THE HIGH FIVE
Take It: In a season where no win can be taken for granted, PSU got a much needed win. Granted, it was over one of the worst teams in the nation, but there were times where this one could have gotten out of grasp for the Nittany Lions, so the win is valuable one.
Ground Out: In a season which has seen ups and downs in the ground game, Zach Zwinak had an impressive day, rushing for 149 yards on 26 carries and three touchdowns. Bill Belton lost another fumble, more on that later, but he carried the ball another 19 times for 84 yards. All in all it was a strong rushing day for PSU with 292 yards on the ground.
First Class: Penn State managed 31 first downs on offense and did not punt once during the game. The offense had some stumbles, but on the whole managed to put points on the board.
Same Old, Same Old: We say this every week, but Allen Robinson once again stepped up with some key receptions, grabbing eight (one third of the total passes for 98 yards.
For a Loss: The defense had some major issues, but they managed to grab five sacks and eight tackles of loss.
Tight Job: The tight ends, namely Adam Brenenman and Jesse James had some big plays, grabbing a combined four balls for 86 yards and a touchdown.
THE LOW FIVE
Hang Around: Purdue is a team that scored a maximum of 24 points this season, and yet Penn State defense gave up 21 points. It never should have been as close as it was after halftime.
No Push: Despite getting some tackles for loss and sacks, the defense had issues getting a consistent push on Purdue's pocket, allowing for their passing game, led by freshman Danny Etling, to pass for 223 yards and a touchdown.
Backfield Bumbles: The secondary continues to have struggles with gaps, allowing for wide open opportunities by Cameron Posey and company. The secondary needs to look to a zone since they are getting exploited in man coverages.
Lost Balls: Penn State mamanfed to get three takeaways from Purdue (two fumbles and an interception), but they still are giving the ball away too often. Bill Belton lost another and Christian Hackenberg forced an ill-advised pass down the middle.
Pass Around: As well as Allen Robinson played and it was refreshing to see Brenenman and James get into the action, the ball was not spread around all that much outside of this, with only four total passes to Belton and Eugene Lewis combined for 28 yards. Hackenberg has to really spread it around as they face Nebraska and Wisconsin.