OVERALL: Penn State receives plenty of credit for rallying from a 14-0 hole and then making key plays when it mattered.
OFFENSE: Galen Hall and Jay Paterno pushed the right buttons at the right times. Sure PSU could have and should have scored more against a lousy defense. But the Lions tallied enough to win.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Same old same old. Boone was great. Kelly made you pull your hair out. The kickoff coverage team was lousy.
COACHING: We really didn't have any problem with Penn State's strategy in this one. Overall, a fine job by Joe Paterno and company in his 500th game as head coach of the Lions.
INTANGIBLES: The Lions and their fans used the idiotic cheerleader comment about Paterno being on his deathbed as motivation.
OTHER GUY: For a now 7-6 team, the Aggies sure did their share of yapping. And nearly every positive play resulted in some sort of celebration. Act like you've been there before, guys. We can see why this operation had to be blown up. We really liked Stephen McGee, though.
OFFICIALS: Conference USA zebras seemed to do a good job all the way around.
CROWD: We'll spare you the cliché Alamo reference of being outnumbered yet fighting valiantly. The Penn State crowd was terrific. And its team won.