Inexcusable to kick before the half, especially after the penalty that would have moved the ball inside the 2. The expected value of going for it is above 3. I'd rather be down 14 knowing our coaching staff has game management awareness than be down 11 knowing we will continue to make suboptimal coaching decisions.
I appreciate your clarification on what you constitute as a drop and agree with your assessment based on your definition. I think you and I are going to have slight disagreements here and there on how each of us views what constitutes a drop, but I certainly appreciate the effort you put in to review tape and publish your findings.
Assuming we are all operating under the assumption that a drop is a failure to catch a ball that does not require extraordinary effort to catch, I think the drop count should be 2. The deep pass to KJ would have been a pretty acrobatic catch had he come down with it. He for some unknown reason jumps for the ball which was under thrown. While he is capable of making that catch, I think labeling that particular play a drop is harsh.
The percentage ends up being very misleading when you consider Trace had one of the highest rush attempts per game of any QB in the P5. Trace was functionally a running back on a lot of plays last year.
I don’t think there is a plausible scenario where we could play WVU in a NY6 bowl. We would likely have to displace them in order to make the NY6. The most plausible scenario is for WVU to lose their final two regular season games. Oklahoma would need to win the Big 12 which would cannibalize the rest of the Big 12 from the NY6.
That said I’d like to play UCF if we do sneak into NY6 or Florida if we do not.
Last week he called a timeout with 61 seconds to go in the half instead of letting the clock run under 25 before a punt. Mind numbing clock management. I said the same thing as you today, why didn’t he just let the quarter run out?
Castro Fields has looked very impressive this year, I think he's been the best corner on the team. If Reid ever gets healthy would he even start?
I too rewatched every pass of both games. I also identified 9 passes that could be construed as drops. I would even argue some of those 9 should not count as drops at least according to the definition of "a pass where a receiver should catch the ball with ordinary effort."
Moving article Matt. Very sorry for your loss.
"Penn State fans are dumb enough to show up for Temple"... And Pitt fans are smart enough to not show up to their home games at all.
Good point, I stand corrected. Hopefully Sandy can get creative and make it work with P5 home games in 2026 and 2027 and P5 away games in 2028 and 2030 or something to that affect. I know there were talks about Texas in 2030, which may complicate things. We will see how it shakes out.
I'm a fan of these games. I'd rather play Villanova and Delaware than the usual MACrifice, which these games essentially take the place of. I know a lot of Penn State fans from Eastern PA have ties to those schools so it will be cool to play them. Similarly, I like playing at the Linc against Temple every now and then. It's easier than hauling 3.5 hours to State College for a nooner.
They can still schedule a marquee P5 home and home. In 2026 we would play at home and 2027 we would play on the road to counter balance. I'm not too concerned.
One Saturday game. ONE. And it's against Rutgers. What a joke of a schedule.
Best regular season game I’ve seen in over 20 years of following Penn State basketball.
Loved the 8 Mile reference. Great pod!
Let's unpack the point about us being poor last year. We were 1-6 in one possession/OT regular season Big Ten games last season. If you are in the game for 39 minutes I think its fair to expect a normal distribution of wins and losses in those games. Under that assumption we were on the tail of the normal curve and had we been in the middle of that curve we would have finished 9th in the conference last season. Personally, my expectations had little to do with last year's results and a lot to do with the talent on the team. I've been watching Penn State hoops for going on 20 years and the talent level is commensurate with the 01, 09, and 11 teams. As a result my expectations were that we would have similar results with those teams. That's what made yesterday's loss so frustrating. We both agree about next year's team. I think they will have a great chance at the NCAA tournament.
Two words: TRIPLE OPTION. Trace with Tommy Stevens and Miles Sanders in the backfield. Jet sweeps on jet sweeps to Polk. Half back passes by the Stevemeister to Juwan Johnson and Justin Shorter. One more word: UNSTOPPABLE.
Remember how our white pants looked in the Mud Bowl against LSU? They are calling for rain in Columbus. What a nightmare it would be if by the second half its gray vs gray.
I think if you are allowed to use logic then the right call was made. But if you set the standard to be "indisputable video evidence," to me that implies there must be video of the tip of the ball touching the ground. I think you can infer that from the movement of the ball but I never saw a definitive angle that showed the ground causing the ball to move the way it did.
In addition to special teams, Wisniewski subbed in at left guard after Chance Warmack was ineffective. Wisniewski may have earned a starting spot for the Eagles at LG.
More of this. I've never been a big fan of the current end zones.
You mention Reggie Bush. That was probably the best individual performance by a running back since Bush's historic game against Fresno State where he amassed 523 all purpose yards. I think Saquon's body of work has surpassed Bush at this point which is the highest praise I can give as Bush was the best college player I've seen in my lifetime.
I really hope so. Juwan Johnson had 7 catches on the night, hopefully this is his breakout game. Trace threw his way four times on the final drive (3 catches). Perhaps he will emerge as the receiver Trace trusts.