Highs and Lows: Blue-White Game

Check out the Highs and Lows from the Blue's 67-47 win over White on Saturday afternoon.


The Nittany Lions newest threat out of the backfield had a very good day on Saturday. Though he finished second on the team in rushing (Deron Thompson had a productive 97 yards on the ground), Lynch was able to average 6.4 yards per carry en route to an 83-yard day. He was also able to get across the goal line from a yard out for the first score of the game. With Zach Zwinak limited and on the bench, Lynch made the most of his opportunity.

GAME BALL (DEFENSE) - Austin Johnson

There was a buzz about Johnson all spring, and without DaQuan Jones there on Saturday Johnson made the most of his opportunity. He finished with a team-high five tackles, two sacks and a tackle for loss in his Blue-White Game debut. Tip of the hat to Brad Bars as well, who finished with at least two sacks.

PLAY OF THE GAME - Tight end Jesse James showed that he's going to be a force moving forward, as he toyed with early-enrollee cornerback Jordan Smith and got open for Tyler Ferguson in the back of the end zone. Sure, he bobbled the catch and may or may not have landed out of bounds, but hey, it's the spring game. It was fun to watch.

BEST PASS - Steven Bench surveyed the field and hit tight end Brent Wilkerson right in the chest with a laser in the back of the end zone for his first touchdown pass of the day, which came in the third quarter.

BEST PASS 2 - Tyler Ferguson got outside of the pocket in the red zone and hit early-enrollee receiver Richy Anderson in the front corner of the north end zone for his second touchdown pass of the day in the fourth quarter.

WORST PASS - Tyler Ferguson looked deep in the third quarterback but changed his mind in the middle of his windup and instead spiked the ball for an incompletion

BEST RUN - Star wide receiver Allen Robinson didn't get a ton of time on Saturday, but he did showcase his playmaking ability by taking an end around for a 29-yard gain in the first quarter.

BEST RUN 2 - Deron Thompson found a hole off the right side in the third quarter and was able to race 41 yards into the red zone for the longest run of the day.

WORST RUN On the very next play, Thompson found absolutely nothing off the left side and was dropped for a 2-yard loss.

BEST CATCH - Redshirt freshman Eugene Lewis flashed some hands with a one-handed grab on Tyler Ferguson's first throw of the game, which went for eight yards in the first quarter.

WORST DROP - Redshirt freshman Brent Wilkerson was poised for a big gain from quarterback Austin Whipple in the third quarter, but he was unable to hang on to a ball that was right in his hands.

WORST FUMBLE - Tyler Ferguson didn't get off to a great start on his first drive as he fumbled his second snap. He was able to get back on the ball to minimize the harm.

BEST KICK - Penn State did its special teams a little different this year, as the Nittany Lions practiced its kickoff coverage before the game. Kicker Sam Ficken showed a strong leg in putting several balls into the end zone despite a steady wind.

WORST KICK - We thought that Sam Ficken was past his demons, but the returning starter missed a field goal in the second quarter and an extra point after a score in the third.

BEST HIT - The White team tried to move the chains in the first quarter with a screen pass from Tyler Ferguson to running back Deron Thompson, but the receiver was smacked by Nyeem Wartman for a loss on the play.

BEST SACK - Penn State fans are hoping to see defensive end Deion Barnes get to the quarterback plenty in the fall, and was able to track down his first victim of 2013 with a sack in the first quarter.

BEST PICK - 'Run on' defensive back Jesse Merise was the beneficiary of a tipped ball off the hands of receiver Jared Fagnano in the second quarter hat was the first of two picks on the day for the Nittany Lions.

BEST CALL - Penn State did its best to keep its top players out of harm's way coming out of the spring, and despite Zach Zwinak leaving the game with a hand injury, the Nittany Lions were pretty successful at avoiding the injury bug this spring.

WORST CALL - It snowed at several different times on Saturday afternoon. Obviously that wasn't a call anyone on the field made, but it's April 20, that's just not cool.

HEADS UP AWARD - Run on linebacker Jonathan Zuk was in the right place at the right time, as a throw from quarterback D.J. Crook sailed over the intended receiver and into his arms for the Nittany Lions' second interception.


For those looking for some separation from the two contenders for the starting quarterback job on Saturday, the Blue-White Game didn't do much for you. Steven Bench led a nice touchdown drive to start the game, and finished 9 of 15 for 99 yards and a touchdown. Tyler Ferguson also finished 9 of 15 for 90 yards and two touchdowns.

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