BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart is offering his thoughts and analysis from every Big Ten game today. In this post, you can find his Snap Reactions from the Big Ten’s four afternoon games. Here are his Snap Reactions to the three early games. See what Dienhart has to say about Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern and Penn State’s victory here.
Matt McGloin threw for a career-high 318 yards and ran for two short scores, and linebacker Michael Mauti led another strong defensive effort to lead Penn State to a 24-13 win Saturday over Temple. Allen Robinson added to his torrid start as the Nittany Lions’ top receiver came up with a 41-yard touchdown catch on a fourth-down play in rookie coach Bill O’Brien’s new offense.
Penn State’s secondary stifled the passing game allowing just 12 yards through the air to Temple in the third quarter, and the Nittany Lions now lead 21-6. Penn State made it 21-3 when Matt McGloin turned a quarterback sneak into a two-yard touchdown run on the last play of an 11-play, 80-yard drive.
Penn State racked up 99 passing yards in the quarter, and the Nittany Lions now lead 14-3. Temple finished off a 58-yard drive when Brandon McManus kicked a 34-yard field goal to make the score 7-3. The Owls went to the air just two times on that drive.
Allen Robinson had a productive quarter for Penn State. He caught two passes for 45 yards and one touchdown, and the Nittany Lions lead 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.
On Thursday, Dave Revsine and our analysts Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith talked to Penn State’s Bill O’Brien during the latest episode of “#BTNLive” as Penn State prepares for Temple on Saturday. The Nittany Lions’ first-year football coach talked about many things, including the differences between preparing for games in the NFL and in college football. Part of the conversation focused on Penn State’s offense. “At the end of the day, there have been times when we run the ball pretty well,” O’Brien said. “We’ve shown signs of being able to run the football.” Watch the interview in this post.
It’s time for my weekly ranking of the Big Ten’s slate of games and Week 4 holds some intriguing matchups. See where your team’s game ranks on my list and get my complete preview of all ten Big Ten games (Purdue and Indiana are off this week).
Last week, I opened the column by dwelling on the negative. Not happening this week. We’re starting with the positive – the Big Ten’s three unbeaten teams.
Every week, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) offer their predictions for each Big Ten football game. We also provide a poll for all of the games so fans can vote for their winners. After three weeks, it’s Tom and BTN.com fans on top, at 28-8, while Brent is in the cellar, at 27-9. See our Week 4 predictions and choose your winners in this post.
As I do every Wednesday, I have questions that I hope are answered Saturday. One week away from the start of Big Ten play, here are my most pressing queries for the 10 Big Ten teams in action this week.