OVERALL: No, it was not perfect. But it was an impressive win, just the same. The Lions were 3-9 in their previous 12 Big Ten openers.
OFFENSE: Bill O'Brien and Matt McGloin both admitted PSU blew too many scoring chances. The Lions could have scored 50 in this game.
DEFENSE: Ted Roof's troops bent but only broke on one trick play.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Another disaster of a day by Sam Ficken offset a lot of good.
COACHING: O'Brien and his staff did a great job of channeling the emotions of the players into positive things on the field.
INTANGIBLES: Attitude helped Penn State carry the day.
OTHER GUY: Is it possible for a coach to be on the hot seat five games into his first season with a program? Ugly stuff for Tim Beckman.
OFFICIALS: So many long delays.
CROWD: Given the product on the field, it is difficult to blame the Illini fans for staying away in droves.