TEMPLE: Report Card

Who made the grade and who came up short in Penn State 22-13 win over the Owls? We give you the lowdown in our weekly grades.

The grades from the Penn State football team's 22-13 win over Temple.

OVERALL: With all due respect to Temple, this game should have never been so close.
Grade: C

OFFENSE: The Nittany Lions finally got the running game going but were awful in the red zone.
Grade: C-

DEFENSE: Temple had only eight first downs and 202 total yards, 51 of which came on one play. Once the defense got its bearings, it was fine. And we like the four forced turnovers.
Grade: B-

SPECIAL TEAMS: Collin Wagner was solid, even though none of his field-goal attempts were testers. But the Lions had a long punt return wiped out by a hold and Justin Brown -- who overall has been a blessing for the punt-return game -- should have never fielded the kick that put PSU in a deep hole in the fourth quarter.
Grade: C+

COACHING: Did we mention this game should have never been so close?
Grade: C+

INTANGIBLES: When the Nittany Lions had to make a play, they did.
Grade: B+

OTHER GUY: Al Golden and company used smoke and mirrors to keep this game close. The Owls had 46 passing yards on the game and were still in it deep into the fourth quarter?
Grade: B

OFFICIALS: The zebras seemed to get most calls right. We like that they went to replay to correctly overturn a pass-interference call on PSU (the receiver had stepped out of bounds).
Grade: B

CROWD: The offense finally gave them something to cheer about late in the fourth quarter.
Grade: B-


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