QB Tourney Enters Quarters

Round one of Fight On State's Joe Paterno Era Quarterback Tournament is complete, and, as the field was trimmed from 16 to eight, only one lower seed prevailed: No. 9 Tom Shuman dispatched No. 8 Kevin Thompson and will now try to fill the role of giant-killer vs. No. 1 Kerry Collins.

Surprisingly, Collins did not have the most lopsided victory in round one, as Rashard Casey scrambled to eat up six percent of the vote. The most powerful showing was by No. 3 seed Todd Blackledge, who whipped Doug Strang (97.2 percent to 2.8 percent). Blackledge now tangles with John Shaffer in the quarterfinals in a matchup between the only two QBs to bring national titles to Happy Valley.

We will continue to post one epic showdown on our Audibles Message Board each day (or so) until we determine, once and for all, the Greatest Quarterback of the Joe Paterno Era. The QB who wins the tournament will receive a copy of the 2005 Preseason Football Issue of Fight On State The Magazine (a $4.95 value!) in which this competition was unveiled, as well the people's ovation and fame forever.

The quarters start with No. 2 seed Chuck Fusina bumping heads with always dangerous No. 7 Wally Richardson.


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No. 1 Kerry Collins (94 percent) over No. 16 Rashard Casey (6 percent).

No. 9 Tom Shuman (64.8 percent) over No. 8 Kevin Thompson (35.2 percent).

No. 5 John Hufnagel (64.5 percent) over No 12 Zack Mills (35.5 precent).

No. 4 Tony Sacca (84.2 percent) over No. 13 Tom Sherman (35.2 percent).

No. 6 John Shaffer (61.3 percent) over No. 11 Chuck Burkhart (38.7 percent).

No. 3 Todd Blackledge (97.2 percent) over No. 14 Doug Strang (2.8 percent).

No. 7 Wally Richardson (67.4 percent) over No. 10 Mike McQueary (32.6 percent).

No. 2 Chuck Fusina (96.3 percent) over No. 15 Matt Knizner (3.7 percent).


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