Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Penn State-Michigan State halftime update

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. --

Penn State-Michigan State halftime update

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. --

1. This is a different Penn State team than the one that slogged through the last two games. As a matter of fact, this team looks a lot like the team that breezed through the first eight games of the season. Quarterback Daryll Clark has regained his mojo ("Yeah, baby!") and the defense has been all over Spartans quarterback Brian Hoyer.

2. The Lions scored on each of their first three possessions in the second quarter. The first drive was the longest in terms of yards (86) for Penn State this season. Fullback Dan Lawlor finished off the scourge with a 4-yard TD run up the middle. The second drive was another long one, with Clark waltzing into the end zone from a yard out. The third score came the first play after safety Anthony Scirrotto intercepted Hoyer. Clark hit Derrick Williams on a post and Williams did a great job of shielding the defender and going up for the 32-yard TD catch. Whew. Penn State leads, 28-0, and Beaver Stadium is in full shake mode.

3. I think you can start booking those Pasadena flights.

Halftime score: Penn State 28, Michigan State 7

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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.

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