Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sunday Hangover: Penn State

In a game that pitted traditional college football powers, the Tide rolled.

Trent "The Beast" Richardson had an outstanding game when Alabama decided to play smashmouth football against the Penn State D. He amassed over 100 yards in the game and showed why he and Ingram are the best running back tandem in the country.

The first two TDs were pass plays to two players who haven't had touchdowns this season--Preston Dial and Kevin Norwood. McElroy did well, and the Tide used a lot of empty set formations, and the OLine blocked well.

I'm still not overly impressed by the defense. Although they got some excellent takeaways in the game and limited the Nittany Lions to a meager three points, Penn State did have some solid drives, and some people in the secondary had a number of poor plays. In particular, Kirkpatrick got beat on a few quick slant routes. I've been spoiled by watching outstanding Tide defenses over the past few years, however.

It'll be interesting to see how the offense gets even more diverse (or the same) if Ingram returns for when Alabama travels to Durham to take on Duke at Wallace Wade Stadium, named after the former Alabama and Duke Head Coach whose Alabama teams won national championships in 1925, 1926, and 1930.

Oh, Marcell Dareus (pictured above) will be back on the field next Saturday. That will be very good to see.

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