Count It: It wasn't pretty by any stretch -- and fighting a nail-biter against Indiana is not exactly a badge of honor for this squad. However, Penn State managed to eek out another road win and preserve their perfect Big Ten record against Indiana, moving to 15-0 against the Hoosiers.
Ground Attack: As the game rolled on the ground game started to allow Penn State to put together some drives and chew up yardage and clock. Silas Redd cntinued to show some fight, but Curtis Dukes really showed some impressive runs using his size. Dukes had an impressive 6.0 yards per carry. Unfortunately, Redd's fumble inside the five yard line was a blemish on this, but more on that later. As the game closed though Redd seemed to get stronger. He ended the day with 30 carries for 126 yards.
Tough D: The defense managed to get good pressure as game went on and managed to hold Indiana on several short field situations, and also handled the no-huddle pretty well. They contained Dusty Kiel to 189 yards through the air, and gave up only 71 yards on the ground.
Kickin' It: Aside from the missed 51-yarder into the wind, Anthony Fera has a solid outing handling kickoffs, punts and place kicks. On the day he went three for four on field goals, hit an extra point and handled seven punts (which is by no means a high for the squad).
Catch It: Derek Moye certainly had his share of miscues and dropped balls, but on the day he grabbed six catches for 158 yards and the Lions' only touchdown, which was key to the victory. So, a tip of the hat for showing up, but his consistency certainly had issues.
The Low Five
Classic Case: To quote Mark Brennan, "It's a classic case of who wants it least." And was it ever. Penn State bumbled it's way through the game and Indiana opted to squander a series of short field situations. It was rough game.
Cough It Up: Three turnovers, two of which were inside the redzone give Penn State five turnovers inside the redzone on the season. The Lions simply are not protecting the ball which is simply a back-breaker on drives.
Grounded: The passing game on both ends was horrid with more dropped passes than one could keep track of and misfires by both Rob Bolden and Matt McGloin. McGloin ended up leading the charge on the team's only touchdown, but still only went 10 for 22 for 204 yards with one TD and no INTs. Bolden ended up six for 14 for 67 yards with no TDs and one INT.
Disconnected Calls: The third down plays the PSU staff calls are baffling; routes that are five yards short of the first down marker, up the gut on third and one with a stacked box; unimaginative with low percentages.
Not So Special: The return game was stagnant aside from the one punt return to the 50 that Justin Brown managed. However, Chaz Powell running into the punt to give Indiana a short field is a good summary of how the return game performed in this one.