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Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Buffalo Bulls Recap

The Penn State Nittnay Lions got a little reprieve after facing one of the nation’s toughest defensive units in their week 1 loss to the Temple Owls, but in no way sent their fans away thinking that this was an offense clicking on all cylinders. If not for the generosity of the Buffalo Bulls weak defensive line, the host Lions would continue to have problems moving the pigskin.

While running back Saquon Barkley was one shining bright spot for Penn State surpassing the 100-yard mark on the ground, one of those was a big 33-yard burst. The Lions offense, just like in week one, seemed out of sync with each other.

Neither team could put any points on the board in a scoreless 1st quarter, but Brandon Polk broke through the Bulls defensive line for a 22-yard TD gallop, then the Lions tacked on a field goal to close out the first half with a 10-point lead.

The visiting Bulls were not without some offensive fight of their own though, as they drove 78 yards in 11 plays to pull within a field goal in the 3rd quarter. Just as they did in the season opener, the Penn State Nittnay Lion offense just could not find consistency. A short Joey Julius field goal inched the host school out to a 6 point, one score lead, as the game headed into the final quarter.

Finally the Penn State offense showed signs of life in the final stanza with a quick strike, culminating in a 5-yard TD pass from quarterback Christian Hackenberg. Barkley put a cherry on top of his game MVP performance with a 9-yard TD and the Nittnay Lions had a 20-point lead with a little breathing room.

The Buffalo offense appeared about as off the mark as the Penn State squad did, and better find some ways to score more points as they fly down to the Sunshine State next week to tangle with the offensive minded Florida Atlantic Owls. As for the Penn State offensive issues, they have little time to figure out to move the pigskin as the Lions open their tough Big 10 schedule next week hosting the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.

NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament: Rounds 2 & 3 - Session 1: Maryland vs. Valparaiso & West Virginia vs. Buffalo Recap

Rounds two and three of the NCAA Men's tournament wouldn't disappoint. The first matchup pitted the number 13 seeded Valparaiso against the number 4 seeded Maryland was a great matchup. The first half was incredibly close, as the Terrapins lead by 4 at the half. Walker had a three pointer for Valparaiso to bring them within one point, but that was as close as they would come. It never got out of hand, and it did get back within one point, but the leader never changed again. In the second matchup, which was the number 5 seeded West Virginia vs the number 12 seeded Buffalo was a very similar matchup. The higher seeded team would be the victor, and there wasn't much drama. Mankin, for Buffalo, only had two points in the entire game. That would be the story of this one. West Virginia led the game by 10 at halftime. Jonathan Holton had a great block, although it was his only of the contest.

NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament: Rounds 2 & 3 - All Sessions: Maryland vs. Valparaiso & West Virginia vs. Buffalo AND Oklahoma vs. Albany & Providence vs. Dayton Recap

Maryland would go on to take Valparaiso in the 2nd round of the NCAA tourney. The game on paper looked like Maryland should cruise past Crusaders of Valparaiso. Alec Peters of the Crusaders scored 18 points and did all he could in order to assist his team. Melo Trimble would be the high scorer for the Terrapins and also pulled in 10 boards. The Terrapins took an early lead, but the Crusaders battled with them, draining 3 pointers all game. Maryland took a 4 point lead into halftime. The Crusaders came out quickly and tied it up. With less then 2 minutes the game was 62-61 Maryland. Maryland was up 3 with 30 seconds left and Valparaiso wound the clock down and turned the ball over with 1 second left, and Maryland would go onto win the game.
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