Friday, October 31, 2008

Former Foes: the bye week edition

Time, once again, for our weekly look back at Penn State's past competition and see how they are faring after getting beat by the Nittany Lions. How is Temple doing anyway?

Coastal Carolina (4-5)

The Chicken let a 21-14 lead mid way through the third quarter and a 24-21 fourth quarter lead slip away as they lost to Stony Brook 28-24. The Chanticleers gave the game away coughing up the ball four times. Coastal fumbled the opening kickoff to the Seawolves (wait, what? Stony Brook = Seawolves, Coastal Carolina = Chicken? What?!??). The loss moves the Chants to 0-3 in Big South play. Quarterback Zack MacDowall passed for 306 yards and 2 TD's.

Next up: BYE

Oregon State (4-3)

BYE

Next up: Arizona State travels to Corvallis for a Homecoming game

Syracuse (1-6)

BYE

Next up: Louisville

Temple (3-5)

For three quarters the Temple Owls didn't score a point and in the second and third quarters combined they had 6 yards of total offense. But down 10-0 in the 4th quarter Temple scored two late touchdowns to walk away with a 14-10 victory. Freshman running back Kee-ayre Griffin scored to make the score 10-7 and Ohio fumbled the ball back to Temple two possessions later. QB Adam DiMichele, who returned from a shoulder injury, found WR Bruce Francis in the back of the endzone for a 5 yard go-ahead touchdown.

Next up: at Navy

Illinois (4-4)

The fighting Zookers allowed Wisconsin to score 10 unanswered points in the fourth quarter of a 17-17 tie. It was Wisconsin's first Big Ten victory as Badger quarterback Dustin Sherer threw for 174 yards and two touchdowns and running back John Clay ran for 93 yards. Illini quarterback Juice Williams was held in check throwing for a respectable 221 yards and 2 touchdowns but rushing for only 17 yards on 8 carries. Neither of these two teams can find an identity.

Next up: The Illini take on Shonn Greene and the Iowa Hawkeyes, good luck with that

Purdue (2-6)

Another game for Purdue and another four turnovers. The Boilermakers were held to 226 yards of offense and two field goals in a 17-6 loss to Minnesota. Purdue threw two interceptions and fumbled twice. How bad is it for Purdue? When quarterback Curtis Painter was knocked out of the game in the first quarter his replacement was Justin Siller who was a running back until a week ago. Yeah, that bad.

Next up: Purdue travels to Ann Arbor for a noon pillow fight with Michigan (first one to 3 wins)

Wisconsin (4-4)

Beat Illinois (see above)

Next up: Wisconsin travels to Spartaaaaaaaaaan!! Stadium to take on Michigan State

Michigan (2-6)

Michigan State rolled up 473 yards of total offense and Spartan quarterback Brian Hoyer finished with 282 yards and 3 touchdowns. Even more alarming for Wolverine fans are the big plays the defense surrendered (61 and 50 yard pass and 64 yard rush). Michigan's defense seems to be getting worse as the season continues. Michigan needs to win all four of their remaining games to be bowl eligible and… that ain't happenin'. Don't worry Wolverine fans we know how u feel, TRUST ME, we know how you feel.

Next up: Purdue

2 comments:

Mike @ ZN said...

If only Syracuse had a pulse, Penn State would be better off in the SOS discussion. Oh well, at least Oregon State could win the Pac 10.

aw said...

I like that, nicely done. Not what I wanted to see but the facts are the facts. Fans Everywhere