AKRON: The High Five

Penn State kicked off the 2009 season in style by cruising to a 31-7 blowout over the Zips of Akron. See the highs and lows of the game right here.

Penn State came out swinging against Akron and came away with a solid victory despite a second half slump. See the highs and lows of the game here.


Magnificent 7 The Lion's defensive front seven rotation wreaked havoc in the Zips' backfield all afternoon, lead by major plays from guys like Jared Odrick, Sean Lee, Jack Crawford, Kevion Latham, Nate Stupar and Ollie Ogbu. In fact the defense pulled down four sacks on the day, providing the pressure to help the secondary. In fact Akron did not get a single first down in the first half.

Moye Joy: The air attack found a reliable target in Derek Moye who grabbed six passes for 138 yaards and a touchdown, including some major pull-ins he simply went up and got, using his sizeable frame over the defender.

Power Line: The offensive line make both the high and low five this week. Their pass blocking gave Daryll Clark loads of time which allowed plays to develop and helped the senior QB roll up 353 yards and three TD strikes through the air.

Stupar-Man: I'll admit when I am wrong, and I should have had Stupar as a Player of the Game candidate. The guy was a force on special teams again and lead all tacklers with 12 take-downs (eight unassisted). The guy is consistently a force in whatever role the coaches ask him to play.

Dailey Special: Converted linebacker-to-safety Andrew Dailey had a big day. First, grabbing an early interception in the second quarter and then scrambling for 37 yards on a fake punt to put PSU's momentum in full-throttle.


Stumbling Blocks: While the offensive line was impressive in their pass blocking, the unit stumbled and showed inconsistency with their run blocking. This allowed Evan Royster to roll up only 61 yards on 14 carries and Stephfon Green 10 yards on seven carries.

Kick in the Pants: Colin Wagner went four for four (100%) on his extra points, but on the day went one for three on field goal attempts. The Lions better get the kicking situation buckled down in short order as they get into the swing of the season or it could come back to nip them in the tail. Wagner did have some big kickoffs though.

Where's the 'New New' Guy?: With the game well in hand by the third quarter, it's a wonder why the offensive coaches opted to keep Clark under center and Kevin Newsome on the bench. A head-scratcher considering Newsome could be called into action at anytime and any additional game experience would be instrumental in his development. Newsome ended up three for four for 26 yards.

Sleep Walking: After a shoarp first half, the lions came out flat in the third quarter and seemed to sleep through the second half. Guys have to play a full 60 minutes and the coaches have to not close up the playbook if they expect these guys not to dose off.

Weak 'Show'ing: PSU's student section came no where hear the revered "Greatest Student Section" title Kirk Herbstreit likes to lay on them. If Kirk saw this showing he'd probably rethink things the next time he's asked to name the top students in the country. Weak showing guys.

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