Penn State Handles Indiana

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Our PSU student correspondent Ali chimes in on Saturday's Indiana game.

The Nittany Lions still looked a little hungover from last
week at the start of the game, and so did the crowd. For the first time this
season, the student section wasn’t even filled. It was obvious the fans’ hearts
were broken, and the weather didn’t help inspire the crowd much. It wasn’t until the 3rd quarter
that the fans seemed to get into it – about the same time the team started
giving us reasons to cheer. Evan Royster fighting off defenders and getting to
the end zone on the opening drive helped that cause.

The Penn State defense was absolutely dominant in the 2nd
half, allowing only 1 first down. After a very uneventful 1st
quarter, they gave up a big touchdown run in the 2nd quarter but
didn’t allow the Hoosiers too much of anything after that. Penn State’s offense
woke up in the 2nd half after some sloppy turnovers, and senior Deon
Butler became Penn State’s career reception leader with 172 catches. The result
was a 34-7 win over Indiana.

The regular season comes to an end on Saturday with Michigan
State coming to Beaver Stadium on senior day. Hopefully the intensity in the
stands and on the field will be back as this is a must win game. A Nittany Lion
victory will solidify JoePa’s team a spot in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s day.

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