THE HIGH FIVE
Passing Judgment: Sure he only hit 45 percent of his passes (13 of 29 for 144 yards) , and sure he tossed two interceptions and no touchdowns. However, with poise and confidence, Penn State has found their quarterback for the future. Bolden made some impressive passes and showed he has nerves of steel, so a tip of the hat to the new guy.
Power Line: The offensive line stood tall and gave Bolden time and protection. What was expected to be a liability ended up having a solid performance in pass protection. They could have opened up more running lanes, but I think they out-performed expectations here.
Laying the Lumber: Cornerback D'Anton Lynn played aggressive and threw out some impressive hits and never quit. He set up a fine example for the team to review this week.
Going Ballistic: Devon Smith had five carries for 47 yards, and provided a spark with his explosive runs. This game provided some great experience for him.
Moye Bien: Moye pulled in three passes for 69 yards and served as a solid target for Bolden. The downside is that he should have been involved more in the scheme tonight.
Southern Hospitality: Bama fans are incredibly friendly which we heard from so many PSU fans. However, it's almost to the point of being ucomfortable where they are legitimately concerned if visiting fans are enjoying themselves and asking if they could do anything for them. DEspite this, a tip of the hat to a great crowd of hosts.
THE LOW FIVE
Unwrapped: Penn State's defense came out and displayed some of the worst tackling it has shown in years. It was sloppy and instrumental in Alabama posting 180 rushing yards and allowing their first 100+ yard rusher in 17 games.
Back Breaker: Penn State standout linebacker Gerald Hodges was injured on the opening kickoff after a block-in-the-back that led to an injury. He never returned to the game and is on crutches with a foot brace. Stay tuned for the extent of his injury.
Stuck in Neutral: No PSU rusher went over 35 yards and the team only managed 127 yards on the ground. However Evan Royster didn't live up to is role, managing only 32 yards on nine carries (3.6 YPC) with a long of 11. Penn State needed more from the would-be all-time leading school rusher.
Snap To It: After finding success in the shotgun, for some reason the coaches moved Bolden under center which resulted in some miscued snaps that snuffed out some key drive moments. Bolden should have been in the shotgun more to given him more time and space to deliver the ball.
Roll With It: It would have been nice to see situations where the coaches rolled out Bolden or tossed in some more play-action to give variety to the play-calling, but also allowed Bolden to get in some different situations where he could make plays.