LSU: The High Five

Penn State had a dominating first half performance in the Capital One Bowl, but the LSU Tigers roared back to make it a game. See the highs and lows from the game right here.

Penn State had a dominating first half, but LSU decided to make it a game in the second half. There were certainly highs and lows from the Capital One Bowl for PSU.

THE HIGHS

End Game: With eight catches for 88 yards, Andrew Quarless served as a reliable target for Clark, helping to maintain some key possessions for the Nittany Lions. Quarless has certainly come full-circle capping his career with arguably the best performance in Blue and White.

Power Line: The PSU offensive line, led by Johnny Troutman, gave Clark plenty of time for plays to develop and opened up lanes for PSU to roll up 216 yards through the air and 124 yards on the ground. The line came to play and was masterful picking up LSU's blitzing schemes.

Gettin' A Kick: Colin Wagner went four for four on field goals and one for one in extra points for 13 points. Penn State put the game on his shoulders and Wagner came through in a clutch despite the cow pasture they were playing on.

Dept. of Defense: Although LSU managed some shoestring catches that turned into big plays, the Penn State defense allowed -2 rushing yards in the first half and only 41 for the entire game. The defense came up big when it counted and Jared Odrick and Navorro Bowman led the vaunted group to hold LSU to only nine first downs to Penn State's 21.

Big Shoulders: Ok, so Daryll Clark had some shaky moments -- the intentional grounding, some poor passes and some near interceptions. But when the chips were down and the lions were trailing, Clark grabbed the reigns and drove the team down for the winning field goal. A fitting end for a guy who has given his heart to PSU.

THE LOWS

Field of Screams: With divits growing to ditches, the Capital One Bowl officials should be embarrassed for the horrible field conditions. They should definitely rethink allowing high school games getting played on the field right before the bowl games. The good news is that there were no apparent injuries from the horrible conditions.

Officially Horrid: The Pac-10 referees couldn't keep track of correct spots or even the right down and distance, creating some major delays in the action. This crew made a lot of Penn State fans actually long for Big Ten refs.

Not-So-Special: The poor squib kick-call and some sub-par coverage really gave LSU an edge, allowing them to get right back into a game that the PSU had well-in-hand early on.

Brownout: while it was great to see the coaches make a late season shift with freshman Justin Brown returning punts, the young gun has to get down his understanding of fair-catches and such, as his head was almost taken off.

Wrap-up: Who knows what Paterno has against dressing warm for the weather, but the geniune "old ball coach" has to start taking better care of himself. Someone get the man a hat before he gets another bout of sickness.

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