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Postcards from Pasadena: PSU offense must be efficient

December 30, 2008 - Cory Giger

Penn State's offense can't make mistakes or turn the ball over against USC. But this isn't the greatest defense ever assembled, and the Lions will have a chance to win if they play well offensively. They do not have to play a perfect game, just good enough to control field position and not let scoring opportunities slip away.

"They're not invincible," receiver Jordan Norwood said of USC's defense. "I think they know that. You've just got to play hard. For us, we've got to stick to our game plan, and when it comes down to it score more points than they do."

Quarterback Daryll Clark said one thing in particular has been emphasized in practice by Joe Paterno.

"Joe has been really on me about not taking a sack," Clark said. "We can't take a sack against these guys."

The reason is because that can crush PSU's field position and put the Lions in third-and-long situations, which would play right into USC's hands.

"If there's any opportunity to score points, we have to do it," Clark said.

He also added, "We're not going to be very tricky. We're just going to line up and play Penn State ball."

That means hard-nosed, smash-mouth football with a balanced offense, a lot of running plays and trying to establish control of the line of scrimmage.


Article Comments

Dec-30-2008 10:09 AM

A scary comment above----"we are not going to be tricky....." brex4u Fight on State


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