Penn State-Purdue first quarter updates


1. In case you missed my earlier posts, Penn State coach Joe Paterno is upstairs in the coaches' box resting his bum right leg. Could it have had anything to do with the Lions' lousy start?

2. The story of Penn State's first 15 minutes was its calls on two second-and-ones. On their first possession, the Lions, on Purdue's 42-yard-line tried a pass to Deon Butler that the wide receiver was out out-of-bounds. And then on third down, Penn State tried Royster up the middle. The running back was stopped short. On their next series, the Lions again had a second-and-one. But tried a double-fake to wide receiver Derrick Williams that was a no-gainer and then went to Royster who slipped for a loss on third down. Great play-calling and great execution, guys.