No. 400: Report Card

Who made the grade and who came up short as Penn State rolled past Northwestern? Check it out in our report card.

The FOS Report Card from Penn State's 35-21 win over Northwestern at Beaver Stadium Saturday.

OVERALL: Penn State obviously did not want to fall behind by three TDs. But once it got there, the entire team responded extremely well.
Grade: B+

OFFENSE: The Nittany Lions finished with 268 yards passing and 260 yards rushing. Talk about perfect balance.
Grade: B+

DEFENSE: Can't do much better than this grade, considering the Wildcats really only had one great offensive weapon and it took the Lions 30 minutes to figure out how to stop him.
Grade: B-

SPECIAL TEAMS: The only real issue was Collin Wagner coming up waaaaay short on a 52-yard field-goal attempt.
Grade: B

COACHING: Sure, we're swayed a bit here by the head coach's milestone win. But really, just about everyone pushed all the right buttons following halftime.
Grade: A-

INTANGIBLES: Once the Lions got rolling, it became clear there would be not stopping them.
Grade: A

OTHER GUY: This marks the second big game in which Northwestern has come from way ahead to lose.
Grade: C

OFFICIALS: A fair number of flags thrown but most of them seemed legit.
Grade: B

CROWD: Thousands of empty seats for a potentially historic game? Kudos to the fans who did show up for cheering like crazy and then hanging around for the postgame ceremony.
Grade: B


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