Penn State Football: Winners and Losers from the Week 12 Game vs. Indiana
In a season with nothing to lose, the Penn State Nittany Lions may have suffered their biggest loss with the knee injury to linebacker Michael Mauti.
A lot of good came of the Nittany Lions' win over the Indiana Hoosiers, but that was one big blow. So keeping that in context, how did everyone fare in the matchup?
Well, clearly Penn State dominated. Indiana lost in almost every phase of the game with only a few bright spots to show for. The day was a show for the combination of quarterback Matt McGloin and wideout Allen Robinson.
Here's a look at the winners and losers of the Penn State and Indiana game.
WR Shane Wynn
Shane Wynn was on the receiving end of over a third of Cameron Coffman's completions. While he didn't post a touchdown, he posted 12 catches for 108 yards, including a 32-yard catch. The sophomore hadn't tallied 100 yards in the past three games combined and only had 13 catches.
QB Cameron Coffman
Granted, much of his damage was done because Indiana had to play catch up for much of the game, but Coffman still burned the Penn State secondary for 454 yards and 7.7 yards per completion.
The Nittany Lions defense has been exposed a bit of late in the passing game, and Coffman was able to put up quite a few yards. Yes, he did throw two picks, but some of that can probably be attributed to trying to make plays down for much of the game.
RB Stephen Houston
Once getting over double-digit carries, Stephen Houston now plays much more a utility role. He didn't have many touches, but on the two grabs he had on the day, he made them count.
At a time when the Nittany Lions were playing a prevent defense, or should have been, Houston was able to break away for a big 79-yard catch-and-run, getting one of just two TDs for Indiana.
Penn State Winners
QB Matt McGloin
The signal-caller had a career day, throwing for 395 yards on 32 attempts. That's an average of 12.3 yards per attempt. He had a pick but also tossed four scores, including three to his buddy Allen Robinson.
All four of his scores came in the first half, putting Penn State up for good.
WR Allen Robinson
Matt McGloin's favorite target went off as well, snagging 10 passes for 197 yards and three scores. The duo connected for the first three Nittany Lions' touchdowns, including a beautiful 26-yarder to open up the scoring in the first quarter.
LB Gerald Hodges
With the loss of Mauti, somebody had to step up on defense. Gerald Hodges recorded 12 tackles and picked off Coffman. It was the kind of effort somebody in the linebacker corps had to put up to make up for the emotion of losing Mauti.
He's going to have to use this performance as a spring board for the season finale.
The Running Game
They got 24 yards on 26 carries? Well, that isn't good. Four Hoosiers had at least four carries, and only one of them, sophomore D'Angelo Roberts, had more than 20 yards. That isn't going to get it done whatsoever.
The Pass Defense
Allen Robinson torched them for 197 yards and three scores, so this entire squad better be in the dog house this week. At what point does the coach just say, "Alright guys, we're putting everyone on Robinson and shutting him down"?
Penn State Losers
There's really nothing that went wrong for Penn State on Saturday. While they surrendered nearly 500 yards through the air, a lot of that can be attributed to Indiana having to play catch up for much of the game. But Mauti's knee injury put a huge shadow over the final game of the season.
This also really hampers Mauti's career. He's already battled knee injuries in his time in Happy Valley, and it's sad to see such a great season be ended in this fashion. This is more a loss because of him being unable to finish the season and possibly suffering a serious injury more than a lack of performance.
He's been as rock solid at linebacker as they come this year.