MINN: The High Five

Check out the highs and lows from Penn State's shutout win over Minnesota on a soggy afternoon in Happy Valley.

Take a look at the highs and lows from the cold, wet game that had the Nittany Lions face off with Big Ten foe Minnesota. The Lions managed a shutout and a few touchdowns after a slow start.


Big D: Sealing Penn State's 40th shutout, the defense stepped up and absolutely shutdown the Gopher offense. In fact A.J. Wallace was instrumental in containing Eric Decker to only one catch for 42 yards on the day. Wallace had a career day with a physical game whistle-to-whistle. Also, tip o' the hat to guys loke Navorro Bowman and Jared Odrick. And it was great to see Sean Lee back in action.

Cool QB: Daryll Clark had a banner day going 21 for 32 for 287 yards and one touchdown. He also had eight carries for eight yards, but punched in a second touchdown on the ground.

Moye Bien: The young receiver had an impressive outing, grabbing six catches for 120 yards and a touchdown. Moye has stepped out as a primary receiver for PSU and uses his size and speed effectively and has shown great consistency.

Runnin' Wild: Evan Royster saw a ton of action in this game thanks to some wet elements. With 23 carries, Royster rolled up 137 yards and was a key guy getting a series of first downs and keeping PSU drives alive. For whatever reason the Gophers seemed to have little interest in tackling Royster, who was masterful reading his blocks.

Power Line: Sure, the offensive line had some isolated mental mistakes with some holding calls and false starts, but the line deserves a nod for blocking for 464 yards on the day. The line needs work, but they are making strides.


Ground Game: The Penn State ground crew deserves a ton of credit for having the best grass field in arguably all of sports. Many fields would have been a mess after seeing that kind of weather, but Penn State's looked great.


Stalled Starts: PSU had a few early drives that simply fizzled out. The good news is that Colin Wagner managed to split the uprights, but in wet, wild conditions the Lions would have made fans (and likely themselves) more comfortable putting touchdowns on the board instead of early field goals.

Mental Mistakes: Sure, the offensive line got a hand in the High Five, but they deserve some criticism on the holds and false starts. The need to clean out these sloppy mistakes with Michigan up to bat next week.

Replay Day: How many reversed calls does it take for the Big Ten to take a hard look at their referees and review their approach to officiating. With a lot of questionable calls throughout this game, I guess we can all write a note of thanks to Joe Paterno for severing as the catalyst to get replays into college football.

Soggy Shivers: OK, so there is no one to blame for the weather - actually can we blame FOS/WTAJ Meterologist Joe Murgo? (I kid) However, the weather was ugly and deserves a thumbs down to the havoc it ultimately wreaked on fans and PSU's homecoming activities.

No Shows: It's just disappointing to see major empty areas of the student section, especially since they generally don't drive to the game and could avoid the shuttle bus fiasco. The issue students could be facing if they are not careful is when PSU makes ultimately some changes to their seating structure the student section could see a contraction of seating. It's a possibility if the PSU officials see that in many cases the student section is not filled and they can generate more revenue from alumni in those seats.


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