NOTES: "I am disappointed"

EASTERN TIME ZONE games equal disaster.'s details the good (Jacquizz Rodgers) and the not so good (rushing defense, tackling, punting, etc.) in its comprehensive post game notebook.

Pregame Notes:

  • Penn State won the toss and deferred to the second half.
  • The announced attendance was 108,159 (the most ever to watch a Beaver football game).
  • OSU received $1.1 million, $800,000 by Penn State and the rest by ABC, to play in Happy Valley.
  • Weather: 74 degrees, Wind: E 5-10 mph, humid with showers.

Series Notes:

  • Penn State leads the series 1-0.

  • The Beavers are now 13-28 all time against Big 10 opponents while Penn State is 23-11 having defeated each team in the Pac-10 at least once.

  • The next Big 10 opponent the Beavers face is Wisconsin in 2011 at Wisconsin. OSU also has a home and home series with Minnesota starting in 2014.

  • OSU is now 2-1 in games in the Keystone state with wins over Temple (2002) and Villanova (1962) and of course the one loss to Penn State in 2008.

Offense Notes:

  • The offense generated 342 yards of total offense, 250 via the pass, 10.0 ypc, and 92 on the ground, 2.9 ypc, while holding onto the ball for 32:29.
  • The offense picked up 19 first downs, 7 via the run, 12 via the pass while converting 5 of 16 on third downs and converting 2 of 2 redzone opportunities.
  • Rushing: 6 attempts to left, 35 yards 5.8 ypc, 19 attempts up the middle for 56 yards, 2.9 ypc, two TDs, 5 attempts 16 yards, 3.2 ypc right side.

  • The offense converted just 1 of 4 fourth down opportunities.

  • The offense was just 2 of 8 on third downs in the first half.
  •  WR Sammie Stroughter led the team in yards with 56 on four catches averaging 14.0 yards per grab.

  • WR James Rodgers had a team and career high six catches for 44 yards. He also added three rushes for nine yards as the Nittany Lion defense did a superb job shutting down the fly sweep.

  • WR Shane Morales grabbed four passes for 40 yards.

  • WR Chris Johnson snagged the his first catches of 2008 snatching two for 31 yards for a team high 15.5 yards per catch.

  • WR Casey Kjos grabbed his first career receptions hauling in two catches for 15 yards.

  • TE John Reese added this second and third career receptions with two catches for 29 yards.

  • TE Brady Camp had one reception for seven yards.
  • RB Jacquizz Rodgers received his first career start and looked excellent carrying the ball 22 times for 99 yards (4.5 ypc) and two touchdowns. He also added his first collegiate catches grabbing three passes for nine yards.

    “I got the feel for the game last week, and today I was way more comfortable than last game,” Rodgers said. “I got my chance and I took advantage of it.”

    On his first career touchdown he weaved through the middle of the field, hit two Penn State defenders in at the five yard line and carried them into the end zone. Take a look at his first career touchdown at YouTube.

    “Guys might think I’ll go down easy without wrapping up, but I just run hard,” Rodgers said.

  • Of the Beavers two scoring drives Quizz accounted for 89 of the 153 yards.

  • RB Ryan McCants received just four carries getting eight yards and will most likely be bumped down to second string this week.

  • QB Lyle Moevao wasn't bad completing 24 of 42 for 250 yards, but had two interceptions and zero touchdowns.

    It is obvious that Riley does not trust Moevao's ability to go down field as he did not attempt a pass over 25 yards and completed just eight passes that covered 10-25 yards.
  • The offensive line gave up just two sacks, but right offensive tackle Mike Remmers got worked all game long as the PSU defensive ends kept getting the edge forcing Moevao to get rid of the ball early. This also played a factor in the Beavers not being able to throw down field.

  • OG Jeremy Perry did not make the trip as he recovers from knee surgery and will not play against Hawaii this weekend.

  • C Marcus Henderson made the trip and played after his month long bout with mono.

