September 2, 2007

Making a case

If Nittany Lions' fans had any major questions about senior quarterback Anthony Morelli going into yesterday's Penn State season-opener, they should have been answered.

For now, anyway.

Morelli's 23-for-38, 295 yard, three touchdown, no interception day was full of career bests, and even a new school record. With the Lions leading 24-0, by the end of the first half, Morelli's 231 yards through the air broke the Penn State record for first-half passing yardage, previously set at 219 by wide receivers' coach Mike McQueary in 1997.

Every other stat set or tied career highs, also.

Morelli's 23 completions, 38 attempts, and 295 yards were all career highs while his three touchdowns tied a career-high he set last season when the Lions' opened against Akron.

Against a Florida International defense that was dead-set on stopping the run (and did so successfully through the first half) Morelli and the Lions were forced to take their games to the air. Mission accomplished.

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