The No. 18 Penn State Nittany Lions went on the road Saturday to face the No. 1-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide, the defending BCS Champions. They had Rob Bolden under center, who last week became the first true freshman QB to start the season opener under Joe Paterno. And the Tide countered with senior Greg McElroy and the difference in experience showed on the field.
Rob Bolden vs Greg McElroy Passing vs Blitz
Bolden's passer rating when facing Alabama's blitz was -9.25 (!), but was a solid 103.6 against standard pressure.
Alabama's senior quarterback showed far more poise when being blitzed. McElroy is now 10-12 with 2 TD against the blitz in 2010.
And Ingram's replacement, Trent Richardson, was hard to tackle for the Penn State defense. He ran for a career-high 144 yards, the most the Lions have allowed to a single opponent since 2007, and the first time they've allowed a 100-yard rusher in 18 games. Amazingly, 93 of Richardson's yards (64.6 pct) came after first contact!