Penn State Wins in Columbus!
Penn State came from behind late in the fourth to beat Ohio State 13-6. I missed the game (downloading the broadcast now) because I was at Game 3 of the World Series. From everything I've seen, it looked like a great defensive battle. Pat Devlin scored the go-ahead touchdown with a little over 6 minutes left and Kevin Kelly later added a field goal to give the Nittany Lions a 7 point lead. With 30 seconds left, Terrell Pryor threw into triple coverage and Lydell Sergeant made a great interception, staying in bounds to secure the win.
It was a huge win for the Nittany Lions who now improved to 9-0 (5-0 Big 10). With the win, Penn State also inched closer to both Texas and Alabama in the BCS standings. After next weeks bye, Penn State will travel to Iowa before hosting Indiana and Michigan State at home. They have a very good opportunity to run the table and if that happens, they might be playing for a National title. They ended the streak against Michigan. They ended the streak in Columbus. Is this their year?
Here is a good article on the Penn State defense by ESPN's Ivan Maisel.
Temple making a bid for the MAC title game.
Sure, they 3-5 overall, but 2-3 in the Mac Standings. Luckily for them, the MAC East division is terrible. Currently, Akron sits on top, 2-2 in the conference. On Tuesday night, Temple scored 14 4th quarter points to knock off Ohio 14-10.
Temple has been the victim of late comeback wins this year, but they finally notched one of their own. Temple has 3 MAC games left and a very good chance to overtake the East Divison. After traveling to Navy, they will travel to Kent State (2-6), and return home for Eastern Michigan (2-7) and Akron (4-4). After all the tough losses, it'll be huge for Temple to finish the season on a roll. With 4 games left, it'll take at least a 3-1 record to be eligible for a bowl (unless they make the MAC title game with a worse record. Akron's schedule is also easy, so it'll be up to whomever can take care of their own business.
A bowl berth for the Owls will be huge for a University lookin to right the ship.
Don't worry Villanova, your league has playoffs!
Villanova suffered a heart-breaking loss on homecoming. #1 ranked James Madison scored on a 35 yard pass with no time left to defeat the Wildcats at home. Villanova had the opportunity to pin James Madison deep in their own zone, but Joe Marcoux's punt went only 14 yards. With the decent field position, James Madison drove down for the game-winning score.
Don't worry Villanova fans, the chance of a national title are not over. Unless the FBS, your league actually has a playoff system. Villanova may drop in the pools, but it won't be mouch. They gave the top team in the country a good fight and were seconds away from winning.
Keep your head up.
Penn State Wins in Columbus!
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