Defense Notes:

  • The defense gave up 454 yards of total offense, 215 via the pass, 15.4 ypc, and 239 on the ground, 6.3 ypc while PSU held the ball for 27:31.
  • The defense yielded 23 first downs, 10 via the run, 11 via the pass and 2 via penalty while PSU converted 8 of 13 on third downs and converting 6 of 7 redzone opportunities.
  • The defense gave up just one pass over 25 yards, their first of the year, and nine that covered 10-25 yards.
  • Here is how the rushing yards were gained against the Beavers:  Left: 12 attempts, 104 yards, 8.6 ypc, three TDs | Middle: 19 attempts, 63 yards, 3.3 ypc, one TD | Right: 7 attempts, 72 yards, 10.2 ypc.

  • Penn State converted 5 of 6 third downs in the first half, including third-and-10, third-and-nine and third-and-eight twice averaging 17.6 yards per conversion, and had 16 plays that covered 10 or more yards. The Nittany Lions scored on 5 of its 6 first half possessions.

  • The defense got little pressure on the Penn State quarterbacks as they did not record one sack. Several times two linebackers would blitz along with the four defensive lineman, but the PSU offensive line would pick it up giving the quarterbacks plenty of time to throw.

    Securing the ball carrier was another issue the defense struggled with. Just like at Stanford a defender would have the ball carrier stopped for a loss or small gain, but they would slip away picking up big yards. This issue is a problem with all players from the linebackers to the safeties to the defensive line.
  • S Al Afalava returned to the lineup, but the run defense still got shredded. He accounted for five tackles.

  • S Greg Laybourn led the team with nine tackles including one fumble recovery.

  • LB Dwight Roberson turned in another fine performance grabbing seven tackles and forcing two fumbles. He could take over starting duties from Keith Pankey shortly and will receive extra repititions in practice this week.

  • LB Keaton Kristick had five tackles, including a team high two for loss, but had trouble wrapping up the opposition once again.

  • CB Keenan Lewis had one of the best games of his career as he had three pass breakups while adding two tackles.

  • DT Stephen Paea recorded the first tackles of his OSU career tallying two stops, including one for a three yard loss.

Special Teams Notes:

  • P Johnny Hekker had a horrible day punting averaging 27.2 yards on five punts while deciding to run with the punt after being intimated by the PSU push.
  • KR James Rodgers averaged 24.0 yards on four kickoff returns and had 149 all-purpose yards.
  • KR Patrick Henderson returned his first career kickoff going for a season high 33 yards.
  • PR Sammie Stroughter fielded two punts averaging 8.5 yards per return.
  • Snapper Marcus Perry once again didn't snap any balls over the heads of anybody, but was not on target.

Miscellaneous Notes:

  • Oregon State still has one three of its last five road games, and four of six overall, against Top-25 competition.

  • The game took 3:10 to play.

  • With around 10 minutes left in the game, ESPN and ABC cut away from the game to air another football game.

  • OSU averaged 4.7 yards per play while PSU averaged 7.0 yards per play.

  • The Men in Black had seven penalties for 76 yards, Penn State had just two for 15 yards.

  • PSU's average field position in the third quarter was the OSU46.

  • The Beavers were down 28-0 before they even made it into Penn State territory.

  • Penn State had seven plays of 11 yards or longer in the first 15 minutes.

  • OSU's first five possessions ended in four plays or less.

  • In their last three games played in the Eastern time zone, the Beavers have lost by a cumulative score of 142-44, with a 63-27 defeat at Louisville and last season’s 34-3 loss at Cincinnati preceding Saturday’s game.

  • The Beavers have now lost 10 consecutive non league road games that were played before Oct. 1.

  • The crowd of 108,159 was the largest ever to watch OSU play, and the Beavers are winless in the 11 games they’ve played when the crowd was 80,000 or more.

  • The 45 points were the most scored against the Beavers since a 56-14 loss at Oregon in the 2005 finale.

  • Beaver Stadium is named for James A. Beaver, the man who secured funding to improve Penn State's first football field.

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