Friday, December 26, 2014

Penn State-Purdue third quarter updates

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. --

Penn State-Purdue third quarter updates

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. --

1. Penn State's best drive of the game thus far come on its second possession of the second half. Daryll Clark hit Derrick Williams in the flat and the wide receiver had room to run 19 yards. Running back Evan Royster had back-to-back gains of 12 and 10 yards. And then Clark, on a third-and-17, hit wide receiver Deon Butler on a beautiful sideline pass and catch. Clark gave it the right touch and Butler managed to turn his body and drag a foot in bounds for a 23-yard gain. Royster scored on the next play from four yards out.

2. By now, it's plainly obvious that Purdue just doesn't have the man power to match with Penn State. The Lions look lethargic, but have more than enough on both sides to keep the Boilermakers at bay.

3. Stephfon Green gave Royster a spell and had two nice carries -- a 28- and 16-yarder -- but the Lions stalled and were forced to punt from Boilermakers territory for the second time in the game.

4. Purdue quarterback Curtis Painter looks a shade of himself. Why? I don't know. All I know is that he had a terrible overthrow into the hands of Penn State safety Drew Astorino. It was the second interception for the freshman this season.

5. By the way, still no Jordan Norwood.

Penn State 17, Purdue 0


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.

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