IU: Report Card

See who made the grade and who didn't cut it in Penn State's 31-20 win over Indiana at Beaver Stadium Saturday.

OVERALL: Everyone on Penn State's side of the field seemed to realize this was anything but a great performance. But, as head coach Joe Paterno said, “All's well that ends well.”
Grade: C

OFFENSE: It can only be considered a disappointment that the Lions never really imposed their will on the worst defense in the Big Ten. Take out Navorro Bowman's long interception return for a score, and State put 24 points on the board.
Grade: C-

DEFENSE: Yes, the Hoosiers had a big day passing the ball. But they've done that against Iowa and Ohio State, too. The Lions did a good job of keeping the action in front of them.
Grade: B

SPECIAL TEAMS: We don't care what Paterno says, because Penn State did anything but “play well” on special teams. Two fumbles on punt returns (both lost). One fumble on a kickoff return (recovered). One clanked chip-shot field goal. Just because a different area is imploding each week does not make it OK, Joe.
Grade: D

COACHING: Paterno and company pushed the right buttons when it mattered. But we give demerits for more lousy special teams play and the flat start.
Grade: C

INTANGIBLES: Even with the Senior Day festivities, there was definitely a post-Ohio State hangover. To their credit, after a poor start, the Lions played like the team that was supposed to win. And they did.
Grade: B-

OTHER GUY: If nothing else, Bill Lynch has instilled heart into the program. If he can build a bit of depth, the Hoosiers might finally make some noise in the Big Ten. Or not.
Grade: C

OFFICIALS: The calls reviewed were upheld and there were only five penalties in the entire game, three on the Hoosiers and two on the Lions. That's what we love to see from the zebras. Refreshing after the Dave Witvoet clown show invaded Beaver Stadium last week.
Grade: B+

CROWD: When the students are all moved into the end zone seats, we don't want to hear a peep. Their sections were two-thirds full at the start of the game on Senior Day.
Grade: C


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