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SAVED BY THE ITCH TO SWITCH
Pat Putnam
October 25, 1971
A year ago Penn State was fast developing a loser's look, so Joe Paterno started to tinker, shifting a safety to quarterback, a quarterback to tight end and shazzam! he has another winner
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October 25, 1971

Saved By The Itch To Switch

A year ago Penn State was fast developing a loser's look, so Joe Paterno started to tinker, shifting a safety to quarterback, a quarterback to tight end and shazzam! he has another winner

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Then the defense got into the act. End Bruce Bannon, a 6'3�" 211-pound sprinter, sliced in to deflect a Syracuse punt and then threw a key block to allow Linebacker Gary Gray to carry the loose ball 21 yards to score. Between them, Bannon and Gray make up one of the world's more intelligent scoring combinations. Bannon, a geological science major, carries a 3.8 average. Gray, majoring in electrical engineering, carries a 3.3. Paterno would have made a split end out of Einstein.

Mostly coasting the second half, Penn State fattened the final margin to 31-0 with a late fourth-quarter touchdown on a one-yard run by third-string Fullback Ken Andrews.

When it was over, a friend began talking to Paterno about the Orange Bowl.

"Go away," said Paterno.

But the friend persisted. "You know very well you've got an easy time between now and your last game with Tennessee. So that makes you unbeaten, and Tennessee...."

"Hold it," said Paterno. "Stop right there." He turned to a group of writers nearby and said, "O.K., if you want to quote him, go ahead. Just make sure you spell this guy's name right. Don't spell it P-A-T-E-R-N-O."

He shook his head. "Boy, some easy time."

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