Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Blue White Roundtable: Week of Iowa

Mike from BSD brings us the questions this week. The usuals suspects of RUTS, TNL, WWN, and the Nittany Notebook bring us better responses than my meager efforts. On to the questions!
1. Besides the fact that we're 3-2, what has been the biggest disappointment this year?

Austin Scott. We all knew that Morelli was capable of turning the ball over and missing reads but what nobody expected was the incredibly sloppy play from Scott. We had seen Scott play extremely well in the 2006 Orange Bowl and all the reports were that he had rededicated himself and was ready for a break-out season. This could not have been further from the truth as he has developed quite the penchant for fumbling.
2. After the Michigan game the play calling was under heavy scrutiny against Illinois. Late in the third quarter with Penn State trailing by seven points, the Nittany Lions had a third and goal from the one yard line. They elected to pitch the ball to Rodney Kinlaw over left tackle and the play lost two yards. Then on fourth and goal from the three they elected to kick a field goal. How would you evaluate the play calling on these two plays?

I'm glad we aren't getting too specific with the questions, nice and broad, that's how I Like 'em! I have no problem with the pitch. Kinlaw is the faster of the two backs and given Scott's inability to hold onto the ball this year I think it was a good decision. Similarly, I have no problem kicking a field goal on fourth down. You gain points and you still have a quarter left to play.
3. Is there anything positive we can take out of the Illinois game?

Yes. There has to be. It might be reaching but PSU moved the ball very effectively against Illinois, but we just couldn't put the ball in the endzone. The Lions gained over 400 yds on offense and controlled the ball for over 33 minutes. This is all positive offensive news. It is, of course, off-set by the number of turnovers but when not turning the ball over the offense looked good. (Wow, I didn't even believe all that).
Lightning Round
Who should be the starting quarterback against Iowa?
Whoever can get the ball in the goddamn endzone!
Joe Must Go! Yes or No?

No. Joe has earned the right to stay as long as he wants. People wanted him to leave after the 2004 season and he delighted us with 2005. You don't fire a legend.
Iowa Prediction?
PSU: 24
Iowa: 20


1 comment:

Andy said...

Yeah, what is up with us not being able to score a damn TD on offense? We had a couple shots in the Michigan game too. I can't hypothesize how the Red Zone is any different to move the ball in that the rest of the field. What's your take hossman?