said of middle linebacker Jason Cabinda, who hadn’t played since the opener because of a hand injury. He had 12 stops and a sack against the Buckeyes.
Lettermen savor the victory
Coach James Franklin has often been taken to task on Twitter by former Penn State lettermen during some lackluster efforts on the part of the Lions the last two seasons, but as the Centre Daily Times’ John McGonigal writes, the script flipped in the wake of the stirring effort against OSU.
First there was wide receiver Matt Zanellato, who played from 2011-15:
“That win really does hold a lot of meaning for all the lettermen. For the lettermen it kind of solidified why we stayed, and why we fought so hard to keep the program together.”
Then there was former defensive end C.J. Olaniyan, who hearkened back to the 43-40 quadruple-overtime victory over Michigan in 2013, in which he played:
“I’ve seen them play like that before. I was just excited and really proud to be a Penn Stater.”
And finally there was former guard Miles Dieffenbach:
“That win is as big as it gets. There’s going to be tremendous momentum for the program going forward.”
Collegian editorial: Riots were shameful
Daily Collegian opinions editor Lauren Davis, who made headlines when she took Penn State’s administration to task for the decision to honor the late Joe Paterno during the Temple game, wrote an editorial Monday castigating those who wreaked havoc in the streets of State College following the Ohio State game:
When our downtown community, the place we call home, is destroyed by us after we’ve won, what are we saying? How can there be pride found in that?
And later, she references a line in the school’s alma mater, which has been sung with increased gusto in Beaver Stadium since the Jerry Sandusky child sexual-abuse scandal:
We cry that “may no act of ours bring shame” at the end of games, but then turn around and do just that: act shamefully. This shouldn’t be what it means to be a Penn Stater. We should not be brushing this off casually as “just what Penn State does.”