KSU: The High Five

Get a review of the highs and lows from Penn State football's 24-0 shutout of the Golden Flashes in Beaver Stadium on Saturday.

Saturday saw the Nittany Lions get back on track with a 24-0 shutout of Kent State. The victory had it's highs and lows. Get a review of them here:


Moye Fantastico: Derek Moye ended the day with four receptions for 87 yards and is clearly becoming a favorite target for Rob Bolden. In fact each of them had career longs on a 55-yard strike in the first half. Moye is fast and aggressive and made some clutch catches, particularly the two-toe sideline grab.

Green Mean Go: Stephfon Green dug deep and fought for yardage after Penn State's early ground-game struggles. He led PSU runners with 11 carries for 59 yards (5.4 YPC).

In A Corner: PSU's cornerbacks Stephon Morris and D'Anton Lynn provided a spark to the defense. Both made big plays and gave the entire defense an example to learn from.

Bolden Experience: Sure, he tossed two picks, but Rob Bolden ended the day going 17 for 27 for 217 yards and one touchdown. He also showed that he's multi-dimensional, rushing four times for 33 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown sneak. He also hit 10 different receivers, spreading around the ball.

Call It: There were some weak play-calling moments, like the reverse that got blown up, but it is good to see the PU staff with some roll-outs, play-action and slants to create opportunities for Bolden; something there should have been more of in Tuscaloosa.


Kick It: Anthony Fera had some big kickoffs. He still needs to work on his punting consistency, but special teams is still showing improvement over last season.


Turnovers: The lions had three straight turnovers midway through the game. The good news is that the defense managed to turn away KSU on each, however PSU has to protect the ball better as they get into the Big ten schedule.

Running On Empty: For whatever reason the PSU coaches all but gave up on the running game until the fourth quarter. Evan Royster struggled again, and though he had some hard-fought efforts he looked flat-footed. Only until Stephfon Green came in and started breaking tackles and picking up first downs did the running game show any life. However, Green still on only had 59 yards on 11 carries, while Royster managed only 38 on 11 runs.

D-flated: Sure the shutout would relay that the defense played impressively, and Tom Bradley's buys had their moments, however they should also send Kent State QB Spencer Keith a fruit basket for consistently overshooting his open targets. The front four struggled again to get pressure on the pocket and the linebackers and safeties showed moments of struggle, which has much of the Nittany Nation scratching their heads.

Electric Slide: If there is one thing Rob Bolden has to learn it's to protect himself. I love the heart and spirit he shows on runs and delivering hits, however he needs to protect himself. There is no shame in sliding or stepping out of bounds. He's too valuable to let his pride sacrifice his health.

Have a Seat: It's unfortunate to see a relatively weak crowd, particularly with the student section. With amazing weather and a finite amount of games you can attend as a student it's a shame to see so many empty benches. Kirk Herbstreit may want to rethink the "Herbie" Award he keeps giving to the PSU student section as tops in the nation. It's easy to just show up for big time primetime games. Tip o the hat to the students who show up for every game to support their squad.


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