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Penn State Football: Week 9 Notes From Nittanyville

Well that was a bummer. In my Paternoville/Nittanyville career, I’ve participated in four weeklong campouts (for those who don’t know, weeklong campouts are for the really big games). Penn State’s record in those four games is now 1-3. I’m not going to lie, it’s really deflating to get so hyped up throughout the whole week and then lose. Regardless, the Nittany Lions must move on from this game and look to the future. Here are my notes from Nittanyville:

 

  • Weeklong campouts consist of a lot of fun events and this one was no exception. Nittanyville held its first slam dunk contest, where members of the men’s basketball team came to judge. The third trashcan football tournament was held too, where proceeds to enter the tournament went to Uplifting Athletes, the football team’s charity.
  • One of the best parts about Nittanyville is when players visit. They realize the support that we give them and they return the favor by coming up to Nittanyville to hang out and thank us for the support. Bill O’Brien made an appearance as well. This kind of thing really symbolizes the concept of “One Team.”
  • This was also the biggest campout in the history of Paternoville/Nittanyville. The previous record holder was the 2007 Notre Dame campout. This campout had roughly 1,200 campers and it was fantastic seeing Gate A packed with so many passionate students all week long.
  • Penn State Athletics gave GoPro cameras to Nittanyville president Troy Weller and Nittanyville public relations representative Allen Sheffield. They wore them on their heads during the pregame drum line and during certain parts of the game. I’m sure the footage they got is epic.
  • The whiteout looked pretty awesome, to say the least. I was in the front row so it was hard to see the rest of the student section behind me. But I’ve seen the pictures and it’s clear that this whiteout was a big success.
  • Now about the actual game, this was probably the loudest I’ve ever heard Beaver Stadium as a member of the student section. Kudos to the students for consistently staying loud while Ohio State was doing their no huddle offense.
  • I would love to know why Bill O’Brien wasn’t going to the tight ends (especially Kyle Carter) earlier in the game in the medium passing game. It was working great at the end, but that was when the game was pretty much decided. It just looked like O’Brien got away from the play calling that got them five straight wins.
  • The lack of a run game hurt Penn State a lot. Ohio State’s front seven absolutely bullied Penn State’s offensive line the majority of the game. Zwinak and Belton had no room to run and the longest Penn State running play of the whole game was nine yards.
  • This might’ve been the worst performance by Penn State’s offensive line this year. However, it was against a vastly talented Ohio State front seven. John Simon, Johnathan Hankins, Nathan Williams, Ryan Shazier and other Buckeyes were disruptive, physical and made plays all night long. McGloin was pressured a lot, which forced him to scramble and make some erratic throws.
  • Based on the amount of false start penalties (and penalties overall), you’d think this was an away game for Penn State. There were a bunch of questionable calls, but Penn State was very undisciplined at times when composure was much needed.
  • There were just so many missed opportunities, especially early on in the game. Two notables were when McGloin under-threw a deep ball to Allen Robinson that could’ve been a touchdown and when Stephen Obeng-Agyapong dropped a pick six.
  • When Penn State wins and the team runs over to the student section to sing the alma mater, it’s one of the greatest sights to see. It was as equally bad to see them slowly and angrily walk over and then just stand (not sing or sway) during the alma mater. I can’t blame them, I would’ve done the same thing. The facial expressions said it all and you could tell how much this loss hurt.

It’s another three week break until Penn State’s next home game, which is against the Indiana. The Nittany Lions travel to Purdue next week followed by a trip to Nebraska before coming back home to face the Hoosiers. Despite this loss to a very good Ohio State team, Bill O’Brien and his team need to regroup and finish strong in this last third of the season.

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Topics: Football, Ohio State Buckeyes, Penn State Nittany Lions

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