PUR: Report Card

Who made the grade and who came up short as the Nittany Lions drubbed the Boilermakers? Check out our grades for the lowdown.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Our report card from Penn State's 34-9 win over Purdue Saturday.

OVERALL: A nice bounce-back win -- on the road -- against a team that had played well against some solid competition earlier in the season.

Grade: B+

OFFENSE: Overall the Lions did damage. But they left a lot of points on the field in the first half.

Grade: B

DEFENSE: Gerald Hodges and company dominated when the game was still in question. The Boilers completed one of their first 12 first downs.

Grade: A-

SPECIAL TEAMS: A long kickoff return allowed to open the game, a poor punt by Alex Butterworth and a personal foul penalty on Michael Mauti offset a lot of the good here.

Grade: C+

COACHING: We can (and do) nitpick. But this ended up being an easy Big Ten road win. Nice work overall by Bill O'Brien and the staff.

Grade: B+

INTANGIBLES: Penn State played like it was supposed to win. Grade: A+

OTHER GUY: Purdue played like it was supposed to lose. Not sure how much longer the overmatched Danny Hope can hang on here.

Grade: F

OFFICIALS: They had no impact on the outcome. But they sure seemed to miss some obvious stuff.

Grade: D+

CROWD: The fans have obviously given up on their team.

Grade: F-

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