Commentary

Nittany Lions face secondary issues

Updated: November 1, 2007, 2:41 PM ET
By Bruce Hooley | Special to ESPN.com
Penn State (6-3, 3-3) must wonder what happened to its vaunted defense, which figured to power the Nittany Lions to within range of a Big Ten title. Instead, with Purdue coming to State College on Saturday (ESPN, noon ET), the concern is the secondary will get ripped for a third straight week. Indiana and Ohio State had their way with the back seven, and Purdue's Curtis Painter leads the league's second-best passing offense.

• Senior linebacker Dan Connor is five tackles shy of breaking Paul Posluszny's school career tackles record (372). That's pretty impressive for a guy who has fluid drained from his left knee just so he can play. Freshman Chris Colasanti would go if Connor can't, but it would probably take a team of Clydesdales to get Connor off the field in his final home game. Connor had 18 stops and an interception against Ohio State.

• Penn State's secondary was without free safety Tony Davis against OSU because of appendicitis. He's out for Purdue and unlikely to play next week at Temple. That leaves junior Mark Rubin as the starter.

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