The first Bowl Game of the 2012 calendar year features two schools who faced disappoint to finish off the 2011-2012 college football season. Eric Veneziano–a big fan of Penn State University–is here to share his playthrough of the 2012 TicketCity Bowl between the Houston Cougars of Conference USA and the Penn State Nittany Lions from the Big Ten Conference.
Today is one of the biggest days of Bowl Season and the STAT BOX STORIES BOWL BLITZ INVITATIONALkicks off with the TicketCity Bowl in Texas. This match-up pits a high flying Houston offense against one of the nation’s top defenses and grind it out running game of Penn State.Being a diehard Penn State I had to take control of the Lions to see if I could put the clamps on Houston’s high powered offense and get the victory against the once potential BCS Buster.
I won the toss and elected to receive the ball. I immediately went to the ground game and moved the ball efficiently down the field. However, an errant throw trying to go for the end zone from the 35 yard line resulted in a interception and a quick end to my drive. Houston took the ball and went right to work with their record setting QB moving the ball right back down the field. Their drive ended as my defensive tackle broke though and caused a fumble recovered by my linebacker. Although the defense gave up some yards on the drive the tightened up when it mattered and gave a little precursor to what the game would hold for the Houston offense.
Both teams traded drives to close out the 1st quarter and Penn State finally got on the board in the 2nd after a long long drive that resulted in a touchdown pass to my number one wide receiver on a short slant pattern. Houston didn’t want to be outdone and moved the ball right down the field and scored on an 8 yard run by their halfback with 48 seconds to go in the half.
The Nittany Lions weren’t content with going into the half tied and took the kickoff and fired a quick 30 yard pass to my wide receiver that set us up across midfield. After a quick couple of runs that moved Penn State down to the goal line I called a timeout and powered the ball in with my halfback with 8 seconds left and took a 14-7 lead going into the half.
The 2nd half was dominated by the Penn State defense and running game. Early in the 3rd quarter my back up running back broke a run off tackle for 44 yards and scampered into the end zone after running away from the Houston defense.
The Nittany Lion defense put its mark on the game on the very next drive as my defensive tackle broke through and caused yet another fumble that my middle linebacker was able to scoop up and rumble 45 yards for the score. For the game the defense accounted for 2 touchdowns as they were able to pick off a pass late in the game and return it for 6 as well.
Total they tallied 5 sacks, 3 interceptions, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumbles recovered and 2 touchdowns. As they have done all season they shut down an opposing offense and forced them to make mistakes.
Not to be outdone by the defense the Lions running game rolled and controlled the game and clock in the 2nd half. Both of my running backs ran for over 100 yards with my starting running back running for 197 of the teams 305 rushing yards.It was definitely fun taking control of my hometown Lions and hopefully they can pull out the real victory. I also think this was a first for STAT BOX STORIES with a defensive player of the game, as my defensive tackle came away with 4 total tackles 3 sacks and 2 forced fumbles.
One Bowl Game down, but many more remain to be covered in the BOWL BLITZ INVITATIONAL here today at STAT BOX STORIES. Be sure to check out the other entries being published here today, including another entry from Eric as he continues to extend his lead for most contributions to the project!
Guest Author Bio:
Eric Veneziano (PS3 ID: psuexv) is a long time gamer dating back to Double Dribble, NES Playaction Football and Baseball Stars and can actually go back to the Atari 2600 and Homerun and Super Challenge Football (love the unique names). He currently spends his time playing NCAA Football, Tiger Woods and NHL, having stepped away from Madden for awhile. He claims not to say many interesting things, but he is on Twitter at @psuexv.