MAN OF THE HOUR: Linebacker Tim Shaw had the best game of his career, with 10 tackles, three stops for loss and a pair of sacks in three quarters. QB Michael Robinson and WR Deon Butler could have easily won this award, too.
TURNING POINT: Butler's two quick-strike touchdowns in the second quarter (54 and 24 yards) put the fork squarely in the Chippewas.
STRATA-GEM: With CMU facing 4th and 2 in PSU territory midway through the first quarter, safety Calvin Lowry blitzed and dropped bootlegging quarterback Kent Smith for a 14-yard loss. It set the tone for great pressure (eight sacks) by PSU all game.
NUMBERS GAME: CMU averaged .4 yards per carry. Ouch.
SURPRISE, SURPRISE: Eleven different Penn State players caught passes.
WHAT'S UP WITH: Lowry still returning punts?
HIT SQUAD: CMU safety Chris Curtis hammered Williams when Robinson was high on a third-quarter crossing pattern. Williams popped up like nothing happened. Tough player.
HEADS-UP: Up man Anthony Scirrotto, a true freshman, fielded a short second-quarter punt on the fly, saving key yards of field position. State responded with a drive that ended in a field goal for a 10-0 lead.
HIDDEN HERO: A tip of the cap to the entire first-team line, which kept Robinson safe.
LOST IN THE SHUFFLE: Lowry can't return punts. But he sure can play safety. He had eight stops and the big sack in this one.
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UNANSWERED QUESTION: What happened to the Beaver Stadium turf, which was again coming up all over the place?
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