September 16, 2006
For those of you without ESPNU, you didn't miss much.
In fact, the way the game played out, you'd think ESPN had advance knowledge of how lackluster the Penn State -Youngstown State game would be.
Instead of the dominating performance one would expect from the Nittany Lions against a Div. I-AA foe, Penn State could only muster three points in its first four offensive possessions.
However, roughly an hour into the game, true freshman A.J. Wallace provided the much-needed spark that was necessary to get the Lions' offense rolling.
Lined up as a receiver on the left side of the field, Wallace took a reverse 76 yards down the right sideline and into the end zone with pure speed.
While still not a run-up-the-score type effort, the Nittany Lions easily controlled the rest of the contest with the Penguins. Then 10-0, the Lions needed only six more plays to convert an interception into a touchdown and a 17-point lead.
In looking back at the game, the Penn State locker room quickly pointed to Wallace's explosive play as the catalyst to the team's early sluggishness.
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