Penn State 41, Indiana State 7
OVERALL: An easy win that was never in question and only one injury (that appeared to be minor). All in all, a good opener.
OFFENSE: We obviously did not see everything in Penn State's arsenal. Even so, it sure seemed like the Lions should have scored more than they did. The 2-for-10 showing on third downs is cause for concern.
DEFENSE: ISU had 170 yards of total offense. Of those, 81 -- not to mention the Sycamores' lone TD -- came in the final quarter, by which time PSU was playing mostly subs. Throw in three forced turnovers and you're looking at a solid effort by Tom Bradley's crew.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Some very good (Chaz Powell's kickoff return, punt coverage) and some very bad (the place-kicking, a near blocked punt). Things were dicey enough that we are officially issuing a special team's disaster warning for next week's showdown with Alabama.
COACHING: We'll quibble over the fourth-down end-around to Derek Moye and the decision to go with a converted position player at place-kicker, just because we like to quibble. Overall, though, the quarterback situation was well-handled, a lot of players saw the field and a certain head coach did not see the field.
INTANGIBLES: Didn't need 'em in this game.
OTHER GUY: The FCS Sycamores knew they were in this for a paycheck. But we didn't see any quit in them. Tough bunch.
OFFICIALS: Nothing terrible jumped out at us and the only replay review upheld the call on the field. Nice work, zebras.
CROWD: We don't care who the opponent was or what's gone on with the seat license (yeah, we said it) program. Some 20,000 empty seats for an opener is lame.