Saturday, September 4, 2010
PSU overcomes slow start behind Bolden
By Adam Rittenberg
Penn State fans can't be feeling too comfortable after the first two quarters of the 2010 season, and it has little to do with Rob Bolden.
The true freshman quarterback has done some nice things in his first career start, completing 13 of 19 passes for 133 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Bolden's interception wasn't his fault, as Derek Moye slipped on the play, and he bounced back nicely to fire a 20-yard touchdown pass to Brett Brackett. He looks like a freshman at times, but that's to be expected.
Penn State closed the half on a good note and leads 16-7, but both the offense and defense struggled for the first 20 minutes or so. Youngstown State's Dominique Barnes outran several Penn State defenders on an 80-yard score and true freshman Kurt Hess has completed 7 of 9 passes. Tom Bradley's unit needs to pick it up before a huge Week 2 test at Alabama. Penn State also has struggled to get the run game going with Evan Royster.
The Lions' MVP so far has been kicker Collin Wagner, who is 3-for-3 on field-goal attempts, splitting the uprights from 44, 48 and 49 yards. After Penn State's struggles on special teams last season, Wagner's start is a promising sign.