It seems like nothing works for Penn State these days, even a bit of razzle dazzle.
On its first play from scrimmage in Saturday's 14-7 loss to Northwestern, Penn State tried some trickery.
Good idea. Bad execution.
Quarterback Zack Mills handed the ball to running back Tony Hunt, who then gave it to receiver Michael Robinson. Amherst graduate Mark Rubin was open deep, but Robinson, pressured from behind, threw a pass to Hunt that was intercepted by strong safety Dominique Price at the Northwestern 33.
"The primary receiver (Rubin) was way down field and he was open but I didn't think I could get it to him," Robinson said. "And then I saw Tony wide open and tried to get it to him, but the safety came over and made a great play. He read my eyes."
And so it goes for the Nittany Lions (2-7 overall, 0-6 in the Big Ten), who lost a conference game for the 13th time in the last 14 tries and sank below Illinois into last place. Rubin had one catch for 4 yards.
Noah Herron rushed for 175 yards, setting up one touchdown and scoring another, to lead Northwestern (5-4, 4-2).