After hitting DaeSean Hamilton for a 12 yard pickup in the 1st quarter, Hackenberg handed the ball off to 4th round running back Nick Scott. Scott found a giant hole off center and could have driven a pickup truck into the end zone. Penn State took a 7-0 lead on the extra point, and never surrendered it. "Big Toe" Joey Julius picked up a pair of field goals for 37 and 27 yards in the second and third quarters, respectively to make it 13-0, Penn State. Army kept fighting, and A.J. Schurr's only pass of the day found Edgar Allen Poe (yes, his real name) deep for a 32 yard gain. Back-to-back QB keepers put the Black Knights into the end zone and within a score of the lead at 13-7. Late in the third quarter, Hackenberg found Chris Godwin and Mike Gesicki back-to-back for 49 and 33 yards, touchdown Gesicki. Army once again responded with guts, scoring on their very next possession when A.J. Schurr took matters into his own hands and scampered 56 yards for a touchdown on the last scoring play of the game
Penn State: Passing: 10/19 for 156 yards, 1 TD (Christian Hackenberg)
Rushing: 34 rushes for 108 yards, 1 TD (Nick Scott: 12 for 24yards, 1 TD)
Receiving: 10 for 156, 1 TD (Chris Godwin: 4 for 66 yards)
Army: Passing: 1/1 for32 yards (A.J. Schurr)
Rushing: 55 rushes for 261 yards, 2 TDs (A.J. Schurr: 24 for 74 yards, 2 TD)
Receiving: 1 for 32 yards (Edgar Poe)
1. James Franklin either (a) Doesn’t read this blog or, (b) Simply ignores all my suggestions...
... which seems really rude. Either way, this coaching staff (not you, Bob Shoop-you are perfect) has Chip Kelly syndrome: The belief that system trumps talent. When John Donovan took the offensive coordinator position at Penn State, he described his offense as a pro-style offense and sold it thusly: “We're multiple, and we'll cater to our personnel. Get our best players on the field, and take advantage of what we have and what the defense gives us.” So far, that has not been the case. See, that quote would be a perfect description of Bill O'Brien's offensive scheme. He ran a complicated, pro-style offense with a passing attack catered to McGloin's strengths (coverage recognition, fast throwing motion, good accuracy on short and intermediate routes) and a strong running game. He called plays well in the game, adapted to the defense, and always found ways to get the ball to his most talented offensive player (Allen Robinson).
We're multiple, and we'll cater to our personnel. Get our best players on the field, and take advantage of what we have and what the defense gives us.
Penn State's offensive linemen deserve some credit for improving their play and putting in extra practice hours in an effort to keep their quarterback vertical. Hackenberg hasn't been taking much punishment lately except for that which he creates for himself (which he does too often). A lot of that has to do with all the short sideline passes, but surely some of it is honest improvement. However, our big boys up front are going to have to grow up quickly as the schedule starts to finally toughen up. Indiana has some big ol' boys up front, and if we struggle against 260 pound Army linemen in the rain, we don't stand a chance against a true Big Ten defensive line.
Barkley is the only player who seems to be living up to his potential so far this season. When he is in the game, John Donovan looks like a play calling genius. When he isn't, the offense looks exactly like it did last year - anemic. If Penn State has any hope of playing in a bowl game, it will because of Saquon Barkley and the ridiculously easy start to their schedule.
Check back later this week for a preview of the Indiana game!