Originally posted on Nittany Lions Den  |  Last updated 9/26/13
  Amidst all of the hope and elation of our sanction reductions (more to come), this week’s article will focus back on the field. And this week, my usually cheery self has a bone to pick. The most maddening playcalling I can ever remember as a Penn State fan was the 2007 game at Michigan State. The Spartans were just starting to grow into the perennial top-30 team that they are today, and they took a narrow lead on Penn State late in the game. Penn State took the ensuing kickoff and rushed down the field quite easily (even with a backup, converted running back) to about the Spartan 25. And then, Penn State decided to throw. Four straight balls. Four straight incompletions. Game over. MSU 35, PSU 31. My theory on that playcalling—de facto offensive coordinator Jay Paterno wanted to send out senior quarterback Anthony Morelli a hero. Saturday’s mid-game playcalling sure seemed reminiscent of that mentality. It seemed like O’Brien wanted to dial up an eye-grabbing s...
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