Oct 27, 2012; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions safety Stephen Obeng-Agyapong (7) waves to the crowd during the fourth quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Beaver Stadium. Ohio State defeated Penn State 35-23. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-US PRESSWIRE

Penn State - Purdue: 1st Half Observations

Let’s take a look at some of the things that stood out in the first half of the matchup between the Boilermakers and the Nittany Lions!

Penn State  20
Purdue         3

Penn State set to receive the kickoff after halftime.

O’Brien and Co. decided to go with Zach Zwinak at running back today. I like Zwinak and I like his style, but I think it’s better served in the 2nd half. There were some big holes that close faster on a guy like Z28 than they do on a guy with Bill Belton’s speed. Plus, Zwinak dropped a pass. While he’s been a reliable pass-catching option, Belton is an ex-receiver. I’ve only seen Belton in on one play so far. Who knows whats going on there.

The staff is aware of Purdue’s trouble against the run and they’re using play action to capitalize on it. Purdue is crashing the line of scrimmage when they read run and McGloin is looking to his tight ends once the linebackers get sucked up. They used play-action on the big gains to Moseby-Felder and James.

Jesse James runs funny.

Allen Robinson has tremendous body control.

Zordich is Zordich.

Ficken is on fire.

Defenses are starting to show more attention to Robinson and Moseby-Felder is doing a good job against man coverage. He’s having a career game today.

Purdue loves to run WR screen passes but Amos and Morris have been all over it thus far. They’ll have to be careful of the fake later. That’s an easy way to get beat deep.

It’s not news, but Obeng-Agyapong is really good around the line of scrimmage. Sure tackler and big hitter.

Defense is playing well. The big Shavers run in the first included a blatant hold on Morris who was otherwise in position. Penn State’s defensive line is dominating the line of scrimmage. They’re getting plenty of pressure on the QB.

The loss of Jordan Hill is a big one. Early diagnosis is a knee sprain. If he’s out for significant time, it will cost the Penn State defense. On top of that, Hill is likely to be drafted early in April. Hope today doesn’t hinder his preparation.

I don’t usually watch the refs, and I’m trying not to but after last week, it’s difficult not to pay attention. They’re still bad. Marve has completed a pass from the wrong side of the line of scrimmage and got away with an intentional grounding from the center of the pocket.

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