Nov 17, 2012; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Bill O

Penn State - Indiana Halftime Observations Beyond the Box Score

The Nittany Lions lead the Hoosiers by a score of 28-13 in a game that is closer than that score indicates. Here’s how we got there:

So…Michael Mauti took what appears to be a dirty, uncalled chop block and was carted off. The silence here at Beaver Stadium was insane. As the press box realized who was down on the field, you could hear the same “awwwww noooo” being muttered by the non-cheering media. The air went out of the crowd and the team but it has come back a bit. This is a team with tremendous leadership and these guys realize there is still a game to be played. On the bright side, Mike Hull is a more-than-capable replacement for Mauti.

Penn State’s power running game is working for the most part. Zwinak had 47 yards in the first quarter, 43 more in the 2nd and has been close to breaking a couple big runs. Also, nice touchdown “catch.”

Allen Robinson has already had a big day with 6 catches, 103 yards and 3 first half touchdowns.  And he may not be done.

The offense seems to be missing Kyle Carter but the big gain by James helped to offset that.

The offensive line has been losing the battle in the trenches. Indiana seems to be getting pressure much more often than I had expected.

On defense, Indiana is going ultra-hurry-up at times. They aren’t afraid to go with a short passing game out of it, but they’re looking to catch the safeties off guard.

The secondary misses Willis.

Hodges has their back.

When Indiana does try to go long, Hill, Barnes and the crew are getting pressure. Hill drilled Coffman after a throw in the 2nd.

In the second half, look for Penn State to crank up the pressure as Indiana’s running game has been non-existent.

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