MSU: The High Five

The Nittany Lions capped off their third double-digit win season in five years with a 42-14 victory over Michigan State in East Lansing. See the highs and lows from the victory here.

Penn State secured their tenth win of the 2009 season in blowout fashion over Michigan State. The game had a series of highs and lows for the Nittany Lions.


Catching On: Andrew Quarless showed up in a big way for Penn State in this game, catching four passes for 62 yards and two touchdowns. He was a huge spark for the Lions, helping to get the offense in gear. Quarless has become a consistent go-to weapon for PSU this season and deserves a tip 'o the hat.

Back-to-Back Back: Evan Royster rolled up another 100+ yard performance with 114 yards on 13 carries (8.8 YPC), becoming PSU's seventh back to rush for back-to-back 1,000+ yard seasons.

Career Day: Despite a slow, sloppy start, Daryll Clark had an impressive second half, with four passing touchdowns and no interceptions. On the day he passed for 310 yards. He also became the first PSU quarterback to go undefeated in the state of Michigan since Wally Richardson did it in 1995 and 1996.

Dominating D: the defense deserves a big pat on the back for this performance, holding the Spartans to 94 total yards on the ground and grabbing two interceptions; one by Nick Sukay and the other by Sean Lee. The starters once again made t very difficult for the opposition to score.

A Penn Statement:Despite the slow start, Penn State made as strong as a statement for a BCS bid as could have been expected. A 42-14 blowout victory on the road looks good, but getting the BCS nod will likely prove difficult for PSU despite the strong effort.


Stalled Start: Once again PSU started off slow, managing only seven points in the first half, missing two field goals with some bumbled scoring opportunities.

Questionable QB: Of particular concern was Daryll Clark's slow start; the QB was off with his reads early on, locked on to targets and overthrew routes. He also took some ill-advised, baffling sacks, at least for a senior. The good news is he stepped up and had a career day thanks to his strong second half.

Not-So-Special Teams: Granted, the coverage managed to bottle-up Martin on returns, but with two missed field goals and a mere 13 yards on three punt returns, special teams continued to struggle. On bright spot was Stephfon Green's two solid kick returns for 63 total yards.

Changin' Songs: Craig James continued to lay it on thick for the Nittany Lions, heaping on the praise for the Blue and White, which is a far cry from his past hash critcism of the program in years past. I guess some folks will swallow their pride when they need to sell copies of their new book.

Same Old Same Old: Michigan State, in my view, once again won the honor of being the "Most Consistently Inconsistent Team in America." With sky-high hopes early on this season, the Spartans proved to once again be an under-achiever, closing out their second consecutive season with a blowout loss to Penn State.


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