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November 3, 2012

Grades: Purdue

Penn State surged to a 34-9 victory over Purdue at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind. How did the Nittany Lions grade out. Check out BWI's report card, here!

QUARTERBACKS Purdue's defensive front put plenty of heat on Matt McGloin initially, but he still hit his share of big plays.

RUNNING BACKS Zach Zwinak started the game and did a nice job of slithering through holes in Purdue's front seven. Michael Zordich was his usual punishing self in scoring both of Penn State's first-half touchdowns.

RECEIVERS Brandon Moseby-Felder enjoyed another strong afternoon, even without the injured Kyle Carter drawing the attention of Purdue's defense.

OFFENSIVE LINE Facing the Big Ten's worst rushing defense, Penn State's offensive front opened up some nice holes for Zwinak and company.

DEFENSIVE LINE Robert Marve proved a surprisingly elusive target for a guy with a torn ACL. But the Nittany Lions did put tremendous pressure on him, even though Jordan Hill left the game in the second quarter with a knee sprain.

LINEBACKERS Purdue's game plan put more pressure on the secondary than on the linebackers, but these guys still made their share of big hits, especially Gerald Hodges.

DEFENSIVE BACKS Purdue attacked Penn State with an array of screen passes, giving Adrian Amos, Stephon Morris and Stephen Obeng-Agyapong a chance to make some big hits.

SPECIAL TEAMS Things started badly, with Penn State surrendering a 47-yard kickoff return to open the game. But otherwise, this was another step forward for Sam Ficken, Alex Butterworth and company.

COACHES You could tell even during warmups that Penn State was jacked up and ready to play - a testament to the coaching staff's success at getting the team refocused following its loss to Ohio State.

CROWD Small and disgruntled, Purdue's crowd didn't have much of an impact on the game. The cold, breezy weather no doubt kept many people away, but the Boilermakers' 0-4 Big Ten record (now 0-5) was likely a much bigger factor.

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