Maurice Evans: Evans wreaked havoc in the Indiana backfield, causing two key fumbles and scooping up one en route to a shoe-tossing return. No wonder Larry Johnson has called the sophomore the best young defensive end he has ever coached.
Rush Defense: When you contain a team to 70 yards, it's a pretty good day. Consider, though that before Kellen Lewis had to step up and run for his life in the last three minutes that that number was minus-11 yards.
Terrell Golden: Using his size and ability to create separation in open space, Golden's four receptions for 40 yards and a touchdown were instrumental at some key moments in this clash.
Evan Royster: Outside of a fumble, Royster continued to run downhill and move piles, rolling up 68 yards on 12 carries (5.7 ypc) and a touchdown.
The Low Five
Justin King: What happened here? King had his worst game ever, playing soft and surrendering 142 yards to James Hardy. I am sure Hardy will be putting a thank you note in the mail to King for helping him to look like a world-beater on Saturday. At least this puts to rest the early-NFL-entry debates for King. Hardy, though, may be a different story.
Turnovers: Losing the ball is still a consistent problem for this team — Morelli with an early interception and Royster with a fumble. Incredible.
Lack of Aggression: Despite getting great field position thanks to multiple turnover generated by the defense, the offensive coaches just refused to put the game away and instead stuck to conservative runs between the tackles and practically no end-zone shots.
The ESPN Crew: Yikes. How bad was this bunch? And the way the game was called, one would have sworn the Hoosiers were playing for a national title, not — as we heard 150 times — to become "bowl eligible." And who knew Matt Millen was an All-American linebacker at PSU?
Return Game: The return game continues to remain stagnant. Where did that early burst go?