Michigan 2

Well one thing is certain, the Ghost of Ann Arbor sure was PO-ed and that’s putting it as mildly as I can. They sought revenge and darn if they didn’t get it. To the tune of a 42-7 trouncing, the likes of which we haven’t seen since the last time we made the trip to Ann Arbor two years ago. My hats off to Michigan for finally putting it all together, but please remember this: YOU travel into the Lions Den a year from now and we won’t forget all the shenanigans that went on inside the Big House when you do. Circle the date now Nittany Nation, October 19, 2019, is going to be the Wolverines worst nightmare. Mark it down and note that you heard it here first.

All that’s left for us is to pick our heads up and face the aftermath. Most of you may only look at the final score but the way I see it, we still had them on the ropes deep into the third quarter when Tommy Stevens threw his pick 6. Maybe he should have come in sooner or maybe we should have stuck with our leader until the bitter end, I’ll leave that up to you all to battle out, but until that ill-advised throw, I thought our defense was hanging tough and making life hell on them. In the end, we ran out of gas, but I’ve got to admit I’m starting to see a silver lining in all of this: the rapid growth of our young D.

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No Game Ball or Helmet Stickers today but shout-outs go to Yetur Gross-Matos, Nick Scott, Shareef Miller, Garrett Taylor, and Micah Parsons for one heck of a game. Blake Gilliken showed off his leg with some booming punts. Tight end Pat Freiermuth, true freshman Jahon Dotson, and of course Mr. Electricity, KJ Hamler, were lone stars in an offense that could never get off the ground against the nation’s No. 1 ranked D. A year after piling up well over 500 yards against Michigan, I think we went into halftime with a grand total of 33. Dismal and out-of-sync to say the least. There’s no other way to sugarcoat it, but again, take a good look at our ‘growing up on the fly’ defense if you need a little inspiration.

We may have had an October to forget and a first week in November that we can use on our own tour of revenge next year, but there are three very winnable games left on our plate and it all starts with a banged-up Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon in Happy Valley. Now is not the time to quit on our Nittany Lions. It’s time to circle our wagons like only we can and help our team get back on track! A 10-win campaign is not out of the realm of possibility, so for all those that think our season died in Ann Arbor, you’re wrong. And with that, I’ll leave you with a cherished quote that is most appropriate at a time like this as we all regroup for the home stretch. They’re words that we should all be reminded of from time to time from our beloved Coach Paterno: “Losing a game is heartbreaking. Losing your sense of excellence or worth is a tragedy.”

Eric Herrold was born in State College and has bled Penn State Blue and White ever since. He is currently the proud owner/coordinator of the rapidly growing Facebook fanpage Nittany Nation, as well as a member of Success With Honor, the non-profit charitable organization. Eric currently resides in Richmond, Virginia spreading Penn State cheer and goodwill to all that will listen!

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