OVERALL: As nasty as some things may have been, the Lions continue to make plays in the clutch.
OFFENSE: This would have been a failing grade if not for the 10-play, 80-yard game-winning drive. Again, PSU making things happen when it matters most.
DEFENSE: Overall an outstanding effort. But the Lions allowed the Illini to move the ball a bit too easily on that final drive.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Anthony Fera had a tough day. But overall, Penn State made some good things happen in this area.
COACHING: The ridiculous QB rotation must end.
INTANGIBLES: Dare we say it? PSU has the all-important swagger.
OTHER GUY: The Illini defense manned up. The offense? Not so much.
OFFICIALS: Should never have to review every other play. Illinois had a legit beef on CB D'Anton Lynn's interception.
CROWD: All things considered -- the crappy weather and crappy offensive play for most of the game - the folks who showed up did a nice job. It was pretty loud on the field at the end of the game.