USF GAME: Quick Hitters

The good, the bad and the ugly from Penn State's season-opening victory over South Florida.

MAN OF THE HOUR: Penn State running back Tony Hunt rushed for 140 yards on 15 carries, averaging 9.3 yards per tote.

TURNING POINT: Hunt took a handoff left, broke a tackle from LB Patrick St. Louis, then bolted right and motored 70 yards to the USF 4. It set up the Lions' game-icing TD early in the fourth quarter.

STRATA-GEM: Smart move by the PSU staff to get the young wideouts involved early and often.

NUMBERS GAME: USF won the time-of-possession battle, 32:03-27:57, an ominous sign for Penn State.

TWIST OF FATE: The Lion defense was outstanding. But it got a helping hand from the Bull receivers, who dropped nearly as many balls as they caught.

SPECIAL DELIVERY: Freshman kicker Kevin Kelly was strong in his debut, save a blocked PAT. He boomed kickoffs long and hit his only field-goal try, a 23-yarder. “I thought he was great,” Joe Paterno said.

WHAT'S UP WITH: Calvin Lowry still returning punts? Lowry is a fine safety, but this never has been, and never will be, his forte.

HIT SQUAD: Early on, Chris Harrell drilled Johnny Peyton a second after the USF WR gator-armed what should have been a catch. The Bull wideouts were shying away from contact all game.

HEADS-UP: Or may be a leg up. Lion DT Scott Paxson was splayed on the ground when Mike Jenkins took a reverse with plenty of open field ahead of him in the second quarter. Paxson alertly kicked at Jenkins, tripping him for an 8-yard loss.

HIDDEN HERO: PSU star freshman receiver Derrick Williams had several solid downfield blocks. Amazing stuff, considering he played quarterback in high school.

LOST IN THE SHUFFLE: Paterno was disappointed in himself for not playing second-team TB Austin Scott more. Scott had no carries and one catch for 4 yards in limited action. “I'm just a little upset I didn't get to play [more] first game,” a somber Scott said afterward. “You have big expectations and you don't even get a chance to play…”

DID YOU NOTICE: That all three players implicated in the recent prank call mess — LB Dan Connor, DB Nolan McCready and WR Jim Kanuch — were not allowed to dress for the game? Connor was listed as being suspended for the game. But McCready and Kanuch were both on the depth chart.

  • That two of the Arrowgate culprits, offensive linemen Tyler Reed and Andrew Richardson, saw their first action on special teams? Reed was on the field-goal unit, Richardson a blocker on kickoff returns. A third, Paxson, saw a bit of early time at DT then took over when starter Jim Shaw sustained a right knee injury in the second quarter. Shaw was on crutches and in street clothes for the second half. Paterno did not know the exact nature of the injury.

  • That freshman receiver Jordan Norwood, who received strong praise from teammates and the staff in the spring and preseason, did not play?

  • That official visitor Navorro Bowman and PSU commitment Abe Koroma were on the sideline before the game?

    UNANSWERED QUESTION: When is Joe Paterno going to stop demanding perfection from the officials and start demanding production from his offensive coaching staff? Isn't the Bob Knight sideline act getting a bit old?

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