The High Five
Anthony Morelli: Morelli had a solid all-around game, going 22 for 35 (63%) for 210 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, and, although not pretty, he rushed four times for 25 yards. Through today's effort he became PSU's only quarterback ever to have multiple 2,000+ yard passing seasons and deserves a tip of the hat to close out his career in Beaver Stadium in this fashion.
Derrick Williams: Williams came to play and lived up to the billing today, giving fans a treat with a stellar 10 catches for 95 yards (9.5YPC), one receiving touchdown, two rushes for 21 yards (10.5 YPC) and another touchdown rushing. He also returned kickoffs and punts.
Evan Royster: The redshirt freshman had 21 carries and rolled up 126 yards (6.0 YPC) and a touchdown. Royster again showed his ability to read gaps in the defense and leverage his lateral moves.
Dan Connor: Although not a marquee performance for the senior captain, Connor managed to break the all-time tackle record at PSU, broken just a year ago by Paul Posluszny. Nittany Lions said goodbye to another great one today. A tip 'o the hat goes to the defense as well for not only showing up, but playing a solid all-around game.
A Bit of Gusto: Going for it on fourth and short was just one example of the PSU squad showing a bit more gusto than last week. Throw in some toss-ups in the play-calling and it's clear the staff seems to open things up when it's a lesser opponent.
The Low Five:
Special Teams: An opening touchdown kickoff return, a botched extra point, a missed field-goal. The special teams play should be renamed for PSU after this game.
Self-Implosion: Not to take anything away from Penn State in this one, but Purdue had multiple self-inflicted wounds in this one thanks to two late-hit personal founds on Morelli and a roughing-the-kicker penalty.
Flag Football: With 24 flags getting tossed in this game, it was not only a sloppy affair, but the field looked like a laund-o-mat with more than a few questionable calls on both sides.
Student Section: Well into the first quarter the student section was relatively empty. Somewhat embarrassing considering it was Senior Day.
Defensive Questions: Although the defense played solid overall, the unit continues to have question marks around converted players from the offense who have inconsistencies in their games. This was a factor in Purdue's ability to mount some drives and put points on the board.