Penn State Football ‘Focused Dominance’ Emerges | What We Learned vs. Delaware

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Penn State Football head coach James Franklin and offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich (Photo by Randy Litzinger/Icon Sportswire)

My philosophy is this: you win or you learn. But calling yesterday’s “game” a learning experience for the Delaware Blue Hens would be an undersell, after what happened against Penn State Football.

To their credit the Hens kept it close – until kickoff that is.

Shortly after that it was clear that the Nittany Lions had zero interest in playing down to their opponents.

Be that as it may, let’s take a look at three things the visitors learned about what it’s like getting thrown to the Lions on any given Saturday. (see what I did there?)

Penn State Football: 3 Things We Learned vs. Delaware

Penn State’s Got Your Backs

Nick Singleton and Kaytron Allen combined for 23 carries and 121 yards against West Virginia in the season opener last week. Saturday, the dynamic duo surpassed those totals in the first half alone.

At the 30 minute mark the sophomore wonder twins tallied 25 carries for 122 yards and four touchdowns, three by Singleton.

Singleton and Allen finished with 31 rushes for 151 yards … while playing just a smidge into the third quarter.

Spread Offense

Quarterback Drew Allar was very focused on the task at hand in the first half of play Saturday going 18-of-22 passing for 175 yards and a touchdown.

Clearly, Allar doesn’t play favorites as he hooked up with eight different receivers on his first six drives, five of them resulting in Penn State touchdowns. He played just one series in the second half, that being a 10-play 74-yard drive culminating with the star studded sophomore QB finishing the drive off himself with a one yard plunge to give the Nits a 42-7 lead with just under 25 minutes left in the contest.

After that most of the key offensive starters were given the rest of the day off.

Balance has been the key to this Penn State offense through two games. Yesterday Allar dropped back 29 times versus 31 handoffs to the aforementioned superstar one-two running back punch.

The three sophomores put up 355 yards of total offense and six touchdowns in just over two quarters of work versus Delaware.

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Staying Focused

The mark of a team’s maturity is how consistent they are despite their opponent. Penn State did not get caught looking ahead to their Big Ten Opener next week in Champagne.

James Franklin’s team took a slightly more subdued Beaver Stadium field yesterday and exercised their dominance over a decent FCS school from the kid-off. That’s a good sign for the Nits as most championship teams carry the elements of consistency and confidence throughout most of a long season.

Saturday’s 63-7 victory showcased the strengths of this Penn State unit in just a half of football. If only I had the foresight to predict what unfolded yesterday in just a half of football in my Friday predictions. Oh wait, I did.

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A proud graduate of Villanova University, Staszak’s first gig in the industry was with PRISM sports in 1989, covering the four local home teams, the Flyers, 76ers and Phillies while also covering the Randall Cunningham-led Philadelphia Eagles. It was at PRISM where Staszak produced live games and began his career as an on-air reporter. After a couple of brief stints with CBS-3, WB-17 and WGAL-8 in Lancaster, PA, Staszak began a 12 year stretch at FOX 29 where he became the lead sportscaster in 2007. It was there that Staszak found himself in the middle of Philadelphia Phillies World Series Championship coverage that earned him an Emmy nomination for best sports reporter in 2008. It was one of five Emmy nominations that Staszak earned over the course of his career. All told Staszak covered three World Series, two Stanley Cup Finals, an NBA Finals and one Super Bowl during his television run. Staszak left the TV business for 97.5 The Fanatic in 2013, where he enjoyed eight years bloviating his beliefs on how a professional football team should be run. In 2018 when he fortunate enough to be the first sports talk host in the city, along with cohort Zach Gelb, to provide post-game coverage of the first Super Bowl Championship for the city’s beloved Philadelphia Eagles. Staszak was also a writer for 97.5 The Fanatic along with 4 Philly Sports and now covers Penn State athletics for NittanyCentral.com.