Today is our first official 10 Minutes or Less of the 2011 Penn State football season. For those of you new to this, Tim and I will post one video each week of the regular season, highlighting a past game between Penn State and the current week’s opponent (example – PSU vs Bama will have a past PSU vs Bama highlight video). Today we go back once more 20 years, to the season opener for Penn State: The 1991 Kickoff Classic.
Georgia Tech had just won a national title in 1990. Penn State had just beaten a number one team in 1990. Both teams’ hopes were high heading into the 1991 college football season. But everything centered on the season opener, the Kickoff Classic in the New Jersey Meadowlands.
Ramblin’ Wreck against the Beast of the East, North vs South, and all that jazz. If one thing was not expected in this one, it was a complete domination by one team over the other.
Penn State accomplished that feat, jumping out to an insurmountable 34-3 through three quarters. Georgia Tech couldn’t run, couldn’t throw, couldn’t stop the Nittany Lions to save its life. Tony Sacca and the new pass-first Penn State offense was cooking early and often. The senior quarterback finished the game with a Penn State record five touchdown passes on 13 of 24 pass attempts for 206 yards.
Though allowing 19 points in the final four minutes of the game, “Linebacker U” was dominant on defense, shutting down the Yellow Jackets for 56 minutes. From the five first-half turnovers, to the cold stop on fourth down, Penn State had its way with Georgia Tech. Enjoy…