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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Penn State 55 Syracuse 13

Penn State warms up a few minutes before the game.
Taken on her phone by Kristin

Well, winning is a wonderful thing, but competition is what makes winning more satisfying. Three games in a row, the 1st quarter score would have been an impressive final score.

One fun thing near the end of the broadcast - we saw our college friend Linda cheering for the TV camera with a group holding a Joe Pa sign.

No. 17 Penn State Romps Again, Defeats Syracuse 55-13
Joe Paterno earns his 375th win as the Nittany Lions' first meeting with the Orange since 1990 ends in a victory.
Sept. 13, 2008 SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -A day after celebrating its glorious past, Syracuse went right back to reminding fans of its dismal present.
With former stars in town for the premiere of a movie celebrating Ernie Davis, No. 17 Penn State renewed the rivalry between the schools with an old-fashioned beating, gaining nearly 400 yards in the first half on the way to a 55-13 win.
Jordan Norwood and Deon Butler each caught a pair of touchdown passes before halftime in the first game between the old rivals in 18 years, giving Joe Paterno his 375th win as Penn State coach.
Fourth-year Syracuse coach Greg Robinson, his job on the line, had his record drop to 7-31.
The lopsided loss before an orange-clad crowd of 45,795 came the day after former stars Jim Brown, Floyd Little, Art Monk, Don McPherson, and 40 members of the unbeaten 1959 team attended premiere of "The Express," a movie about Ernie Davis. He was the star of that championship team and in 1961 became the first black player to win the Heisman Trophy, two before he died of leukemia.
The schools met in every season except one from 1922-90, but the series ended when the Big East was formed and Penn State joined the Big Ten. Today, the programs are headed in opposite directions and it didn't take long to see that.
Penn State (3-0) outgained Syracuse 191-5 in the first quarter, and the Orange (0-3) did not get a first down until Cam Dantley hit Grant Mayes for a 26-yard gain early in the second with Syracuse already trailing 28-0.
There was little indication this game once meant so much to Eastern football. Syracuse, a 27 1/2-point underdog, was outgained 393-42 in the first half, getting just 4 yards on 13 rushing attempts.
Penn State, which led 38-6 at halftime, has scored at least 35 points in the opening half of all three of its games, the first time the Nittany Lions have done that since 1994

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