Kurt Hess, in what little of the game he played, was nearly perfect, throwing for 138 yards and two touchdowns. Backup Patrick Angle did well for his first action of his career. He was 6-of-10 for 50 yards and became more comfortable as the game went along.
Running backs: A
This unit probably had the best all around day. The Penguins put up 334 rushing yards and five touchdowns. Torrian Pace got a lot of time as Jamaine Cook sat most of the game. Pace looked good in the runs he got. Demond Hymes is going to be good when his time comes.
Christian Bryan had his first touchdown of the season, and Will Shaw caught his second. Andrew Williams had the longest catch of the day - a grab of 42 yards. With Angle taking a majority of the snaps, the game plan stayed simple and allowed the running game to take over.
Offensive line: A
Steady and consistent as always. No sacks to any quarterback, and there were holes that were opened for the running game that a tank could have drove through. Andrew Radakovich moved around the line, giving him some different looks at other positions.
Defensive line: A
Another great effort from the front four. Emmanuel Kromah and Terrell Williams each had sacks and there was pressure on Valparaiso quarterback Eric Hoffman all game. And Valpo only netted 47 yards rushing. Stellar effort by this unit.
Travis Williams stepped up in a big way for this corps. Dubem "Bam"?Nwadiogbu was a last-minute scratch from the starting lineup, and Williams came through in a big way. He led the team with 10 tackles, two for loss and had one forced fumble. Ali Cheaib added six tackles.
This group continues to improve each game. Deionte Williams had eight tackles and Taylor Parnell added a sack. Most of the passing yards came in the second half, when the second string was in the game. But the first team had a great run in the first half.
Eric Wolford and his staff had a definite game plan. Get an early lead and get the younger guys in to get as many reps as possible. Mission accomplished. In this third year, Wolford definitely has this program exactly where he wants it, and his players are buying into every word.
Special teams: A
Valpo was smart and kept the ball away from Andre Stubbs on kickoffs. David Brown was 1-for-1 on field goals and 8-for-8 on PATs. And the special teams unit blocked a punt. Niles native Nick Liste was called upon twice for punts, averaging 32.5 yards.