TURNING POINT: Hunt took a handoff left, broke a tackle from LB Patrick St. Louis, then bolted right and motored 70 yards to the USF 4. It set up the Lions' game-icing TD early in the fourth quarter.
STRATA-GEM: Smart move by the PSU staff to get the young wideouts involved early and often.
NUMBERS GAME: USF won the time-of-possession battle, 32:03-27:57, an ominous sign for Penn State.
TWIST OF FATE: The Lion defense was outstanding. But it got a helping hand from the Bull receivers, who dropped nearly as many balls as they caught.
SPECIAL DELIVERY: Freshman kicker Kevin Kelly was strong in his debut, save a blocked PAT. He boomed kickoffs long and hit his only field-goal try, a 23-yarder. I thought he was great, Joe Paterno said.
WHAT'S UP WITH: Calvin Lowry still returning punts? Lowry is a fine safety, but this never has been, and never will be, his forte.
HEADS-UP: Or may be a leg up. Lion DT Scott Paxson was splayed on the ground when Mike Jenkins took a reverse with plenty of open field ahead of him in the second quarter. Paxson alertly kicked at Jenkins, tripping him for an 8-yard loss.
HIDDEN HERO: PSU star freshman receiver Derrick Williams had several solid downfield blocks. Amazing stuff, considering he played quarterback in high school.
LOST IN THE SHUFFLE: Paterno was disappointed in himself for not playing second-team TB Austin Scott more. Scott had no carries and one catch for 4 yards in limited action. I'm just a little upset I didn't get to play [more] first game, a somber Scott said afterward. You have big expectations and you don't even get a chance to play
DID YOU NOTICE: That all three players implicated in the recent prank call mess — LB Dan Connor, DB Nolan McCready and WR Jim Kanuch — were not allowed to dress for the game? Connor was listed as being suspended for the game. But McCready and Kanuch were both on the depth chart.
UNANSWERED QUESTION: When is Joe Paterno going to stop demanding perfection from the officials and start demanding production from his offensive coaching staff? Isn't the Bob Knight sideline act getting a bit old?