Friday, October 23, 2009

Former Foes

Time to take a weekly look back at Penn State's past competition. So how is Temple doing anyway?

Akron (1-5)
Lost to Buffalo 21-17

Akron was so close to getting off the "pile of suck" but their 3rd quarter 17-14 lead was nullified by a touchdown run by Buffalo running back Mario Henry with 6 minutes to play. Zip quarterback Patrick "not so" Nicely threw two interceptions and competed only half his passes (17/34). Buffalo WR Naaman Roosevelt became the Bulls all-time career receptions leader with 12 catches for an even 100 yards. Akron now gets another Former Foe when they travel to take on Syracuse.

Next up: Syracuse (2-4)

Syracuse (2-4)


Next up: Akron (1-5)

Temple (4-2)
Beat Army 27-13

Woo Hooo!! Temple is helping the strength of schedule baby! Ok, not really but they are getting ever so close to bowl eligible, a big step for coach Al Golden. Temple has won 4 straight, their longest winning streak since 1985. Think about that for a minute, that's a long time on the "pile of suck" that Akron now resides. It wasn't easy either, Temple stopped Army on fourth down, then had an interception overturned by replay, and then scored the go-ahead touchdown three plays later. Owl QB Vaughn Charlton was picked off but a flag that was thrown for pass interference was picked up because the ball was tipped, or so the officials thought. After review it was determined that the ball wasn't tipped and the penalty stood. Charlton then found TE Steve Maneri for a 6-yard touchdown pass with 7:25 left to take the lead after the game was tied in the third quarter. Charlton only completed 8 passes for 115 yards but two of them were TD's. Temple used the good luck and good defense for their fourth victory.

Next up: Toledo (4-3)

Iowa (7-0)
Beat Wisconsin 20-10

Hey, another game another come from behind victory for the Hawkeyes. It's getting to be a broken record for Iowa. Tight End Tony Moeaki, who was held without a catch in the first half, caught the game tying score and anther long pass to set up a field goal. The Iowa defense, who let Wisconsin score 10 first half points, held the Badgers scoreless in the second half to take their record to 7-0. Stanzi was his usual efficient self completing 17 of 23 passes for 218 yards and the Moeaki TD. WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos caught 8 of those passes for 113 yards.

Next Up: Michigan State (4-3)

Illinois (1-4)
Lost to Indiana 27-14

Maybe that Penn State victory over Illinois isn't looking so good anymore. Hoosier QB Ben Chappell had a career night against the Fighting Zooker defense throwing for 333 yards and 3 TD's. Indiana scored 4 times in a row (3 TD's, 1 FG) in the second and fourth quarters to take a 27-7 lead before cruising to the final. WR's Tandon Doss and Damarlo Belcher each had TD catches and combined for 221 yards receiving. Juice Williams returned to the starting lineup but fumbled twice in the second half.

Next Up: Purdue (2-5)

Eastern Illinois

Played somebody, don't really care.

Next Up: somebody else (some record)

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