October 6, 2012; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Zach Zwinak (28) jumps over Northwestern Wildcats linebacker Collin Ellis (45) in the first half at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE

Penn State - Northwestern: Halftime Observations

It’s pretty clear that Penn State wants to control time of possession. Running the ball often. Throwing short passes the rest of the time.

Coaches must have seen something on film that indicated they’d be able to use that WR screen pass. They went to that well several times in first couple drives.

A group of students have their chests painted white with the word #WHITEOUT on them. I literally gave them that idea an hour before kickoff.

I’m taking full credit for this. photo by Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE


Penn State appears to be faster on the edge than NW anticipated. Stretch plays have gone nowhere so far.

Northwestern is changing QBs quite often-makes the offense a bit predictable and reminds me of the bowl game against Florida. Colter doesn’t throw. Siemian doesn’t run.

Not sure if Bill Belton is hurt, but it’s been the Zach Zwinak Show since that first drive.

A guy in the press box has on headphones and is talking as if the rest of us also do. #Loud

Penn State has had several shots at intercepting passes-yet they currently possess a -1 turnover differential.

Special teams is playing a HUGE part in this game. PSU going for it on every manageable 4th. Della Valle’s fumble. Butterworth’s awful punt.

Kyle Carter has two drops, including a TD.

O’Brien met the refs at midfield following the phantom pass interference call and gave them hell-fired the fans and defense up…then NW scored to go up 14-10.

Penn State leads time of possession 18:55 – 11:05 and has out-gained NW 187 yards – 123  yards.


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