Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Penn State-Purdue first quarter updates

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- 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?

Penn State-Purdue first quarter updates

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. --

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.

 

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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.

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