OVERALL: This game should have never been so close. But given where Penn State is, it will take whatever it can get.
OFFENSE: After scoring 14 points, mistakes caused the offense to go into a funk. To us, that was a much bigger issue than any second-half defensive struggles.
DEFENSE: Prior to this game, would you have been happy to know PSU would only allow 17 points? We thought so.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Sam Ficken missed a 37-yarder that could have come back to bite the Lions. Lucky for them it did not. Otherwise, decent play here.
COACHING: The staff seemed to really struggle with clock management in this game. Also, it seemed like Illinois made much better adjustments at halftime.
INTANGIBLES: There is something to be said for winning a couple of OT games in the last three outings.
OTHER GUY: As bad as they've been, the Illini could have folded when they fell into a two-TD hole. But they didn't.
OFFICIALS: Talk about the zebras taking over a game. In all, 20 penalties were called. Were they being paid per flag?
CROWD: After being a non-factor for most of the game the crowd came alive late.