Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Wisconsin game notes

Gee, you think I'm making up for not having a blog before? Really? Hadn't noticed.

Vinny from FO commented in the Seventh Day Adventure thread that he was surprised to see Penn State's D-line be that dominant. Vinny's a Michigan fan, so I can understand - I don't know what happened during the Michigan game. The rest of the year, though, they've looked dominant, although not this dominant.

It wasn't surprising to see Hali get so much mention through the day, as Calhoun isn't the same kind of runner that Maroney is. That being said, it's good to know that this year, just... don't bother running against Penn State. Can't run up the middle, Posluszny will stop you. Can't run to the sides, Hali and Rice will stop you. There's just too much speed and power on this defense. Incidentally, has anyone noticed that Penn State hasn't given up a run longer than 24 yards all year?

That's right - no one has broken a long run on the Penn State defense. Not Maroney, not Russell, not Calhoun, not Mike Hart. No one.

And Zemaitis continues to shine, with an absolutely beautiful baiting of Stocco to throw the interception in the end zone. Zemaitis literally hid behind another Wisconsin receiver/Penn State defender until Stocco started his throwing motion, at which point he bolted towards the open tight end, and snatched the ball out of the air with a beautiful catch.

I felt bad for Robinson's second interception. Bad luck on tipped balls this year. The first one was all his fault, misreading the coverage. Overall he looks like he's regressed a bit since the Michigan game, which was making me say "Who are you, and what have you done with Michael Robinson" but I think he'll be fine for the rest of the year.

So, Penn State's clearly in the driver's seat for the Big Ten. Still need to win at MSU to cleanly win it, though. Unfortunately for me, I'm traveling that weekend, so I'll have to follow it via crappy web play-by-play, and see the game later. What a year to be travelling at the end of the college football season.

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