The game itself was pretty good. It was a game of two halves. The first half was a defensive game (or an offensive struggle). The second half was the complete opposite with most of the offensive production taking place in the second half.
Penn St WR Allen Robinson who sat out the first half of the game for reasons Penn State Coach Bill O’Brien wouldn’t comment on, was the player of the game finishing with seven receptions for 133 YDS and a TD. Robinson, by far, was the best player on the field.
A year ago this weekend I wrote the same story for the Penn St Ohio game which Penn St lost mostly, in part, to three missed FG’s by K Sam Ficken. Ficken redeemed himself Saturday making all three FG’s (36, 35 and 46 YDS) attempted. It’s good to see he has his confidence back.
Both teams couldn’t get the running game going at all. Penn St finished with 57 rushing YDS on 38 attempts. Syracuse fared no better finishing with 71 rushing yards on 37 attempts. You can credit both defenses for coming out ready to play but if you watched the game you know it was the ineptness of both the running games which resulted in the poor outing for both teams.
Syracuse QB Drew Allen had a pretty bad day going 16 for 37 for 189 YDS and two INT’s. Allen simply could not make the big play when he had to.
Both teams were horrible on third down. Penn State converted only one of sixteen third down conversions while Syracuse converted six out of twenty. Both offenses have a long way to go this season as demonstrated on the field Saturday.