OVERALL: Another Big Ten road game, another double-digit loss.
OFFENSE: We're going to have some fun here. We'll go with a solid B in the first half and a solid F in the second. That factors out to a
DEFENSE: We'll go with a solid F in the first half and a solid B in the second. That factors out to a
SPECIAL TEAMS: Alex Butterworth pinned a couple deep but that was offset and then some by Gopher punter Peter Mortell's effort. Otherwise, nothing eye-popping from the Lions.
COACHING: Penn State obviously was not well prepared for another road game.
INTANGIBLES: Even when the Gophers were trying to let them back into the game, it was as if the Lions did not want to take them up on the offer.
OTHER GUY: This team has a lot of warts. But it plays hard and knows its strengths and weaknesses. One gets the sense Jerry Kill and Tracy Claeys are squeezing all they can from their players.
OFFICIALS: After last-week's 20-flag debacle, this crew let 'em play. Only six penalties total. We've come to accept that offensive holding is just not called in the Big Ten.
CROWD: It was a late-arriving group for the 11 a.m. local kick. But most of the seats were full by halftime and the fans definitely rallied behind their team.