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 The straight scoop
 from Colonel Mustard

 

Sept. 15, 2002 -- 12:15 a.m. EDT

We're on the road back to Altoona trying to get a handle on the mess we just saw. Obviously Penn State was the better team tonight, the disappointing part was they definitely weren't more talented than we were. As opposed to times we've just been plain outclassed (i.e. last year's Rose Bowl) this game was very, very winnable and in our reach.

Got to watch the game from basically field level in the north end zone. Our second-quarter touchdown drive could have been a defining moment for the team. It was a nice blend of running, passing and play selections that made us look like we knew what we were doing. I'm not sure where those guys went.

The disappointing part was the lack of effort and the confusion in the second half. Especially on the defensive side. Guys running wide open in the secondary time and time again with no one close. Overrunning basic draws and counters. Compounding some of the mental and players mistakes was the fact we seemed to be running in substitutes haphazardly and no real plan from the coaches as well.

Unfortunately, Jammal did little to silence his detractors. We had Davis running wide open from the slot several times and Jamaal was locked in on a single receiver.

There will be more to follow from the plane ride home and next week, but this was a total team breakdown, we'll see how Frank and the players can respond.
 
-- The Colonel