Penn State's 44-24 loss to Indiana here Saturday proved to be the exception to that rule. The Lions were every bit as bad as the final score indicated. In fact, it might have been uglier earlier if the bumbling IU defense had not dropped a couple of potential picks.
With that in mind, here is our report card for the game.
OVERALL: There is no other way to paint a 20-point loss to a previously 2-2 Indiana outfit.
OFFENSE: Penn State gained a bunch of yards -- 410, in all. But the Lions could not consistently do what everyone else seems to be able to do against the Hoosiers -- find the end zone.
DEFENSE: This is more a reflection on IU's potent offense. Did you really expect the Lions to shut it down? We didn't think so.
SPECIAL TEAMS: A bad snap on a field-goal attempt. A FG blocked. Then a lost fumble on a kickoff return. Good thing this wasn't a close game.
COACHING: The Lions struggled in nearly every phase of the game against an average opponent. This after a bye to prepare?
INTANGIBLES: This is one of the least intimidating venues in the nation. There is a mini-field playground for kids behind one end zone, for goodness sake. And PSU played like it was in The Horseshoe.
OTHER GUY: Kevin Wilson had great game plans on both sides of the ball and his team executed them well.
OFFICIALS: We spotted some bad calls both ways.
CROWD: Attendance was listed at 42,125. We're guessing it was more like 25,000.