PSU-Indiana highlights, lowlights
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 44-24 loss to Indiana on Saturday at Memorial Stadium:
Play of the game: Facing second-and-6 from the Indiana 7, down 21-14 in the third quarter, Christian Hackenberg tried to hit Allen Robinson in the end zone. Indiana successfully defended the play, and Robinson landed hard on his back. The Lions settled for a field goal and never recovered.
Offensive player of the game: Indiana quarterback Nate Sudfeld completed 23-of-38 for 321 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensive player of the game: Hoosier cornerback Tim Bennett made a team-high eight solo tackles and broke up four passes.
Most telling statistic: The Lions had three series of 11 plays or more that didn’t result in a touchdown.
Hidden statistic: Penn State ran 93 offensive plays, second-most of Bill O’Brien’s tenure.
Best run: There were longer gains, for sure, but Tre Robinson’s 2-yard touchdown run on third-and-goal through traffic gave the Hoosiers a 28-17 lead in the fourth quarter.
Best pass: Hackenberg’s 14-yard touchdown to Bill Belton late in the game was perfectly placed.
Worst pass: Hackenberg was nearly intercepted and should have been in the second quarter when he undershot a sideline route that Bennett dropped with nothing but green in front of him.
Best catch: Indiana’s Cody Latimer went up to snag a 22-yarder in the first quarter and did a nice job to get a toe inbounds.
Best move: Robinson made a couple of nifty cuts to elude Hoosier defenders on a 46-yard touchdown that tied the game 7-7 in the second quarter.
Catch it, will ya: Stephen Obeng-Agyapong missed a chance for a third-quarter interception, and Jesse James and Eugene Lewis had chances to extend a third-quarter possession with the Lions still in the game.
Hold it, won’t ya: After the Hoosiers went up 35-17 with 10:42 remaining, Lewis fumbled the ensuing kickoff, which put a lid on Penn State’s day.
Best tackle: Indiana corner Michael Hunter torpedoed a flare to Richy Anderson, dumping him for a 5-yard loss in the fourth quarter.
Best block(ing): Indiana blew out the middle of the Penn State defense, including linebacker Glenn Carson, allowing Tevin Coleman to burst 44 yards untouched for a touchdown and a 19-14 lead in the third quarter.
Best hit: Lion cornerback Adrian Amos decked Hoosier tailback Stephen Houston after a second-quarter reception.
Best kick: Indiana punter Erich Toth pooched a 37-yarder to the PSU 5 in the fourth quarter.
Worst kick: Sam Ficken’s 42-yard field-goal attempt was low and blocked late in the first half with the Lions down 10-7.
Best call: Indiana inserted Roberson, its backup quarterback, for a 2-point conversion option that the Hoosiers scored on for a 21-14 lead in the third quarter.
Worst call: On the attempt to Robinson (see play of the game) – even though he’s the Lions’ best offensive player – it was another indication how the PSU staff got away from the run and contributed to 55 passing attempts.
Worst penalty: Hackenberg’s intentional grounding cost the Lions a down in the second quarter, but Indiana offensive tackle Ralston Evans was hit with an illegal receiver downfield penalty, wiping out a touchdown that would have given the Hoosiers a 14-7 lead. Instead, they settled for a field goal.
Best effort: Lewis wrestled the ball away from Bennett, who appeared to have a second-quarter interception.
Unsung hero: Coleman accounted for 147 yards of total offense (20 rushes for 92 yards and seven catches for another 55).