OVERALL: When things appeared to be getting dicey, the offense and defense both stepped up to put the game away.
OFFENSE: Penn State piled up 501 yards and dominated time of possession (36:29-23:31). It had six TDs and one FG on seven trips into the red zone. If not for two turnovers, this would have been a better grade.
DEFENSE: The Boilermakers were held to 264 total yards. PSU had six sacks and caused three turnovers. Beef about Purdue's passing success all you want. When all was said and done, the defense only allowed two scores.
SPECIAL TEAMS: The Lions were gashed on kickoff returns and looked clueless on a fake punt that half the stadium saw coming.
COACHING: Game plans on both sides of the ball were solid, even if execution might have been a bit lacking at times. But the coaches are responsible for special teams preparations, too.
INTANGIBLES: The Lions made big plays when they needed big plays.
OTHER GUY: Wow, Danny Hope left this program in bad shape. Guys played hard, though.
OFFICIALS: A good day for the zebras.
CROWD: A decent turnout (96,491) considering the opponent and the fact that Senior Day is next week.