IU: Game Breakdown

The good, the bad and the ugly from Penn State's high-scoring win over Indiana inside the Beltway Saturday afternoon.

LANDOVER, Md. -- Everyone expected a shootout between Penn State and Indiana at FedEx Field here Saturday. And that is just how the game unfolded.

The Nittany Lions and Hoosiers combined for more than 800 yards of total offense, 42 first downs, seven touchdowns, three field goals and a perfect 8-for-8 showing in the red zone.

Penn State's blocked punt for a score late in the third quarter broke a 24-24 tie and the Lions went on to dominate the fourth quarter in winning, 41-24. PSU improved to 7-4 overall and 4-3 in the Big Ten with the victory.

IU slipped to 4-7 and 0-7, but at the very least kept things entertaining. Here is what went down.

MAN OF THE HOUR: PSU wideout Derek Moye had six catches for 90 yards and a score to go along with two carries for 39 yards. The rushes, both on end-arounds, were his first of the season.

CLOSE SECOND: Lion quarterback Matt McGloin hit 9 of his first 10 passes on the way to a 22-of-31 afternoon. He posted a career-high 315 yards to go along with a pair of scores.

CLOSE THIRD: Linebacker Nate Stupar, started as the Lions opened in a nickel defense. He had 10 tackles, one stop for loss and a pass break-up.

TURNING POINT: With the Hoosiers punting from their own 32 late in the third, Lion Andrew Dailey came hard off the edge. A wide-right snap took punter Chris Hagerup up right into his path and Dailey smothered the punt. Teammate Jamie Van Fleet picked it up on the fly and raced 21 yards for the score.

SOLID STRATEGY: The Lions came out firing and it was clear McGloin was going to be able to pick apart the Hoosiers' defense. Had the staff opted to throw more, he could have easily gone for 400-plus yards.

NUMBERS GAME: The Lions averaged 9.8 yards per passing attempt.

BUSINESS AS USUAL: It obviously doesn't matter where these teams play. Penn State is now 14-0 all-time against Indiana.

SPECIAL DELIVERY: Freshman Alex Butterworth had to burn a redshirt to replace Anthony Fear, who had an appendectomy earlier in the week. Butterworth only punted twice but averaged 41 yards and put one inside the 20.


• Veteran defensive tackles Ollie Ogbu and Devon Still, and offensive tackle Chima Okoli all showing up late for breakfast, which led to them being benched. Backup O-lineman DeOn'tae Pannell was late, too. Credit Joe Paterno for sitting them all for at least a half.

• Penn State not relying even more on the pass. The Hoosiers were clearly in a giving mood in that department.

• The horrible officiating. There were five reviews resulting in three calls being overturned. Thank goodness for review when Dave Witvoet's crew is working a game.

• The Nittany Lions still not tackling well in spots.

• Kickoff return men Chaz Powell and Stephfon Green each failing to cleanly field one attempt. Powell was eventually replaced by rookie Silas Redd.

HIT SQUAD: Sophomore linebacker Gerald Hodges blasted IU wideout Duwyce Wilson on a second-quarter crossing pattern. Wilson did not hang onto the ball.

HIDDEN HERO: Mike Farrell made his first career start, getting the nod at right tackle in place of Okoli. Usually a backup left tackle, he had not played RT since high school.

LOST IN THE SHUFFLE: Brett Brackett had five catches for 66 yards and a score, including a nifty screen from the slot.


Jordan Hill and James Terry started the game at defensive tackle in place of the team captain Ogbu and Still. Ogbu and Still started the previous 10 games. Ogbu did not represent the Lions at the coin toss, as senior linebacker Bani Gbadyu replaced him there.

• When center Doug Klopacz left the game with a left ankle injury, right guard Stefen Wisniewski took over snapping duties. Redshirt freshman John Urschel stepped in at right guard (instead of Pannell).

• Penn State began the game in the nickel defense, with two linebackers (Stupar and Hodges) and five DBs (D'Anton Lynn, Chaz Powell, Malcolm Willis and Stephon Morris). The Lions also played some dime in the game, with six DBs on the field at the same time.

• Redd, a freshman running back, and sophomore defensive end Sean Stanley both played in the game. They were both cited for public urination in recent weeks.

UNANSWERED QUESTION: Can the Lions continue their home mastery of Michigan State on Senior Day next week?

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