Saturday, October 1, 2011
Penn State survives in Bloomington
By Adam Rittenberg
The formula is pretty obvious at this point for Penn State: play great defense and hope the offense generates just enough production.
It worked again today as Penn State posted an ugly win. Penn State can't feel too good about itself after a 16-10 triumph against Indiana.
There's still not much clarity at quarterback, although Matthew McGloin (10-for-22 passing, 204 yards, TD) was more productive than Rob Bolden (6-for-14 passing 67 yards, INT) against the Hoosiers. McGloin would be my pick at this point, simply because the offense runs better when he's in the game. Penn State needs a resolution under center, but neither player has truly separated himself.
The offensive line continues to show inconsistency. I figured this would be a big day for Silas Redd and the run game, but Penn State averaged just 3.9 yards a carry. It didn't help that Redd fumbled inside the 5-yard line, one of two red zone turnovers by Penn State.
Once again, the defense carried the Lions, as it has all season. Indiana didn't score a touchdown for more than 56 minutes. Penn State held the Hoosiers to 71 rush yards.
But this formula won't last for Penn State. Next week's home date with Iowa could chart the course for the rest of Penn State's season. With Iowa's offense on fire, Penn State's offense needs to find more production.
Indiana deserves a lot of credit, especially after last week's embarrassing performance at North Texas. The defense answered the coaches' challenge and made plays throughout the day at critical points. Indiana's defenders certainly can take away some positives.
The offense needs to start faster and generate more of a rushing attack. But without quarterback Ed Wright-Baker and running back D'Angelo Roberts, you couldn't expect too much today.
Still, Kevin Wilson can build off of this game.