Penn State came out on the right end of a 45-22 tilt at Beaver Stadium on Saturday. Get the highs and lows from the day right here.
Penn State's Gerald Hodges was all over the field on Saturday.
GAME BALL (OFFENSE) - Allen Robinson - Penn State
When the Nittany Lions needed a big play, there was no doubt who would step up to fill the void. Sophomore wide receiver Allen Robinson finished the game with 10 catches for 197 yards and three touchdowns, with all three scores coming in the first half. Robinson had six catches for 103 yards at the break, setting the pace for Matt McGloin's 395-yard day through the air.
GAME BALL (DEFENSE) - Gerald Hodges - Penn State
With teammate Michael Mauti going to the turf in the first quarter with another knee injury, Hodges stepped up and made his presence felt. He finished with a game-high 12 tackles, a tackle for loss and an interception in the second quarter to halt an Indiana drive and set up a Penn State touchdown. Indiana defensive tackle Adam Repogle is worth a mention as well for his day, which included a sack and four tackles for loss.
GAME BALL (SPECIAL TEAMS) - Mitch Ewald - Indiana
Ewald's 3 for 4 performance on field goals, which included two makes from outside 40 yards, was probably overshadowed by a missed extra point in the third quarter. He was still solid otherwise and put three of his five kickoffs into the end zone.
PLAY OF THE GAME - Penn State needed something… anything… to get going down three points in the second quarter. Naturally, the Lions went to Allen Robinson, who in one ridiculous spin move turned a third down receiver screen into a 53-yard touchdown to put the Nittany Lions up for good.
WORST PASS - Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin tried to get away from the pass rush of Indiana's David Cooper early in the third quarter, and while in the grasp he chucked it towards the sidelines hoping to throw the ball away. The pass did not make it back to the line of scrimmage and the Nittany Lions were flagged for intentional grounding.
BEST RUN - Checking in at tailback for starter Zach Zwinak, fullback Mike Zordich took a carry on a nifty draw off the left side and rumbled for 23 yards before being brought down at the Indiana 15 in the second quarter. The Nittany Lions hit paydirt three plays later.
WORST RUN Seeking to build off of the momentum of a well-timed onside kick call, Indiana tried to go straight into the teeth of the Nittany Lions' defense with running back D'Angelo Roberts. Roberts was dropped for a 1-yard loss and sucked a bit of momentum from the Hoosiers.
BEST CATCH - Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson - as he has done all season - made it look easy as he went up over an Indiana defender and hauled in a 26-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, his ninth of the season.
BEST BLOCK - Penn State guard Ty Howle got out in front of Allen Robinson and buried a Hoosiers defender in the open field to spring a 20-yard gain and a first down in the third quarter.
WORST BLOCK - Indiana running back D'Angelo Bentley went low on Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti, who was engaged with an Indiana lineman at the time, and the result may have cost Mauti the rest of the season.
WORST FUMBLE - Zach Zwinak's fumbling problems continued at an inopportune time, as he had the ball swatted away from his arms on a carry in the third quarter that was recovered by Indiana's Mark Murphy.
BEST KICK - Indiana kicker Mitch Ewald was able to make it look easy on a second quarter attempt, knocking a 44-yarder comfortably through the uprights to make it a 14-13 game.
WORST KICK - Indiana had a chance to make it a one-score game after a quick strike in the third quarter made it 28-19, but Mitch Ewald's extra point hooked wide left and the deficit remained nine points.
BEST TACKLE - Needing a stop on a third and one, Penn State linebacker Gerald Hodges came up big with a tackle for loss in the flat to force a field goal attempt.
BEST SACK - Penn State senior Sean Stanley got to Indiana quarterback Cameron Coffman at a pivotal time in the third quarter to halt a Hoosiers' drive.
WORST SACK - Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin couldn't find anyone open downfield, so he retreated back… and back… and was dropped for an ugly 16-yard loss that essentially killed a drive.
BEST PICK - Penn State linebacker Gerald Hodges made a fantastic play to even knock down a Cameron Coffman pass late in the second quarter, but it was the extra effort to corral the deflection that landed him a turnover and gave the ball back to the Nittany Lions.
BEST CALL - Indiana caught the Nittany Lions completely off guard as kicker Mitch Ewald tapped the ball off the tee and jumped on it 11 yards later on an onside kick early in the third quarter. Indiana took over on their own 46.
HEADS UP AWARD - Penn State punter Alex Butterworth got the most out of a friendly roll on a first quarter punt, but hats off to the Nittany Lions' coverage team, who pinned the Hoosiers inside their own 2-yard line.
MOST TELLING STATISTIC - 3 of 17
Indiana did a nice job moving the football on Penn State, throwing for 454 yards on the day, but it was the Hoosiers' inability to convert on third down that transformed what felt like a close game into a 23-point romp. Indiana continually shot itself in the foot with poor playcalling and mistakes on third down on the day.
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