OFFENSE: Appalachian State scored 34 on Michigan. Oregon scored 39. Penn State couldn't even crack the end zone. Given the recent big-game performances by the PSU offense, it is fair to ask if something is haywire in the Galen Hall/Jay Paterno leadership of this unit.
DEFENSE: Played well overall but cracked at the worst possible time. But it is tough to be too hard on a unit that allowed one sustained TD drive.
SPECIAL TEAMS: The lone bright spot for the Lions on this day. Unfortunately ffor PSU fans, it was a rare tight game where special teams did not have a serious impact.
COACHING: Why do we always get the sense that Penn State plays not to lose whenever it faces Michigan? Note to staff: the strategy is not working.
INTANGIBLES: Penn State figured to have an edge in experience and momentum. But the Lions could not take advantage.
OTHER GUY: The fact that this is clearly not a great Michigan team made the Wolverines' clutch play Saturday that much more impressive.
OFFICIALS: PSU should never have been in a position to allow the officials to impact the outcome. But it seems every time the Lions play in Ann Arbor they have a valid reason to beef.
CROWD: We continue to be unimpressed by huge crowds at Michigan. The 111,310 on hand Saturday did not seem to have a real impact on the game.