The Daily Orange sees the finish as a major lesson in what-could-have-been for the Orange, who were given opportunities all day long:
There were glimmers of hope sprinkled throughout the game - a goal-line stand here, a long drive there - but Penn State was the constant aggressor Saturday. Before a late score, Syracuse's offense had gone five quarters without a touchdown. The Orange's lone score came on a 16-yard strike from Greg Paulus to wide receiver Donte Davis with the score already out of reach.
Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries was happy with the win, if not with the execution:
It was an easy win for Penn State, but they have to be disappointed in the running game. Syracuse jammed up the middle all day and Penn State struggled to get the running game going for the second week in a row. The passing game wasn't quite as crisp this week as it was last week, but Penn State was able to create some big plays to set up some scores.
ESPN Big Ten blogger Adam Rittenberg says "it wasn't the blowout many had expected from the Nittany Lions, and Syracuse clearly isn't the doormat it has been under ."
Mike Williams TD streak ends at 10 (thanks to a turrable dropped TD pass) but his consecutive games with a reception streak continues at 22. Delone Carter now finds himself within reach of his own milestone as well:
Senior running back Delone Carter needs 22 yards to become the 39th player in Syracuse history to rush for 1,000 yards. Carter led the Orange in rushing with 40 yards on 15 carries.
Greg Paulus finished 14-20 for 105 yards, 1 TD and 2 Ints. Ryan Nassib was 4-5 for 20 yards in a dual role.
Delone Carter led the Orange with 40 yards on 15 carries. Antwon Bailey added 26 yards on 7 carries.
Mike Williams led Orange receivers with 5 catches for 54 yards while Antwon Bailey caught four balls for 9 yards. Donte Davis had only one catch for 16 yards but it was also SU's only TD on the day.