Again no surprises in Beaver Stadium as PSU takes down another cupcake team 28-7. In fact, Penn State should have scored more than 28, but at least it's a win. PSU at least scored in the second half unlike last week. Time to break it all down.
My Player of the Game: WR Graham Zug, 6 REC, 79 yards, TD, 13.2 yard AVG
Game Scoring Summary
The games first points started off big with Daryll Clark connecting with Evan Royster for a 49 yard TD pass. In the second quarter, Royster ran 12 yards for another TD to make it 14-0 PSU at the half.
Graham Zug caught a 20 yard TD pass from Daryll Clark to go up 21-0 with about seven minutes to go in the third. On to the fourth where Mickey Shuler caught a third TD pass from Daryll Clark to go up 28-0. Syracuse finally scored with a 16 yard Donte Davis reception for a TD with about four minutes left in the game. 28-7 would be the final score.
Player Breakdowns vs. Syracuse
QB Daryll Clark - 20/31, 240 yards, 3 TDs, INT
Clark looked very good again, but of course very untested as well. He really shouldn't be throwing any INTs against Syracuse. He seems to be on the right page with these new receivers, but like I said he hasn't been fully tested yet. Although the team is somewhat lacking, you can't blame much of it on Clark.
HB Evan Royster - 12 carries, 41 yards, TD
Royster is still not getting the holes from up front to go anywhere. The offensive line NEEDS to get in gear, because Royster can be a great back if used the right way. Stephfon Green looked OK, but nothing to brag about. What was most ridiculous is that Syracuse stopped Penn States running game three times when they were on the goal line...and it's SYRACUSE! Not good at all.
WR Graham Zug - 6 REC, 79 yards, TD
Zug had a college career high of 6 receptions and 79 yards on Saturday and played great. He made some very nice looking catches and the passing game is not a concern at all. But, passing a lot will put a lot of pressure on these inexperienced wide receivers. Zug looks ready to be tested in some conference play, we'll see how he does.
WR Derek Moye - 3 REC, 35 yards
Moye obviously didn't have as big a game as last week, but still did well in the passing game. It looked like Clark was targeting Zug a little more this week. Like I said about Zug, these young receivers look like they will be able to make an impact. He also looks about ready for conference play.
WR Chaz Powell - REC, 12 yards
Powell also didn't have as big a game as he did last week only getting a single reception. I think Clark was looking more towards Zug and Quarless, so Powell didn't have all that many chances. I think that Powell could use one more week to gear up for conference play, but the passing game is mostly ready.
TE Andrew Quarless - 4 REC, 35 yards
Quarless did more damage than he did last week, and looked like the guy to throw to for Clark for, short, grind-it-out gains. Quarless is a veteran who I think Clark can count on most of the time.
Defense - 200 yards allowed, 2 INTs
The defense once again looked great, and the only reason Syracuse scored was against the 2nd string defense. Obviously this defense has not yet been tested, but even when they are the only problems will be the secondary. That will be exploited, but the front should make up for it.
Thoughts from the Game
Well I think that they played worse than last week...not good. What scares me is that Penn State usually beats teams like Syracuse 55-7 rather than 28-7. I thought they would improve from a lack luster week 1, but they didn't. The Temple game will really show if they are ready or not.
JoePa called a little bit more running plays, but still kept passing more than running. But if they want to work out the running game kinks, they better run a little more. And this now brings up new concerns of mine which is what we will get to next.
So one of my concerns still remains the secondary which will stay a concern until they prove me wrong in a conference game. Collin Wagner didn't kick so I don't know if he improved any from last week which I doubt he did.
Now onto my new concern after week two. And that new concern is the offensive line. I guess you could say the whole running game in general, but it is mainly because of a poor offensive line.
They can't seem to open any holes for Royster or Green who are two explosive running backs that if used the right way will do huge amounts of damage. JoePa will NEED to work on that.
So on my closing thoughts, I will leave you with this. It is a very good thing that PSU doesn't play a big team on week three, because they would be DOOMED. They are going to need to work out more kinks on week three. Hopefully they can.
So remember to check out my week three preview article this Friday.