Somebody please slap me, this just wasn’t supposed to happen…Penn State wasn’t supposed to travel into Columbus, score the game’s only TD and come up with a couple of clutch turnovers. Penn State hadn’t played anybody of note, they were supposed to get brought back down to Earth tonight by a hungry Buckeye team supported by a fanbase who feel it’s their constitutional right to play in the BCS Championship Game.
Well guess what: All you talking heads on ESPN, especially those who wrote off PSU’s schedule or donned giant Buckeye heads on College Gameday (Lee Corso) can put it in your straws and SUCK IT…Suck it long, and suck it hard with Alex Trebek! This Penn State team just has it…And by “It” I’m talking about pure iron will, the refusal to throw the towel in no matter how drastic the circumstances..these kids simply refuse to lose, period.
I’ll admit, things looked pretty hopeless after Kevin Kelly shanked that field goal in the 4th quarter that would’ve tied the game and OSU was suddenly running the ball with a little more ease. I had my head buried in my hands, ready to mourn yet another promising season gone bad, right along with the 1997, 1999, and 2005 campaigns where we won our first several games and shot up into the Top 5 before losing…That was until Pryor foolishly decided to run outside and had the ball popped loose which led to a series of fortunate events for us.
Honestly, I don’t know what else to say…Hats off to OSU and their defense for keeping our offense in check most of the night. Pryor will also be a gamer someday, but his time just hasn’t arrived yet.
Right now, it’s Miami or bust. I’m 100% convinced this team has the intangibles in place to complement their talent offensively and defensively to win the national title.
One more thing before I sign off: If anyone is in downtown State College celebrating or observing the riots occuring and happens to be taking digital snapshots, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, send them my way via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). I will happily post them on this blog for the rest of the PSU community to enjoy. Spread the wealth…