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Penn State Football: Get Out Your No. 2 Pencil, it’s a Midterm Exam

by on October 14, 2012 10:05 PM

It’s a big week for midterms at Penn State. In the classroom and on the football field.

Monday marks the start of the eighth week of the 15-week semester. And Saturday marks the second half of the dozen-game season for the 4-2 Nittany Lions, who play the 4-2 Hawkeyes in Iowa City.

So, it's a good time for an exam.

If you’ve been coming to class in Beaver Stadium, taking notes while reading my column and using your yellow highlighter on the weekly statistics, you should do fine on the following test. And yes, I do realize this an unannounced exam. So you may use your notes.

The test begins…now:

1. Match these 2012 passing statistics with the following quarterbacks: Matt McGloin, Penn State; Rob Bolden, LSU; Danny O’Brien, Wisconsin:

a.) 47 of 75, 479 yards, 1 int., 3 TD passes, 95.8 yards per game

b.) 136 of 221, 1,499 yards, 2 int., 12 TD passes, 249.8 ypg

c.) 0 of 0, 0 yards, 0 int., 0 TD passes, 0 ypg

2. Who is the only active Penn State kicker – past, present or pro – to miss a kick over the weekend?

a.) Sam Ficken, Penn State Nittany Lions

b.) Robbie Gould, Chicago Bears

c.) Anthony Fera, Texas Longhorns

3. Has Penn State’s offense had more running or passing plays in 2012?

a.) Pass, 264 plays to 199 plays

b.) Run, 264 to 199

c.) Pass, 234 to 229

d.) Run, 234 to 229

4. Bill O’Brien would like to beat Iowa because:

a.) It is Penn State’s biggest road test to date.

b.) One of his best friends is Iowa offensive line coach Brian Ferentz; the two coached together with the New England Patriots.

c.) You play to win the game.

d.) All of the above.

5. What is the best YouTube clip of the 2012 college football season? (Click on the answer to go directly to the YouTube video.)

a.) Michael Mauti, Illinois

b.) Matt McGloin, Northwestern

c.) Ohio State Marching Band's salute to video games

6. How many turnovers has Penn State’s offense had in 2012?

a.) 4 – 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles

b.) 5 – 2 interceptions, 3 fumbles

c.) 8 – 2 interceptions, 6 fumbles

d.) 12 – 4 interceptions, 8 fumbles

7. How many turnovers has Penn State’s defense created in 2012?

a.) 4 – 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles

b.) 5 – 2 interceptions, 3 fumbles

c.) 8 – 2 interceptions, 6 fumbles

d.) 12 – 4 interceptions, 8 fumbles

8. In recent NFL rankings by ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay, which three Penn State players were rated in the top five at their position among all college seniors?

a.) Michael Mauti, Gerald Hodges and Matt Stankiewitch

b.) Gerald Hodges, Matt Stankiewitch and Michael Mauti

c.) Matt Stankiewitch, Michael Mauti and Gerald Hodges

9. How many points has Penn State allowed in the first quarter of its first six games?

a.) minus 5

b.) 0

c.) 7

d.) 13

e.) 27

10. At Penn State basketball’s Hoops Madness on Oct. 25 at Rec Hall, a former Penn State football player will be the opening act for Big Sean. He is:

a.) Jay-P

b.) Moye to Men

c.) Mike Wallz

d.) Drake

e.) Wiz Kniewski

11. Match the wide receiver – Oklahoma’s Justin Brown and Penn State’s Allen Robinson -- with his 2012 statistics:

a.) 41 receptions, 524 yards, 12.8 yards per catch, seven TDs, 87.3 yards per game.

b.) 20 receptions, 227 ypc., two touchdowns, 45.4 ypg.

12. The following has been called for the Oct. 27 game against Ohio State in Beaver Stadium:

a.) WideOut – all first-semester students who have already gained the Freshman 15 will go through Gate A last.

b.) Whiteout – everyone wears white.

c.) Get the BuckOut – no one wearing scarlet or grey will be admitted.

13. Name the three Penn State running backs who, like Bill O’Brien, have first names that begin with the same letter as their last name.

14. Match these numbers with each of the answers below -- 3, 3.5, 4, 8:

a.) Length of average run by Penn State.

b.) Touchdowns by a PSU player whose name starts with Z.

c.) Sacks allowed by Penn State’s offensive line.

d.) Field goals made by Penn State.

15. SHORT ESSAY (250 words): Who has best hair and why?

a.) Michael Zordich

b.) Jordan Hill (beard category)

c.) Shane McGregor

d.) Bill O’Brien

BONUS: Who is the heaviest Penn State football player? And how much does he weigh?

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KEY: 1.) b-McGloin, c-Bolden, a-O’Brien. 2.) c-Fera; Gould’s Bears did not play. 3.) d-Run, 234 to 229. 4.) d-all of the above. 5.) a-Mauti and b-McGloin. 6.) b-5. 7.) d-12. 8.) a, b and c. 9.) b-0 points. 10.) c-Mike Wallz. 11.) a-Robinson, b-Brown. 12.) b-Whiteout. 13.) Bill Belton, Derek Day, Zach Zwinak. 14.) a-3.5, b-4, c-8, d-3. 15.) Short Essay: Self-grade. Bonus: DaQuan Jones, 324 pounds.

Mike Poorman has covered Penn State football since 1979, and for since the 2009 season. His column appears on Mondays and Fridays. Follow him on Twitter at His views and opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Penn State University.
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