Blue White Illustrated

Indiana Postgame

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Saturday was not, in fact, "Opposite Day" at Memorial Stadium. Penn State fans might have assumed that to be the case a@er hearing head coach James Franklin speak to reporters following the Nittany Lions' 13-7 win against Indiana. "I want to open by saying that was the prettiest win I've ever seen in my 20 years [as a coach]," he said. "The water tastes better right now, the Gatorade tastes better... everything is good right now. We're really proud of our guys." In terms of aesthetics, the battle between the P O S T G A M E R E P O R T W E E K 9 P E N N S T A T E 1 3 , I N D I A N A 7 N o V E m B E R 8 , 2 0 1 4 B l U E w h i t E o N l i N E . c o m THE GAME AT A GLANCE GOOD NEWSThe de- fense didn't give up a single point on Satur- day. Even against an injury-ravaged Indi- ana squad, that's an impressive accom- plishment. BAD NEWS Penn State managed only 13 points against an In- diana defense that had been giving up 43 per game in Big Ten play. Take away Bill Belton's miraculous 92-yard TD run, and the Lions averaged 1.9 yards per rushing attempt. THE TAKEAWAY Coming on the heels of four consecutive losses, the Lions wanted this victory in the worst possible way... and that's pretty much how they got it. Christian Hackenberg had a scattershot after- noon, the red-zone difficulties contin- ued, and there's no reason to think Penn State would have pre- vailed had it been playing a better op- ponent. But a win's a win, and PSU needs only one more to be- come bowl-eligible. 1 RUNNING FREE Bel- ton's 92- yard TD run changed the game's mo- mentum in the second quarter. Photo by Steve Manuel N A T E   B A U E R | N B A U E R @ B l U E w h i t E o N l i N E . c o m Breaking away Lions overcome Indiana to halt losing streak

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