Penn State-Purdue: I'm Coming Home, I'm Coming Home, Tell the World I'm Coming Home

Penn State-Purdue: I'm Coming Home, I'm Coming Home, Tell the World I'm Coming Home

Homecoming is a great time on any college campus, but at Penn State there is just something special about the atmosphere, and we're not talking about the stench of the homecoming festivities from Friday evening either.
 
This weekend the color of the season (I hear they come and go, but I will never change) will be filled with the eye-catching red, orange and yellow on the drive in to State College, but will have plenty of blue and white surrounding Beaver Stadium, when Penn State looks to move to 6-1 and getting the second half of the season off on the right foot.
 

Despite a continuing quarterback debate, which seems to have been finalized based upon on-field performance (Matt McGloin), Penn state will likely use two quarterbacks against Purdue, who also has some quarterback issues to sort through it seems. McGloin has put up the better overall numbers compared to sophomore Rob Bolden, who seems to have lost his sense of confidence on the field leading the offense compared to his freshman swagger. The coaching may be to blame for this development by mishandling him ever since he was knocked out with a concussion last season. For better or for worse, McGloin looks to be the guy that will take charge in the huddle moving forward.
 
Purdue head coach Danny Hope says that preparing for two different quarterbacks should not make much of a difference, though.
 
“You have to assume that both the quarterbacks should be able to run somewhat of the same system so that everybody on the football team doesn't have to change just because which quarterback's in the game,” Hope said this week. “Both the quarterbacks can run the same offense in a lot of ways, and then there's some things that one quarterback might do a little bit better than the other quarterback. And you have a plan, and you identify those guys when they're in there on the field just like you would any other personnel adjustment.”
 
Both of the quarterbacks may be able to run the same plays, in theory, but those who have watched Penn State have seen two different offenses on the field. When Bolden is on the field he is often under pressure and his receivers rarely come up with a big catch. When McGloin is under center somehow the receivers manage to hold on to the football better.
 
McGloin will be without his favorite target this weekend (and next) as Derek Moye has been sidelined with a brokenfifth metatarsal bone (that’s in his foot). He is reported to have fallen down some stairs. Hmm, OK.
 
Against Purdue, Penn State should be able to survive without Moye, but they will certainly hope he comes back soon before the tough games in November creep up. Next week’s game against Illinois could be trouble, but we’ll worry about that next week.
 
As for this week, look for another stellar outing from the Penn State defense, which continues to impress. Pay attention to the play of defensive tackle Devon Still, who is starting to become a popular name in the sport. If the Eagles want to scout any defensive tackles, Still would certainly be worth checking out. The massive defensive tackle often finds himself in the offensive backfield disrupting the quarterback or running back. Don’t be surprised if he causes some problems against Purdue’s offensive line.
 
Nick will have your look at today’s Temple home game against Buffalo coming up shortly.

Best of NBA: Russell Westbrook posts 5th straight triple-double in Thunder's win over Pelicans

Best of NBA: Russell Westbrook posts 5th straight triple-double in Thunder's win over Pelicans

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook became the first player with five consecutive triple-doubles since Michael Jordan had seven straight in 1989 and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the New Orleans Pelicans 101-92 on Sunday night.

Westbrook finished with 28 points, 17 rebounds and 12 assists. The Thunder have won all five games during Westbrook's triple-double stretch. It was Westbrook's 10th triple-double of the season and the 47th of his career.

Enes Kanter had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Victor Oladipo added 15 points for the Thunder.

Anthony Davis, the NBA's leading scorer, had 37 points and 15 rebounds for the Pelicans. Buddy Hield, who led nearby Oklahoma to the Final Four last season, scored 16 points in his first game back in the state (see full recap).

Rose, Anthony help Knicks hold off Kings
NEW YORK -- Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony each scored 20 points and the New York Knicks held off the Sacramento Kings 106-98 on Sunday night for their eighth win in 11 games.

The Knicks took a 21-point lead in the first half, gave up 18 consecutive points in the third quarter but outplayed the Kings down the stretch to win their third straight overall and improve to 9-3 at home.

Brandon Jennings added 19 points for New York and Kristaps Porzingis finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds.

DeMarcus Cousins had 36 points and 12 rebounds for the Kings, but shot just 9 for 30 and looked fatigued while struggling late while playing the entire second half (see full recap).

Ibaka's big night leads Magic past Pistons
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Serge Ibaka scored 21 points and blocked four shots, helping the Orlando Magic beat the Detroit Pistons 98-92 on Sunday night.

Nikola Vucevic added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Magic.

Pistons guard Reggie Jackson made his season debut after missing Detroit's first 21 games with knee tendinitis. He had 18 points in 23 minutes. Marcus Morris led Detroit with 21 points.

Orlando won for the third time in four games while Detroit had its three-game winning streak snapped.

On Jackson's first possession, the Pistons went to their bread-and-butter play -- he and Andre Drummond running a high pick and roll. Jackson came off the screen and hit a 3-pointer, bringing a cheer from the small crowd. Jackson played the first 5:50 of the quarter as Detroit built a 16-10 lead (see full recap).

Best of NHL: Canadiens avoid winless California trip with SO win over Kings

Best of NHL: Canadiens avoid winless California trip with SO win over Kings

LOS ANGELES -- Paul Byron scored the clinching goal in the fourth round of the shootout, and the Montreal Canadiens avoided a winless swing through California with a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday.

Max Pacioretty had two goals and an assist for the Canadiens, who won for just the second time in seven road games. Montreal had only one win in its previous 11 games in California before scoring three times in the four-round shootout.

Alexander Radulov and Andrew Shaw also scored and Carey Price made 27 saves for the Atlantic Division-leading Canadiens.

Jeff Carter and Drew Doughty had a goal and an assist apiece for the Kings, who lost for only the second time in eight games. Peter Budaj stopped 26 shots (see full recap).

DeKeyser gives Red Wings OT win over Isles
NEW YORK -- Danny DeKeyser scored 1:02 into overtime to give Detroit a victory over New York.

Mike Green scored twice and Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and assist for Detroit, which improved to 4-1-2 in its last seven games. Peter Mrazek stopped 32 shots to improve to 3-0-2 in his past five starts.

Anders Lee, Johnny Boychuk and Josh Bailey scored for New York, which had won a season-high three straight. Jaroslav Halak finished with 30 saves.

Detroit's Frans Nielsen had an assist while facing his former team for the first time since leaving the Islanders for a six-year, $31.5 million deal with the Red Wings last summer. The 32-year-old Danish center was selected by the Islanders in the third round of the 2002 draft and had 119 goals and 230 assists over 10 seasons in New York (see full recap).

Late goal lifts Jets over Blackhawks
CHICAGO -- Andrew Copp scored the tiebreaking goal with 4:45 left, Bryan Little got his third goal in three games and Winnipeg edged Chicago.

Copp beat Scott Darling on the stick side with a shot from the right circle that slipped just inside the left post.

Chicago's Artemi Panarin scored with 6:54 remaining to tie it at 1, moments after Copp hit the post, to spoil Connor Hellebuyck's bid for a second shutout against Chicago in less than a month. Panarin completed a give-and-go with Patrick Kane, beating Hellebuyck to the glove side.

Hellebuyck finished with 25 saves and outdueled Darling, who started his second straight game for the Blackhawks in place of No. 1 goalie Corey Crawford. Darling made 30 saves, including three on breakaways.

Little's power-play goal with 43.4 seconds left in the second period was his fourth point in four games since missing 23 with a lower-body injury (see full recap)