Bolden may receive fine-tuning
» Leave it to the Paternos — father and son — to find a flaw in Penn State freshman quarterback Rob Bolden that they believe must be resolved before he can become a complete player. “He took off running a couple of times, which I don’t want him to do,” coach Joe Paterno said Saturday after the 24-0 victory over Kent State. Jay Paterno, the team’s quarterbacks coach, took the criticism a step further, hoping to keep Bolden healthy for what could be a long career as a starting quarterback. “He is not (former Penn State quarterback) Mike Robinson,” Jay said. “He has to stop watching those YouTube clips of Mike running over people.” Against Kent State, Bolden carried four times for 33 yards (a team-high average of 8.2), including a 17-yard run in which cornerback Josh Pleasant knocked him to the ground in the middle of the Kent State bench. Bolden jumped up immediately, earning a cheer from the crowd.
» Cornerback D’Anton Lynn, who recorded the first interception of the season for Penn State, is the son of New York Jets running back coach Anthony Lynn. The younger Lynn said he watched two episodes of the HBO series “Hard Knocks,” and he was asked if Joe Paterno is as foul-mouthed as Jets coach Rex Ryan. “No,” he said, “I don’t think anybody is.”
» Defensive coordinator Tom Bradley used several players, including eight in the secondary, seeking a new look and trying to develop depth. Pete Massaro started at left end ahead of Jack Crawford, who missed two days of practice with a hip pointer. Crawford recorded one of Penn State’s two sacks; tackle Devon Still had the other. Sean Stanley started at right end over Eric Latimore. “Pete and Stanley have done a great job,” Bradley said. Hero Drew Astorino started with a sore shoulder, but Andrew Dailey also played there.
» Penn State used sophomore Devon Smith, one of the fastest players on the team, as a pass catcher (three receptions, 61 yards) and ball carrier (two for a loss of 3). And one other role: A decoy. “He is as effective as a decoy as he is with the ball in his hands,” Jay Paterno said, “because people have to pay attention to him. One time, he came out of the huddle and the defensive guys were pointing at where he was.”
» Penn State’s defense was last in the nation in pass completion percentage (.755) before the game, but Kent State quarterback Spencer Keith completed only 20 of 36 attempts (.555), with two interceptions.
» Paterno has a 42-1 record against Mid-American Conference teams. The only loss was to Toledo, 24-6, in 2000. Overall, Penn State has played 10 of the 13 MAC teams, compiling a 42-5-1 record. The victory also was the 500th overall for Paterno (500-178-7) since he became an assistant in 1950.