IU: The High Five

Penn State certainly had its share of highs and lows against Indiana Saturday. See how the team fared on both sides of the spectrum.

Once again the Nittany Lions had a near stand-still start in the first half, struggling to put points on the board. However, the second half was a bit of a different story for Penn State as its managed to get rolling in the 34-7 win over Indiana.


Balanced Ball-carrier: With four carries for 61 yards and a one touchdown and four catches for 62 yards and one touchdown, Derrick Williams had quite the balanced day. Once again he was a go-to guy who made several game-changing plays. It's amazing to think his PSU career is almost over.

Pick Pockets: Jared Odrick, Aaron Maybin, Maurice Evans and the defensive front managed to keep IU quarterback Kellen Lewis on edge all afternoon with consistent penetration of the pocket.

I Get a Kick...: A tip of the hat to Penn State's kicking duo of Kevin Kelly and Jeremy Boone. Sure, Kelly missed hiss first field-goal try, but he closed the day going two for three on field goals, four for four on extra points and had a pooch punt downed at at the 2-yard line. Boone also had a big day kicking, getting PSU out of a few field position jams and having one kick downed at the 1-yard line.

The Hull of It: Middle linebacker Josh Hull has gotten his fair share of criticism over the course of this season. Hull had quite an outing against Indiana, though, leading the team in tackles with seven and pulling down his first career sack. He also Lewis on a variety of occasions.

The Butler Did It: Congratulations to senior wideout Deon Butler, who ended up with five receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown. With his first catch of the day he quietly became PSU's all-time leading reception leader. Not too shabby for a former walk-on.


Stalled Start: Once again the Lions had a slow start in the first half. In fact PSU has not had a solid first quarter since the Oregon State game early in the season. This not only put fans on edge, but also created pressure for a strong second-half performance, which the team came through with.

Coughing Fits: For the second straight game quarterback Daryll Clark had issues holding onto the ball, with two fumbles lost and an interception. This is something the Lions can ill-afford to suffer against Michigan State next Saturday.

Broken Line: The Penn State offensive line had streaks where it struggled keeping the heat off the pocket, resulting in forced passes and sacks. The line settled down, but must get out of the blocks faster next week.

Crowd Controlled: OK, it was wet and a less-than-thrilling clash, but here's hoping the PSU fans step it up on Saturday against Michigan State and give this senior class the thank you it deserves.

Where's the Ball?: You had to get a chuckle when the Big Ten Network announcers called their cameramen "the best in the business," considering they struggled to keep up with the ball most of the game. Heck, they couldn't even get a square shot on the announcers in the booth.

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