OVERALL: It may not have been a thing of beauty, but it probably helped this team to have to grind out a win.
OFFENSE: Picked a good day not to be clicking on all cylinders. Which brings us to the next department
DEFENSE: Picked a good day to play its best game of the year. It's official: Joe Paterno has Joe Tiller's number.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Solid all around, especially considering the kicking-game antics Purdue suffered.
COACHING: We thought PSU got too cute on some of those third-down plays. Overall, though, the group did a good job even though the head man was in the press box.
INTANGIBLES: One got the sense the Boilermakers came on the field knowing they were going to lose.
OTHER GUY: Sad to see this happening in Tiller's last year. But the Big Ten has obviously caught up to his once-innovative ways.
OFFICIALS: Don't think they made an impact either way. Though it was curious that while being dominated, Purdue did not commit a single penalty.
CROWD: Lots of empty seats and seemed like a good number of folks missed the memo about the Blackout.