OVERALL: This game should not have been as close as it was.
OFFENSE: Penn State once again left too many points on the field. Mark our word, that's going to come back to bite the Lions.
DEFENSE: Perhaps a letdown should have been expected following the emotional performance against Iowa.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Yeah, there was one big breakdown. But overall this area was outstanding.
COACHING: We didn't get the sense that either side of the ball was playing with a lot of energy.
INTANGIBLES: As tight as it was, did you ever really get the sense Penn State was in trouble? Neither did we.
OTHER GUY: How many times did the Boilermakers hurt themselves with penalties and other mistakes? Purdue does not have the look of a well-coached team.
OFFICIALS: We knew to expect goofiness when Dave Witvoet made the scene.
CROWD: Attendance was listed at 100,802, but we're guessing it was really about 10 grand less than that. Those on hand were loud at the end of the game, though.