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BallHype: hype it up! Monday, November 5, 2007
On a clear and warmer than usual November day, the Nittany Lions added yet another statistic to Joe Paterno's impressive resume. They notched a win against a Purdue team that was ranked in the top 20 at one point in the season and the only team they have not played that is above them in the Big Ten standings. The win places the Nittany Lions third in the Big Ten currently only below Big Ten powerhouses Ohio State and Michigan who theylost to this season.

The game did not start off well for the Lions however. After winning the coin toss and deferring, Purdue returned the very first kickoff of the game 98 yards for a touchdown putting the Lions in an early 7 point deficit. Joe Paterno's squad however marched right back down the field and because of a false start penalty, responded with a field goal before scoring once again on a five-yard Derrick Williams touchdown catch from Morelli.

The momentum swinging play of the game however didn't come on offense but on a defensive series of plays at the goal line in the north end zone away from the student section. The alumni seated in the north end zone stepped up and roared to life amplified by a sun bathed student section 90 yards away as the defense held the Boilermakers to a 3 down series stopping short of the end zone each time. The last series resulted in a fumble when Sean Lee stripped the ball from Jaycen Taylor short of the goal line.

Once again however strange officiating ruled the day as a Rodney Kinlaw fumble was confirmed even when replay showed that he had stepped out of bounds yards prior to fumbling the ball. A few holding and pass interference calls were also ignored by the officiating crew which led to a riled up Paterno making his signature on the field rant at the officials sending the crowd into a frenzy. Both teams managed to earn 22 penalties in the game.

Did you Notice?

  • Record setting day for Dan Connor as he broke Penn State's all time career tackle record last held by Paul Posluszny at 372 with at least 3 more games to go in his Penn State career.
  • The Lion actually surfing through the senior section despite the administrations attempts to halt surfing through the senior section because the Lion would end up climbing into the suites and that is a 'hazard'. I say the rich alumni shelling out bundles of cash for those suites can suck it up and enjoy the Lion climbing into their window.
  • The alumni side of the stadium starting up 'We Are' chants more often today than they've done all season combined. Well done alumni. I believe we are beginning to evolveinto a more proactive crowd here at Penn State.
posted by Nittany White Out @ 10:46 AM  
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