With Penn State’s offense currently claiming residence in the south lot porta-potty tanks, and an 1992 Eastern Michigan game tape that turned out to be silent coaches film (unusable for 10 MOL), I reached into my bag of toys to find this game I had cut up over 15 months ago but never used. Forgive me for the poor editing quality. I did this back when all I had to work with was Windows Movie Maker and had only two or three videos under my belt. We needed to have something up this week for you to enjoy, so here it is.
In the second game of the 2008 season, the 19th-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions, boasting 29 wins and three bowl victories in three seasons, played host to the Oregon State Beavers, who themselves were coming off 19 wins and two bowl victories in two seasons. Penn State was expected to be pretty decent in 2008, but with a new quarterback and young running back, and unproven linebackers on defense, the buzz around Happy Valley was tempered to say the least. Oregon State was a program that always overachieved, knocking off No. 2 USC in 2006. But the Beavers dropped their season opener at Stanford the week before heading to Beaver Stadium, diminishing the hype around the game against Penn State.
Led by first year starters quarterback Daryll Clark and running back Evan Royster, the Lions rolled to a 45-14 victory, on their way to the 2008 Big Ten Championship, Rose Bowl berth and an 11-2 record. The Beavers would recover from the loss, defeated No. 1 USC the very next week, and finished the year ranked No. 24 with nine wins.
In retrospect, this victory should go down as one of the most impressive performances by Penn State during the 2000s. Enjoy, but don’t get too excited and think we’ll see this kind of offensive efficiency again anytime soon…