McGee slips on an option right on fourth down. As long as Morelli doesn’t throw a pick, this one is over despite the 7:43 remaining.
A&M just wasted 16 plays and 93 yards. Ouch.
A&M driving, but Goodson is cramping up…..though he returns to the field.
In this war of attrition, who wants it more over the last 15 minutes?
And with the Patriots up now 38-28, maybe some viewers will come back to ESPN?
Evan Royster just exploded for a 38-yard touchdown run, but credit Morelli for hanging in there on the drive. Backed up deep in his own territory, Morelli drops back and hits Williams for a 21-yard gain to keep the drive alive, after what appeared to be a costly penalty.
I was of the notion that the coaches should go with Clark the rest of the way, but honestly, Morelli showed me a little something there hanging in there.
TEXAS A&M 17, PENN STATE 17. Szymanski 38-yard field goal. 18 plays, 78 yards in 8:45. Key Play: McGee hits tight end Martellus Bennett for a critical first down on a two yard gain to keep the drive alive.
A.J. Wallace just comes up with the turnover the PSU defense needs…..then Morelli just throws it right back to the Aggies on a HORRIBLE throw into double coverage trying to force the ball into Derrick Williams.
Worst pass of the night, period. Aggies are on their own inch line.
Is anyone watching the Alamo Bowl with the Giants up by two scores on the Pats???
Kinlaw has 13 rushes for 90 yards, Morelli is 10-of-21 for 100 yards and a touch. PSU has 244 total offense.
For A&M, McGee is 8-of-12 for 64 yards, Goodson is the leading rusher with six carries for 23 yards. A&M has 128 of offense.
Nittany Lions go into the locker room with at 17-14 lead, 17 unanswered points and one consuming drive to end the half (16 plays, 78 yards in 3:48 to be exact.)
One point of order though, if you are going to have the ball down inside the opponents 10-yard line, it might be wise to throw the ball to the endzone at some point. Only one pass to the endzone???
MVP of the half is clearly Daryll Clark who has yet to throw the ball, but is running so effectively. A&M clearly has not schemed for Clark’s ability. At some point they need to pull Morelli out of that set and let Clark throw the ball.
Aggies are somewhat falling apart with a personal foul penalty (gift call).
The tempo is in PSU’s favor right now and with six minutes to go, they’d be wise to work the clock, get a score and get into the locker with the lead and control the last 30 minutes.
We have a ball game.
On defense PSU gets pressure on a third down and capitalizes on a Mo Evans hit on Goodson. Wallace recovers. One play, Dayrll Clark slices through the Aggie defense.
Different ballgame and getting Clark out on the field is the way to go it appears. A&M has no clue on how to defend him.
On fourth down, Anthony Morelli possibly rescues the offense with a fourth down 30-yard lob to Deon Butler who makes an absolutely amazing snag. The play was reviewed, for really no reason. He caught it. Plan and simple.
Nits are back in it.
If PSU loses this game, you can’t blame Rodney Kinlaw who is running with a purpose and being very patient, waiting for lanes to develop and then at the same time, asserting himself physically.
While I like the use of Derrick Williams tonight, I have to question early why Chris Bell is on the field so much……
Also, why is PSU playing conservative down 14-0??? Throw the ball.
Boone just punted.
Penn State’s timing and play calling is flat out atrocious at this point. Where they took chances and moved the ball down the field early in the quarter, now they are getting gimmickey and out of sync.
An option to Williams was ill-timed by Clark, and they are basically playing 10-on-11 with no respect for Morelli as a receiver. If Clark is going to be out on the field, Morelli needs to be off of it and let Clark run the actual offense, not some jaded ill-constructed facsimile of one.
On the next possession, they go to the Clark-Morelli package. Why?
And so it goes from bad to worse. A.J. Wallace fumbles the kickoff, it appears he’s down, but the crew gives the ball to the Aggies (note: of course they do, we’re in Texas afterall).
One play, Goodson scores, thanks for coming PSU, game’s over.
TEXAS A&M 7, PENN STATE 0. Mike Goodson 1-yard run (Matt Szymanski kick). 9 plays, 70 yards in 4:29. Key Play: McGee reads a blitz by PSU and scrambles right for 18 yards. On the next play he catches PSU’s defense napping with a quick hitter to tight end Martellus Bennett. Javorskie Lane and Mike Goodson do the rest.
A&M driving off the legs of Stephen McGee who scrambles for 18 on a busted PSU blitz.
McGee then hits Martellus Bennett for 24 on a quick strike, which caught the PSU defense out of position.
Lane gets his first two carries of the game on the second and fourth play of the drive. The second going for nine yards to the PSU 15.
The depth problems are becoming evident on Penn State’s defensive line as Phil Taylor looks gassed and really poorly conditioned. The entire Penn State defense is getting pushed around and physically beaten up and down the field.
Nice use of Lane by A&M
Couple things go wrong late on the drive.
First, Morelli misses a wide-open Chris Bell underneath on his deep throw to Jordan Norwood, then Terrell Golden can’t handle a 5-yard out, forcing Penn State to turn to the inconsistent Kevin Kelly, who proceeds to push his kick way right.
We’re still scoreless.
Penn State is mixing up formations with broken I, empty sets, they run Williams inside on a draw, Kinlaw for power and Morelli has mixed up his throws early on with short hooks to Williams who made a nice move, then Butler.
For simple purposes, Dan Lawlor just carries on a fullback trap.
Couple of early notes.
The starting D-tackles for PSU were Taylor and Koroma. Mark Rubin started in place of Tony Davis.
A&M just missed a sure touchdown after Justin King blew an assignment in zone coverage. A&M has come out in empty sets twice early.