Brown Notebook

Wednesday was the first time Corwin Brown had met the media as a defensive coordinator after a contest. In the 33-3 loss to Georgia Tech, Notre Dame did some positives on defense. The Irish held the Yellow Jackets to only one touchdown in five red zone appearances and forced quarterback Taylor Bennett to under a 50 percent completion rate. The bad: Tashard Choice and the running game.

The Georgia Tech back rumbled for 196 yards and two touchdowns. As a team, the Yellow Jackets piled up 265 total yards on the ground. Most of these yards came off the edges. Going into the contest, there was a concern that Pat Kuntz, a little undersized at nose tackle, would be physically overwhelmed as the game wore on. Kuntz played a solid game on Saturday but it was not "setting the edge" that killed Notre Dame outside the tackles.

"We, as a group, have to collectively get to where we need to be," Brown said about cutting down on the big plays on the edge of the defense. "We need to make sure we force the football where we want it to go so that the help can get there. I have to do a better job of helping our guys. Collectively, we'll get that straight."

Brown did not lump the blame on his players. Following head coach Charlie Weis' example, the defensive coordinator took the fall for the big rushing plays and the breakdowns.

"Mostly, that was my fault for putting them in crappy positions," Brown said. "It wasn't on the guys. I did a crappy job of getting them prepared for that. It wasn't up to par but it'll be rectified."

Now, it's on to Penn State. The defense will have to learn from the mistakes last weekend and try to correct them by the time the team arrives in Happy Valley. Brown wants his players to remember what happened against Georgia Tech, even in defeat.

"There are no bad experiences," Brown said. "There are only things you learn from. Whether they are good or bad, you have to learn and move on, win or lose. Bottom line is that you have to learn. Sometimes you learn a lot more when you lose. Because sometimes when you win, you still have things to work on and for whatever reason not to care of it. My focus and the team's focus is on Penn State."

The Nittany Lions bring a lot to the table offensively. Penn State is led by senior captain quarterback Anthony Morelli, who threw for 295 yards and three touchdowns in the 59-0 win over FIU. The Nittany Lions ran for 236 yards and threw for another 313 through the air. Morelli has a talented trio of wideouts in Derrick Williams, Deon Butler and Jordan Norwood. The running game is committee of three, with senior Austin Scott (2 TD's vs. FIU) possibly seeing the most carries.

"They are very good," Brown said. "I thought we played a pretty good quarterback last week. This guy probably better. They have great receivers. I remember the Scott kid when I was at Virginia. We recruited him. They're good."

***The 1982 Penn State team will be honored at halftime of Saturday's contest. The ‘82 Nittany Lions won the school's first national championship with a 27-23 Sugar Bowl victory over No. 1 Georgia. More than 50 members of the team will be in attendance to be part of the festivities.

***Notre Dame senior cornerback Leo Ferrine and Penn State wide receiver Jordan Norwood are cousins, fifth generation descendants of Tim and Easter Benton.

***Penn State is 48-11 in non-conference games since joining the Big Ten in 1993. That rounds out to a winning percentage of 81 percent.


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