September 19 Philadelphia Inquirer:
In the end, the 22d-ranked Lions posted a 24-0 shutout of the Golden Flashes in front of a crowd of a little more than 100,000, taking small steps forward in some areas and holding on to lingering concern in their running game.
“I think we made some” progress, Paterno said after picking up career win No. 396. “We were a little more sound defensively. We hustled to the ball a little bit better. I thought the tackling overall was a little bit better. We still have a long way to go. We went a little bit backwards in other spots.”
Getting the defense right was important, considering the alarming number of missed tackles in the loss to the Crimson Tide. It’s not that the Lions (2-1) played perfectly Saturday, but they allowed only 228 total yards and no points, their first shutout since last season against Minnesota.
“That’s real important,” defensive tackle Devon Still said. “That builds our confidence a lot, because last week we didn’t do a good job. We had our heads down after the game, but we worked hard in practice. We wanted to come out tenacious and not worry about the past. We wanted to focus on the future, and we got a shutout.”
Cornerback D’Anton Lynn gave the Nittany Lions momentum right away, intercepting Spencer Keith on the third play from scrimmage to set up the first touchdown, Bolden’s 1-yard run. Nickelback Derrick Thomas posted another pick, catching a deflected deep pass at the Penn State 6 just before halftime.
“We came out Monday and said we’re going to put the Alabama game in the past,” Lynn said. “We’ve been working on Kent State all week with a positive attitude. We wanted to come out here and play a lot better, and we did that. We got a shutout – that’s all that matters.”
Bolden, who completed 17 of 27 passes for 217 yards and ran for 33 on four carries, led an offense that scored touchdowns on its first two possessions, and had three punts and three turnovers on its next six. Bolden threw two interceptions and messed up an exchange with Evan Royster that led to a fumble recovered by the Golden Flashes.
“I didn’t think Bolden had a particularly good game,” Paterno said. “He took off running a few times, which I don’t want him to do. I think he threw the ball a couple of times to people he shouldn’t have. But it’s only the third ball game he has played.”
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