In the spirit of the day, we took into account style points this week.
OVERALL: We know it wasn't pretty. But on what turned out to be a goofy day, the Nittany Lions never let bizarre circumstances get to them and eventually won comfortably.
OFFENSE: It would be difficult to argue with nearly 500 total yards had this been any other Big Ten opponent. We got the sense Penn State could have -- and should have -- done even more vs. Indiana. Too many little mistakes (dropped passes and such) for an A here.
DEFENSE: We give no leeway for the fact that both starting tackles missed the first half -- that was something Ollie Ogbu and Devon Still could have controlled. It was nice to see safety Drew Astorino drop the hammer on IU with a pick late in the third quarter. Until that point, however, the defense was average, at best.
SPECIAL TEAMS: The blocked punt for a score could not have come at a better time -- unless the Lions could have done it in the third quarter at Ohio State. Also, credit rookie Alex Butterworth for doing a good job in place of injured starting punter Anthony Fera.
COACHING: Joe Paterno and company helped the team navigate its way through discipline issues, sudden personnel changes, terrible officiating and even a broken down bus.
INTANGIBLES: Everyone in FedEx Field knew the Lions would eventually pull this one out -- because they always do against Indiana.
OTHER GUY: After the 83-20 embarrassment at Wisconsin last week, it would have been easy for IU to mail in the rest of the season. But walking-wounded QB Ben Chappell showed lots of heart on offense and linebacker Tyler Replogle was all over the place on defense (14 tackles).
OFFICIALS: We saw Dave Witvoet on our way into FedEx Field and were hoping he was there as a fan. Alas, he and his crew were on the clock. Hard to imagine how this game would have unfolded -- for both teams -- without replay reviews.
CROWD: The unofficial FOS estimate is that Penn State fans outnumbered their Indiana counterparts by a 5-to-1 ratio, even though the Hoosiers were the home team. But the crowd didn't seem to be much of a factor for either squad. And it is difficult to believe the attendance number on the stat sheet -- 78,790 -- was accurate. We'd guess somewhere in the 65,000 range.