TURNING POINT: True freshman A.J. Wallace once again showcased his game-breaking speed, taking an end-around 76 yards for a score on the first play of a drive midway through the second quarter. It is difficult to remember a PSU player who went from zero to 60 as quickly as Wallace. For the season, Wallace has three carries for 135 yards, breaking down to 45 yards per tote.
GOOD STRATEGY: On a day when the passing game was off — starting QB Anthony Morelli hit on only 11 of 27 passes for 154 yards — PSU wisely ran the ball 39 times. Yes, it was Youngstown State. But it was good to boost the confidence of the rebuilt offensive line heading into this week's road trip to No. 1 Ohio State.
NUMBERS GAME: Penn State gained 568 yards to YSU's 184.
SURPRISE, SURPRISE: Fullback Matt Hahn was Penn State's leading receiver with three grabs for 33 yards.
SPECIAL DELIVERY: Rodney Kinlaw, reprising his roll as kickoff return man, busted a 50-yarder early in the second half. Kinlaw and Wallace were the deep men Saturday, allowing Derrick Williams to focus on his roles with the offense and punt returns.
WHAT'S UP WITH... the continued struggles with the place-kicking? The Lions finally get the center-to-holder portion down (see note below) and then Kevin Kelly misses three of six boots.
HIT SQUAD: Linebacker Paul Posluszny leveled Penguin QB Tom Zetts late in the second quarter, forcing an errant pass that fluttered toward safety Anthony Scirrotto. Scirrotto held on to this one, returning the interception 28 yards to the YSU 22. Good to see a young player learning from the mistake (a dropped pick) he made at Notre Dame.
HIT SQUAD II: Corner Justin King belted YSU receiver Da'Michael Horne in a one-on-one situation early in the third quarter. Who said King doesn't like physical play?
HEADS-UP: PSU's Deon Butler hustled down the field and provided just enough interference on safety Chris Goffer to allow Wallace to score on his long end-around. I ran as fast as I can, Butler said with a smile. A.J. might tell you he slowed down; he didn't slow down. I'm fast too.
HIDDEN HERO: Kinlaw picked up 86 yards on six carries playing understudy to Hunt. His emergence will more than likely allow Austin Scott to redshirt this season. After the game, PSU coach Joe Paterno implied Scott will redshirt unless Hunt is hurt in the next few weeks.
LOST IN THE SHUFFLE: Penn State had only 14 completions in the game (11 by Morelli, three by backup Daryll Clark). Those balls went to nine different players, though.
DID YOU NOTICE?
Clark and receiver Kevin Cousins did some sort of funky dance and handshake following the former's 18-yard TD run late in the game. We have a feeling a certain head coach will deliver a familiar message at some point: Act like you've been there before.
Defensive end Jimmy Shaw, who now can officially be considered injury prone, limped off the field in the first quarter and did not return. He aggravated the right ankle he sprained in the season opener against Akron. His status for Ohio State is uncertain. Josh Gaines and Jared Odrick saw more time in Shaws absence.
After the place-kicking issues of the first two games, the Nittany Lions changed their starting snapper and holder. Patrick Weber took over for Jay Alford on snaps and Kevin Suhey replaced Jason Ganter on holds. Things went smoothly on the exchanges this week, but Kelly struggled.
Tight end Patrick Hall saw his first action of the season after missing the first two games due to a disciplinary suspension. He did not catch a pass but blocked well.
Backup linebacker Jerome Hayes has a broken toe and did not dress for the game. He did not appear to be wearing any sort of cast on his foot. He sustained the injury in practice Monday.
Every time the PA announcer updated the score in Michigan's thrashing of Notre Dame, the Beaver Stadium crowd roared. The same thing happened with updates of Michigan State's beat-down of Pitt. Maybe there really is something to this sense of conference pride.
UNANSWERED QUESTION: Are the Nittany Lions more prepared for No. 1 Ohio State than they were for No. 4 Notre Dame?