Two Pathetic Passionless Performances...It's Time to Wake Up Penn State!

Isaac LuberSenior Analyst ISeptember 14, 2009

STATE COLLEGE, PA - SEPTEMBER 12: A member of the student's section sings a song during the second half of their game against the Syracuse Orangemen at Beaver Stadium  September 12, 2009 in State College, Pennsylvania. Penn State won 28-7. (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)

Here Penn State is, after two weeks, sitting at 2-0.  Seems impressive, right?  Well if you watched the games, you would think otherwise.

Against Akron, Penn State fell apart in the second half, did not score on offense, and gave Akron a touchdown.  This means that Akron, yes Akron, outscored Penn State 7-0 in the second half.  It was a 31-7 victory, but a poor second half performance and overall mediocre performance by the Nittany Lions.  They were unable to run and their secondary was awful.

Against Syracuse, Penn State never really ran away with the game.  Although never giving up control of the game, Penn State only managed to win 28-7.  During that game, Penn State was unable to run once again, and you could tell running back Evan Royster was getting frustrated because the offensive line was unable to open up any holes to the inside.

Royster did get some relief with a long receiving touchdown where he made some nice moves, and on an outside stretch play where he was able to run it into the endzone.  

Up 28-0, Penn State was hoping to hold the shutout, but the poor secondary of Penn State once again gave up a touchdown to end the shutout.

Against both these teams, Penn State was able to pass.  Even though both of these teams have awful secondaries, Penn State should still be able to pass this season thanks to quarterback Daryll Clark and good-handed receivers Moye and Zugg.

In both games, the Nittany Lions didn't really seem to care.  They seemed cocky, and knew both times that the game was in hand before it even started.  If they plan on winning games and going undefeated, they better start playing like every team can beat them.  If they act all cocky, it will come back to bite them.

The sideline reporter at the Syracuse game said that she was looking for Penn State to show some emotion on either side of the ball on the sidelines.  She said, however, that Penn State showed little emotion on the sidelines or the field, and that they weren't playing with any passion or emotion at all.  She stated that it seemed like they were just going through the motions and plays, rather than trying to make big plays and play hard. 

If Penn State hopes to win, they have to go hard every play, and have some passion and emotion in the games.  If not, they will lose games this season.


P.S: Hail to the Victors for beating those overrated Fighting Irish.Also, Ohio State you choked once again and are a disgrace.  

Finally, the Big 10, overall, is awful.


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