Purdue wide receiver DeAngelo Yancey (7) scores on a 62-yard pass in front of Penn State cornerback Amani Oruwariye (21) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016.
The Whitehall High School graduate had an 81-yard touchdown run with 13:56 left in the fourth quarter to give Penn State a 48-24 lead.
When Penn State took the field one week ago, the electricity flowing through Beaver Stadium was palpable, the juice that came from a "whiteout", a sellout crowd of more than 107,000 and the opponent's being No. 2 and then-undefeated Ohio State.
Check out the scene as the Nittany Lions rolled into Ross-Ade Stadium for a game with the Boilermakers. Redshirt freshman running Andre Robinson only had two carries for 23 yards, but scored twice. Play was much tighter in the second half, highlighted by Brandon Smith's impressive interception.
"The game was taken away from me for four weeks", Blacknall said.
"We wanted to limit the number of minutes and get them a break on their legs because we need to win on Sunday so we can finish second in the league", Warming said.
Franklin has presided over victories before, 18 of them with the Nittany Lions, but nothing almost as significant as Saturday night's one-for-the-ages decking of No. 2 Ohio State. With the victory, Penn State became bowl-eligible.
The Wildcats couldn't pull off a win in Columbus - something they haven't done since 1971 - but came mighty close, putting together some terrific drives and playing some stout defense for stretches.
However, this is a team that ranks among the worst programs in the nation stopping the run (249 yards per game). McSorley completed 8 of 14 first-half passes for 162 yards and one touchdown. "We've got to do all these things better and buy in better, to get us to a point where we are then going to see some of those rewards".
If you needed any more proof that this Northwestern team has totally transformed since its ugly 1-3 start, how about putting Ohio State on upset alert?
McSorley's treats: Penn State coach James Franklin revealed this week that quarterback Trace McSorley's mother, Andrea, provides motivation for the offensive linemen before each game.
On the quiet bus ride home from Pittsburgh and flight home from Ann Arbor, Penn State's players retreated into their seats.
441: The number of total yards the Purdue defense yields per game. Despite a leaky defense, Purdue has been in a handful of games with a chance to win, but simply hasn't gotten the job done.
A week after struggling offensively in an upset loss at Penn State, the Ohio State offense again went silent for a long stretch. Adjustments as the game went on paid dividends as the Boilermakers had nothing going late.
The Lions can win the Big Ten East, and earn a spot in the conference championship game, by winning their five remaining games and getting some help.