Team finds holes in armor

Penn State’s 45-24 win over Buffalo had been over for less than an hour Saturday when the Nittany Lions were encountered with questions concerning the start of the Big Ten season and their next opponent, some team called “Michigan.”

Among them: Are the Nittany Lions where they want to be heading into the Big House this Saturday?

“I thought we were after Notre Dame,” said senior linebacker Dan Connor. “But we showed some weaknesses in this game.”

After cruising through the first three quarters against quarterback Drew Willy and a scrappy bunch of Bulls, the Penn State defense finally surrendered a touchdown this season — then two more — in the fourth. The shaky finish, coupled with another crawling start by the offense, should give the Nittany Lions plenty to think about as they prepare to face the Wolverines this week.

Here’s a look back at Saturday’s running with the Bulls.

The Good

The Bad

The Rest

After his 51-yard reception against Notre Dame last week, Chris Bell was held without a catch Saturday. Fellow wide receiver Terrell Golden, who caught a 27-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, now has seven career catches – nearly a third of his career reception total -- for 20 yards or more. ... Penn State hadn’t allowed 21 offensive points in a quarter since a 27-14 loss to Boston College in 2003. Buffalo’s 395 total yards were the most allowed in a game by the Nittany Lions since Minnesota put up 415 in an overtime game in the sixth week of 2006.