5 Postgame Thoughts: Penn State at Illinois

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minivanstan's picture

the defense may have clamped down in the 2nd half, but if they play like they did in the first half, ohio state might have 50 on the board before PSU can make those adjustments

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Craig Fitzgerald's Biggest Fan's picture

Good to be really curious who the main 11 guys are gonna be on defense against Ohio State. Maybe the front 4 still rotates a ton, but the other 7 need to be locked in from the start of the game, not from the second half. 

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Gmac14's picture

I agree with you on your first thought. The hockey rotations have to stop on defense. I understand getting guys playing time, but the defense has had no time to gel. Defense forces a punt the first series and then they bring in a new unit that gets torched the next. The second series (on the road in a big ten game) isn’t when you start making massive substitutions. 

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Dan Smith's picture

They're usually much more fragmented in rotating (i.e. a couple changes each series), but it seems that they had some early trouble responding to Illinois's tempo. The wholesale unit change (that first touchdown drive in which only two starters were on the field) is something kind of unprecedented for them. And they didn't go back to it, so I assume they realize it was a mistake.

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ForTheGlory's picture

Honestly, don't all you folks recognize a sandbag job when it is in front of you? The coaches are so sure of the offensive firepower this team has, they feel they can experiment with the defense. I haven't counted, but it seems when the first team defense is together there are a lot of 3 and outs, then the subs are rotated in and the difference between the squads is unequal and they get "some" points until we decide to put the pedal to the metal and race away.

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BlackKnight's picture

Looks like we all noticed the same thing.  If our defense plays anything like last night OSU will decimate it. No half-time fix will save us. 250 yds rushing to Illinois? Good God! about 450 yds overall!! What is going on?? On an individual note- Reid needs to be on the bench after his performance, let a youngster play and learn.

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Matt de Bear's picture

For what it's worth, Reid did sit, but when Johnson and then Castro-Fields got banged up, he came back in.

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DoubleLion0408's picture

A couple of things. Defense Adjustments didn't shut down the Illini attack nor did it shut down Appy State or Pitt. Illinois made a few key mistakes allowing us to take a multi-score lead early in the fourth forcing them to change their offense to stay in the game, just like the other two. Had the game stayed close, their running game likely would have remained effective. O-Line The line is no better than last year or the year before. The difference is Saquan Barkley is no longer in Happy Valley which has changed how defenses play us. Instead of constantly having to block 6 or 7 defenders with five linemen, they are only have to deal with 4 or 5 and now have help from the tight end position. That is the only difference and the reason why passing is down.

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blerms's picture

Hahaha good one, Doublelion. Love your continuous trolling. Keep it up.

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Dan Smith's picture

Penn State beat Pitt by 45 points (in awful conditions) and Illinois by 39 points, both on the road. Stating that this is the result of just a couple unforced errors is laughable. It's one thing to have a differing opinion than the majority of the fanbase. It's quite another to ignore what is happening and make things up to confirm your predetermined beliefs. This argument is purely the latter and nothing more.

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DoubleLion0408's picture

Love the personal attacks. Not surprising at all given the toxic nature of fan sites. Classy.
 

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Dan Smith's picture

It's not a personal attack. You've been commenting on this site from the beginning, and you only comment in an effort to attack Trace McSorley. This offense being not good because it was buoyed by Joe Moorhead and Saquon Barkley is a pivotal part of your premise.

I'm not one for predictions. I don't really value opinions. Too much of football is random for me to be invested in "being right" about things. So that's not what I'm concerned about when I write on here. I mostly write about roster management.

But your arguments are so disingenuous and made in bad faith for such nakedly obvious reasons, and this particular line was too absurd to be left on its own. Have they played great opponents? No. But they're showing a lot on offense, despite drops and mistakes, and they've absolutely smoked their last three opponents. Only someone purely motivated by wanting to smear this offense would look at what they've done through the lens of "this is a total fluke and their opponents let this happen."

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DoubleLion0408's picture

Get call out for a personal attack, respond with another. Typical.

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Dan Smith's picture

Again, it's not a personal attack to state that you try to paint McSorley as the downfall of this team. You have said so explicitly. The only thing you disagree with is me saying your arguments are incoherent. Which is your prerogative, but it's not a personal attack to say you are bringing bad arguments clouded by your motivations.

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DoubleLion0408's picture

Point proven.

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thekmosh's picture

Does anyone happen to know what Miles Sanders' average yards after contact is? It feels like he's dragging defenders 3-5 yards every time he gets the ball. It reminds me of Zack Zwinak, but better in every way.

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