Unfortunately, waking up this morning didn’t provide the reprieve that Penn State players, coaches and fans were looking for.
That punch-in-the-gut 17-16 loss to Virginia Saturday afternoon wasn’t some kind of cruel nightmare. It actually did happen and no amount of sleep could erase it.
Clearly, the missed kicks were the focus yesterday and will be for a long time to come. They should be. If just one of the four missed field goals is good, the Nittany Lions win – that included a 20-yarder.
It’s a game they controlled and dominated and should’ve won. And it’s a game they would’ve won if just one more field goal were made.
That being said, I’d also like to direct your attention to another third-and-long play that sticks out like a sore thumb in an otherwise strong defensive performance.
In the opening game against Ohio, a third-and-long dying quail that should’ve been intercepted turned into a touchdown and completely changed the game.
Saturday against Virginia, a third-an...