The TicketCity Bowl ended with a sigh of relief that Penn State had survived through the 2011 season. A 9-4 season capped off by two beatings by Wisconsin and Houston seems only fitting seeing the way the program fell apart. Case Keenum had his way with the Penn State defense, that is usually very stingy against the pass, throwing for 532 yards and 3 touchdowns. Keenum made his case for the NFL and PSU deserves credit for helping him.
Rob Bolden on the other hand was the polar opposite of Keenum. Bolden looked sloppy, unprepared and flat out uninterested in a game where he very well could have been playing for his Penn State life. Bolden, who asked for a transfer last off-season, may very well ask for one again. Without JoePa stopping him, he may be on his way out. The offensive line could not open up running lanes for Silas Redd and seemed to get man handled by a Conference USA defensive line during key stretches. The bowl game was terrible and it looked like the team wanted the season to be over just as bad as the fans. The season was not a complete failure. In a year where the Sandusky scandal led to the end of the JoePa era, and the quarterback controversy that existed throughout the entire season, its hard not to be happy it’s over. The team still went to a bowl game and did pretty well considering the impossible circumstances.