Every Sunday throughout the season, a member of the VBR Staff will select one player on each side of the ball as our players of the game. Because I came up with this idea at about 1:00 AM watching Cal-Northwestern last night, I nominated myself to do the honors.
OFFENSE: Allen Robinson (7 receptions, 133 yards, 1 touchdown)
Yeah, this one was pretty easy. After sitting the first half due to a disciplinary issue, it took the Nittany Lions’ best offensive player all of two snaps to make his mark on the game. Beyond the stats, it was very obvious that Robinson’s success is going to tie directly to Christian Hackenberg’s success in year 1. Even on the 54 yard strike (seriously, how pretty was that throw?) to Geno Lewis, it was Robinson that Hackenberg first looked to. In virtually every key passing situation #14 looked for #8.
On a day that saw PSU fail to establish much of a running game, it was Robinson who stepped up, even if it was in just 30 minutes of action.
Honorable Mention – K, Sam Ficken, WR Geno Lewis, WR Matt Zanellato, QB Christian Hackenberg
DEFENSE: Stephen Obeng Agyapong (6.5 tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recover)
This one was a bit more of a challenge, but I don’t think there was anyone on the defensive side of the ball that stepped up more in big spots than Obeng-Agyapong. When Mike Hull went down with a knee injury early, SOA stepped up into the linebacker spot, and looked virtually right at home (a missed tackle in the Syracuse backfield early not withstanding). In the 2nd quarter, on the first play after Hackenberg’s first interception, he not only forced a fumble of Jerome Smith, but also recovered it. Later in the 3rd quarter, with PSU clinging to a 13-10 lead, Obeng-Agyapong dropped back into coverage and showed off his DB skills picking off Drew Allen. Perhaps his biggest play came on the Orange’s second to last drive. With PSU up 23-17 and Syracuse driving, he came untouched off the end and dropped Allen for a sack.
Honorable Mention: DT DaQuan Jones, DE Deion Barnes, CB Trevor Williams, CB Jordan Lucas
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