BAMA: Game Review

Penn State's trip to No. 1-ranked Alabama played out as many expected, with the defending national champions defeating the Nittany Lions, 24-3.

Freshman quarterback Robert Bolden struggled versus a talented secondary, throwing two interceptions and missing countless targets throughout the night. He did, however, keep Penn State in the game throwing for 144 yards on 13 completions. Penn State's running efforts were fruitless as well, with running back Evan Royster gaining just 32 yards on nine carries.

The Nittany Lion defense played respectably but failed to contain Mark Ingram's backup, Trent Richardson, who rushed for 144 yards and one touchdown on 22 carries. Greg McElroy passed for 229 yards and two touchdowns, completing 16 of 24 passes.

Ultimately, Penn State did not embarrass themselves in Tuscaloosa, but failed to prove their critics wrong, displaying their youthfulness and inexperience throughout the evening.

Fourth Quarter

Richardson 1-yard-run for touchdown; play reviewed and upheld. 24-0, Alabama.

Bolden operates nice drive. Connects to Moye for an 18–yard gain on fourth-and-7 from Alabama 38. Interception dropped by Lester on next throw; Bolden had Zug open but pass sailed on him.

Wagner connects for 36-yard field goal. He is 4-4 on the season now; all kicks from 35+ yards.

Question: Why is Alabama mascot an elephant? The Crimson Tide and the Oakland Athletics---the two teams using an elephant as their mascot for no apparent reason.

Newsome warming up with 7:37 remaining in 4th quarter.

Silas Redd getting the majority of the carries here late in the game. Penn State playing to improve team, not win game. Hard to blame them?

Interesting how Newsome throws with right arm but carries the ball with left arm on running plays.

Alabama's Barron intercepts Justin Brown's (yes, Justin Brown) pass. It was a jump ball; poor throw.

THIRD QUARTER

Bolden intercepted by Lester again , was pressured by Stenson. Rookie mistakes may be not dooming Penn State, but they're certainly not helping; Alabama punts on next drive.

Brackett makes first catch halfway through 3rd quarter---not every week is Youngstown State Zug. Bolden then incomplete to Zug across the middle on third down. Great throw, dropped pass.

McElroy QB sneaks for the first down on a 4th-and-goal from Penn State 28-yard line. He then connects with Marquis Maze for 20-yard gain to end third quarter.

HALFTIME STATS

Bolden: 8/15, 67 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT
Royster, 6 carries, 14 yards, 0 TD
Moye, 2 rec., 51 yards, 0 TD

SECOND QUARTER

Penn State's first drive of the quarter is eventful as Bolden's pass is fumbled by Chaz Powell, recovered by Alabama's Robert Lester, he returns it to Penn State to 2-yard line where the Nittany Lions recover.

Penn State punts.

Alabama responds with a Jeremy Shelley 31-yard field goal. Penn state fumbles and goes three-and-out on next series. Alabama's Cade Foster then misses 44-yard field goal.

Halftime score: Alabama 17, Penn State 0

FIRST QUARTER

Here we go, Alabama-Penn St. College football at its best.

Alabama's first drive features backup RB Trent Richardson's 1st down. Missed tackles doom Penn State's defense. Finally, a punt is forced by Penn State defense.

On Penn State's first offensive drive, Devon Smith is featured but Bolden panics on first blitz. Penn State punts---three-and-out.

Julio Jones bobbles punt but gathers control in mid-air.

McElroy connects with Kevin Norwood 36-yard touchdown. Gerald Hodges misses tackle---was injured on illegal block on game's opening kickoff. Is he injured?

Ollie Ogbu hurt—comes out of game.

Penn State offense establishes nice drive. Royster rushes for first down, Smith and Moye follow with first down receptions. On third-and-8 from Alabama 20-yard line, Bolden is rushed and hit, throws ball up in air and is intercepted by Will Lowery at three-yard line.

Ninety-seven yard drive capped by McElroy touchdown throw to Preston Dial. (start of 2nd quarter)

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