BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Our report card from Penn State's 13-7 win over Indiana here Saturday.
The Nittany Lions were in dire need of a win, no matter how it came. They got it.
Yes, there were issues. But RB Bill Belton's long TD run mitigated IU's pick six and put the PSU defense in position to dictate tempo the rest of the game.
IU RB Tevin Coleman has been effective against some very good teams. We doubt he has faced a defense this fast all season, though.
Yes, there was a potentially disastrous blocked field goal. Overall, though, these units played well.
We liked that the offense became conservative in the second half, since the defense was playing so well and the special teams in general had improved from previous weeks.
After last season's blowout loss to the Hoosiers, the world seems right again. Once Belton scored, Penn State seemed to be in control the rest of the way.
QB injuries have obviously taken their toll on the Hoosiers. Looks like it's going to be a long November in these parts.
Not perfect, to be sure. But the game lacked the usual Witvoet-crew theatrics, which we liked.
It was announced at 42,683. We're guessing it was closer to 30,000 -- and that was before some folks started to leave at halftime.