Indiana will gladly take ugly so far as the 1-3 Hoosiers have more than kept pace with Penn State so far.
Let's take a look at the first half.
It has been no laughing matter today. The Penn State offense looks like a total mess against the nation's 78th-ranked defense. Neither Bolden nor McGloin has looked like Big Ten starting quarterbacks, as they've combined to complete 8 of 21 passes for 131 yards with no touchdowns and an interception in the end zone. Ugh. Does Penn State have two quarterbacks or no quarterbacks? We'd all like to see a decision made, but McGloin and Bolden aren't making it easy. Maybe it'll change in the second half.
On the flip side, Indiana deserves a ton of credit for stifling Penn State, especially after last week's loss to North Texas. Co-defensive coordinator Mike Ekeler called out the unit and it has responded, recording two takeaways and keeping Penn State out of the end zone.
Dusty Kiel got the start at quarterback for Indiana because Ed Wright-Baker sustained a knee injury in practice this week. Kiel has completed 10 of 18 passes with an interception. He's getting no help from the run game and needs to find ways to stretch the field in the second half. But Indiana is right there in this one, 30 minutes away from a confidence-boosting win.