Penn State did what I think everyone expected it to do. The Lions went out and beat a team by 49 points that they were supposed to beat by 49 points. The EIU kids played hard and gave excellent effort; they just aren't at the same level as athletes, plain and simple.
I'll give this one to Daryll Clark. He did a good job running an almost perfectly balanced offense. He was very efficient throwing the ball, had total command all day and left the game healthy.
In blowouts like this, it's pretty much whatever play I feel is the most entertaining to me while watching. So I'm going to go with Navorro Bowman's 91-yard fumble return. Great job by Ollie Ogbu forcing the fumble. Ogbu has consistently been good for Penn State all year. The punt block was a close second. Andrew Dailey as been a nice asset on special teams this year; every good team needs unselfish, impact special teams' players to be successful. Dailey has been one of those guys this year.
What I Liked
Jared Odrick being impossible to block against EIU. It almost looked like Odrick could have gotten to the quarterback at will. He is another guy that has been solid all year long and is going to have to be just as solid for Penn State the rest of the season.
What I Didn't Like
Like most people, I would have liked to see backup QB Kevin Newsome in the game earlier. It would have been beneficial for him to have the team for a whole half. I think we would have been able to get a better assessment of where he is at this stage in his development, too. Newsome definitely gave us a taste of both his talent and potential. All in all, he did a nice job.
Did You Notice
I know he gets some heat on the message boards, but Josh Hull recorded his fifth-straight game with double-digit tackles. I think it might be time to lay off the kid.
And Another Thing
Really looking forward to next week's game, Minnesota has a new stadium and a new attitude under Tim Brewster. A win in Happy Valley could be a real building block for Minnesota football, and you better believe Joe Paterno is telling the boys that.