Penn State Football 2009: Week Three Recap
Again, no surprises in Happy Valley.
Penn State was able to put up 31 on Temple and take a 31-6 victory. I still feel we could have scored more, but the running game greatly improved, as I was stressing after seeing the Akron and Syracuse games.
Time to break it all down.
My Player of the Game
HB Evan Royster
19 carries, 134 yards, TD, 7.1 YPC
Game Scoring Summary
Penn State completes TD pass from Clark to TE Mickey Shuler. But Temple would make a FG to make the score only 7-3 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, PSU saw more ball-control.
With a seven yard TD run by Royster and a Derek Moye TD reception, PSU was up 21-3 by the half.
The second half was really no different.
Temple made another FG in the third and so did PSU to make it 24-6 at the end of the third.
PSU would score one last TD in the fourth which was a Stephfon Green TD run to make it 31-6 with 11 minutes to go in the half, which would be the final score.
Player Breakdowns vs. Temple
QB Daryll Clark—16/26, 167 Yards, 2 TDs, INT
Clark again looked good, but not as good as the last two weeks. I think that he is ready for conference play and looks to me like he will shape up to be a great leader.
He has thrown one INT every game so far this year. This worries me against a weak secondary like Akron, Syracuse, and Temple...but he will be fine.
HB Evan Royster—19 Carries, 134 Yards, TD
Royster finally looked like himself against Temple. The offensive line was finally able to open up some nice holes to run through for Royster.
Hopefully this can continue into the game against Iowa.
They will need it considering all the problems Iowa has given them in the past. A 7.1 average means he was very efficient, but Temple has a weak defense, we will see how they do against Iowa.
WR Graham Zug—REC, 12 Yards
Zug not nearly as big a game as last week with only one reception. It looked like the running game was more utilized though, so not a huge surprise there. Zug still looks fine, although he did have some passes in his range that might have been catchable. Nonetheless, he looks ready for conference play.
Derek Moye—4 REC, 31 Yards, TD
Moye looked like he did against Akron in week one, with some very nice catches. He also had a nice TD reception.
Moye is a youngster and we will have to wait and see how he does against conference play with a real test coming up against Iowa. I think that Moye looks good and ready for conference play.
Chaz Powell—4 REC, 40 Yards
Powell also looked very good, and it looks like he is also ready for conference play. Maybe not as much as the other two, but ready enough. Although I can't say that for sure until I see him play Saturday night. Look for some nice speed from Powell once again.
TE Andrew Quarless—3 REC, 45 Yards, TD
Quarless became a big target for Clark on Saturday, and one went for a TD.
Quarless is a veteran who looks great and ready for some conference play. He did have a rep. for dropping the ball sometimes, but I think he has worked that out. He will rise up as a leader for this team in my opinion.
Defense—251 Yards Allowed, Forced Fumble, 6 Points Allowed
The defense didn't look quite as good as last week, but only by about 50 yards. The defense, other than the secondary, looks fine for conference play...but like I said, the secondary could use some more work.
Hopefully it won't be too big an issue, and the front seven can take care of business while the young secondary does as best they can.
Thoughts from the Game
Penn State played better than last week, but not quite as good on defense. One big thing about PSU this year is that they will not be blowing out teams like Michigan State and Wisconsin like they did last year.
Without the triple threat, that won't happen.
I think JoePa went about 50-50 on the passing to rushing ratio.
And the running game really picked up. That was a big question going into week three for PSU, and they looked to have solved the problem.
Of course a concern that will stick around is the secondary. They go a little better, but I don't think that they are quite ready for conference play.
If AJ Wallace can lead that young group, maybe something will change. Plus, the front seven will take enormous amounts of pressure off.
My concern of the offensive line from last week has diminished, but it is still there a tiny bit. They have to prove themselves once again for me to be convinced. I think they can keep it up.
The kicker concern I had from week one is still there a little, but I don't have quite as big a problem now. He will have to work some more.
If the Iowa game would come down to a FG (which I hope not), he will NEED to make it.
On my closing thoughts, I will leave you with this: Penn State is going to need to focus on their offensive line and secondary to be successful against Iowa.
I think that on paper Penn State should take care of business...but we all know Iowa.
Also, remember to check out the preview for Iowa this Friday.
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