Sunday, September 7, 2008

Lions thump Beavers

Evan Royster ran for a career-high 144 yards and three touchdowns, Quarterback Daryll Clark passed for 215 yards and two touchdowns and Wideout Jordan Norwood caught eight passes for 116 yards and a touchdown, as the 19th ranked Penn State Nittany Lions rolled over the Oregon State Beavers 45-14.

The Beaver Stadium crowd of 108,159 barely had time to settle into their seats before the home team jumped out to a 14 point first quarter lead. Royster scored his first touchdown on a 15 yard run just over 5 minutes into the game. Mickey Shuler scored on a 5 yard toss from Clark with just over five minutes left in the first quarter, then Penn State put the game away with three scores in the second quarter. Royster scored twice, on runs of 28 and 4 yards in the opening 3:49. Jacquizz Rogers scored on a 12 yard run with 5:55 remaining in the half to get Oregon State on the board, but any hopes of a Beaver comeback were dashed, as Clark hit Jordan Norward with a 22 yard scoring strike with 67 seconds left in the half, giving Penn State a 35-7 lead.

The Nittany Lions(Nittany comes from the nearby mountain range of the same name) scored twice in the third. Clark ran it in from 18 yards out, then Kevin Kelly, who barely missed a 60 yard field goal attempt at the end of the first half, kicked one through from 31 yards. Jacquizz Rogers completed the scoring in the 4th quarter for the Beavers, scoring his second touchdown of the day on a 4 yard run, as Penn State rolled to the 45-14 win.

Oregon State had a respectable 342 yards total offense, 250 on 25 of 41 passing from Lyle Moevao. Jacquizz Rogers rushed 22 times for 99 yards and two touchdowns. Royster carried 17 times for 141 yards and three touchdowns for Penn State, while Clark completed 14 of 23 passes for 215 yards and two scores. The Nittany Lions had 454 yards of total offense. The Beavers were hampered by poor tackling, the occasional soft touch in the defensive backfield and a poor day by Freshman punter Johnny Hekker, who kicked 5 times for a 27.2 yard average in the first half. A glaring sign of disapointment in the punting game, was that the Beavers elected to run plays from scrimmage on every 4th down situation in the second half instead of punting, despite the lopsided score.

Oregon State now hopes to rebound from it's 0-2 start, hosting Hawaii in the Beavers home opener at Reser Stadium on Saturday, September 13th. Kickoff is set for 1:00p.m. PDT. Fox Sports Northwest has the telecast of the game.




Beaver Stadium, home of the Penn State Nittany Lions.







Andy Miller, Owner of the Battle Creek Revolution, visits before the game with former Miami Dolphins and Penn State star O. J. McDuffie.







Hello sports fans!








It's game time.








Here comes the band!








Joe Paterno, on the way to becoming the winningest coach in college football history.






Evan Royster scores the second of his three touchdowns.








Jacquizz Rogers puts the Beavers on the board.








The famed Penn State Blue Band in the midst of the student section at Beaver Stadium.







Jaquizz Rogers scores the second of his two touchdowns.








Sammie Stroughter runs back a kick.








Moevao looks downfield during 4th quarter action.








The scoreboard tells the sad story.








The teams meet after the game.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great pictures old man ;)


Rob

Rod Pedersen said...

Great pictures, great blog John. I'm linking to it this morning..

RP

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