Saturday, October 10, 2015

Penn State-Purdue second quarter updates


Penn State-Purdue second quarter updates



1. Purdue failed to cash -- twice -- when kicker Chris Summers failed on two second quarter field goal tries. The junior was wide right on a 45-yard field goal attempt and to even out his early miss, booted a 36-yarder wide left. Doh!

2. Penn State finally got its high-powered offense moving with a long, clock-churning drive. Quarterback Daryll Clark was able to hit a few short dink passes and Evan Royster continued his assault through defenses. The sophomore running back had a 23-yard gain on the scourge to move the Lions down to Purdue 24. Two plays later, Penn State had a third-and-seven and yours truly called "Graham Zug over the middle," which is the equivalent to the modern day "Javon Ringer up the middle." And wouldn't you know it, Clark hit Zug over the middle for a 16-yard gain down to the five. Clark scored on a fourth down sneak from a yard out three plays later. Penn State leads, 7-0.

3. The Lions produced another long drive right before the half. This one netted a Kevin Kelly 25-yard field goal at the whistle. There were a couple of questionable calls as Clark drove his offense down to the Boilermakers 5. The first-down play was a short out to receiver Deon Butler, who was well-covered. The second-down play was a similar call, this time to running back Stephfon Green. Clark underthrew him, but was pressured. The offensive play-calling has been spotty, to say the least. Nevertheless, the Lions have to feel pretty good about a 10-0 lead at the break.

4. The ten points were the Lions lowest first-half output of the season thus far.

5. Here are a few halftime stats: Royster (8 carries for 63 yards). Clark (11 of 15 for 116 yards and one rushing touchdown). The much-maligned Josh Hull had nine tackles in the first 30 minutes. That's a career high for the junior middle linebacker. Take that, critics!

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Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 30 years, covering covering Penn State football, Villanova basketball and other college sports, along with golf and the Penn Relays. This is his seventh season on The Inquirer’s Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976-84.

Joining Joe this season will be Erin McCarthy, an intern for The Inquirer and a junior at Penn State majoring in print and digital journalism. This is Erin's first season on the Penn State football beat. She previously spent two summers as an Inquirer summer intern on the Pennsylvania and South Jersey desks. She is also an editor for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A Delaware County native, Erin graduated from Episcopal Academy.

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