As Bill O'Brien sprinted off into the locker after an awkward handshake with Tim Beckman, he couldn't have been anything but proud of his team.
In many aspects, the Nittany Lions have come a long way since their opening loss to Ohio.
In their game against Illinois, Penn State was able to find a solid mix of power running and play action passing that led to a 35-7 romping of the Illini.
Most of the Nittany Lion team looked solid, with Michael Mauti leading the defense and Matt McGloin displaying his control over the offense.
But Illinois was still able to muster some offense, and at times, the Illini exposed some of Penn State's weakness.
Here is a report card for each of Penn State's starters in Saturday's game against Illinois.