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Old 01-21-2009, 08:04 PM
 
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Now that I have recapped the game, I have come to the conclusion that JoePa lost that game

They lost that game because he failed not in preparation, or recruiting, but at in-game adjustment making

Sanchez was throwing cheese because the secondary was too short

Well PSU has taller players in their secondary but they were obviously not used, or they could have at least gone to a nickel package, and he didnt do that either

He did not even make any adjustments, he kept the same game plan the whole game

Also on offense, he could have picked up something from Pete Carroll and used his own tall receivers, USC secondary would have had the same problems they were giving PSU
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Old 01-22-2009, 02:05 AM
 
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I don't think it has anything to do with players. The best athletes will play, regardless of height. Patrick Turner for USC might be tall, but Damian Williams was the best WR that day, and he's no taller than 6 ft.

As for play calling, Paterno I doubt even does that. He's just there and has no control over play calling I don't think. The D-Co, could have mixed things up, opposed to the Cover 3 they ran all game. I don't remember many blitzes, just vanilla cover 3 all game. Which made the Post route for USC their money ball, right inbetween the CB and the FS.
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Old 01-22-2009, 02:11 AM
 
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I was watching that at the home of a Penn State alum who's a friend of mine. While I was rooting for USC, I was doing it rather tactfully (runningbackhk, you might well say I was doing it in a fairly Canadian way). I'm not sure any adjustments would have helped Happy Valley that day--they were getting shot to rags from the start.
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Old 01-23-2009, 09:52 PM
 
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Penn State couldn't compete with the USC athletes, end of story. They were completely dominated on both sides of the ball and coaching wouldn't have changed that. The better team won, easily.
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