The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Bill Bowman

November 15, 2011

Bill Bowman's college football column: Healing only just beginning in Happy Valley

Once again, with apologies to Peter King, here are some things I think I think as the college football season winds down.

I think Saturday was a start in Happy Valley, but it was just a start. Right now I could really care less what happens on the football field there because really football matters little in times like this.

Was it great that the Penn State players, who had nothing do with the issues surrounding their program but where nonetheless in the middle of it, got to take a break for a couple of hours? Sure it was. But there is a lot of healing that has to go on in that town. Football can be a crutch, but it can't solve the underlying issues.

We heard for decades that Joe Paterno was Penn State and that he was bigger than the university. Well, it took about two days for that be proven false and rightfully so. Penn State is bigger than Paterno and Graham Spanier and its football program and in the long run the university will be stronger. But it is going to take a long time to emerge from that enormous cloud cast over Happy Valley.

n I think I could cover football for 50 more years and never see a team force turnovers the way Bucknell does this year. In 10 games the Bison have forced 38 turnovers -- 18 in the last three games -- and are a whopping plus-28 in turnover margin, which leads all of college football.

Senior cornerback Bryce Robertson has a dozen interceptions and has a chance to do something not even Superman has done before (see college football notebook). Robertson has caught as many passes from the other team in the last three games as any Bucknell receiver has caught from a BU quarterback in that time span.

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