Sunday, March 29, 2015

A prayer for a team

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Yesterday's game will go down in the annals of Penn State football history, but for all the wrong reasons. The Lions once again failed to get to 10-0, and thus, their national title hopes vanished. Iowa spoiled the story, scoring a stunning upset, 24-23, on a last-second field goal. Penn State simply did not play well and there was plenty of blame to go around -- offense, defense, special teams, coaching, etc. Quarterback Daryll Clark was especially hard on himself after the game. He didn't have a great game, but he could hardly take the full brunt of blame.

A prayer for a team

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Yesterday's game will go down in the annals of Penn State football history, but for all the wrong reasons. The Lions once again failed to get to 10-0, and thus, their national title hopes vanished. Iowa spoiled the story, scoring a stunning upset, 24-23, on a last-second field goal. Penn State simply did not play well and there was plenty of blame to go around -- offense, defense, special teams, coaching, etc. Quarterback Daryll Clark was especially hard on himself after the game. He didn't have a great game, but he could hardly take the full brunt of blame.

If this is indeed Joe Paterno's last season, his chances for another national title have all but gone up in smoke. After the game, no one from Penn State appeared to be wallowing in Joe's misery, including himself.

About this blog
Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 20 years, covering college sports, golf and the Penn Relays.

Joining Joe this season will be John Stuetz, an intern for The Inquirer and senior at Penn State majoring in print journalism and marketing. This is John's third season covering the Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A native of Glenside, Montgomery County, John graduated from Cheltenham High School.

For Joe, this will be his fifth season on the paper's Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

Joe Juliano Inquirer Staff Writer
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