September 2, 2006

The End Result?

If Joe Paterno was a poker player, he just bluffed his way to winning a big pot.

After spending the last month dismissing talk of his team switching to a 3-4 defense as hearsay, the Nittany Lions sure enough opened up the 2006 season lined up with three defensive linemen and four linebackers with Tim Shaw as a standup defensive end.

"We read all of the rumors about it, but did not know what they would do," Akron head coach J.D. Brookhart said. "I thought it could be a logical move considering all of the good backers they they have. We certainly prepared for it, but not to an exclusive degree."

The formation created havoc for Akron quarterback Luke Getsy, who threw for 3,455 yards and a school record 23 touchdowns in 2005. He was often left scrambling in the backfield trying to avoid the hungry pack of Lions and finished the night completing 22 of 42 passes for a paltry 160 yards and one touchdown. He also threw two picks and was sacked five times, two of which came from Shaw in the first half.

"We thought we had an advantage speed wise against their tackles so that was just something we focused on using," Shaw said. "We feel like speed is one of our assets so we're going to try and use it. This week we thought we could out speed the tackles so that's what we did off the edge."

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