After last week's loss, many, myself included, openly wondered whether this team could find the enthusiasm to keep playing at the high level they'd accustomed themselves to. This game was certainly an answer in the affirmative.
Purdue certainly didn't prove a challenging test--they drop to 0-5 in the conference, and Danny Hope's job prospects slip more and more with each passing week--but Penn State did to them what good teams do to bad ones. Next week's trip to Lincoln beckons, and Penn State's got the momentum headed back in the right direction.
Penn State has, of course, had some high-profile sanctions as a result of the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse case. Many pundits around the nation thought that the Nittany Lions would be a doormat for the next decade, losing their relevency in the Big Ten.
However, that hasn't happened. Penn State's players have overcome the adversity under first year head coach Bill O'Brien to become one of the best teams in the conference, with a hard-nosed style that recalls the days of Joe Paterno.
Against Purdue, the Nittany Lions ran up and down the field seemingly at will, earning another victory and moving further past the memories of the offseason.
The Penn St. Nittany Lions continued to play well on Saturday afternoon, storming out to a 20-3 lead over the Purdue Boilermakers. Penn State fell behind early in the first quarter, but 20 unanswered points have put the team in good position to win its sixth game of the season.
The Boilermakers worked their way down the field on their first offensive possession, but eventually stalled inside the 10-yard line. Sam McCartney then hit a 22-yard field goal to take the early 3-0 advantage.
It was all Nittany Lions after that one. Sam Ficken hit a 27-yard field goal to tie the game. That was followed by a Michael Zordich touchdown run from 6 yards out. Ficken then hit a 24-yard field goal to take a 13-3 lead, and another touchdown run from Zordich midway through the second quarter gave Penn State a 20-3 lead they are yet to relinquish.
The second half is about to begin. You can catch the game live on ESPNU.