ISU: Report Card

Who made the grade and who came up short in Penn State's thumping of Indiana State? Check out our report card for details.

FIGHT ON STATE REPORT CARD
Penn State 41, Indiana State 7

OVERALL: An easy win that was never in question and only one injury (that appeared to be minor). All in all, a good opener.
Grade: B

OFFENSE: We obviously did not see everything in Penn State's arsenal. Even so, it sure seemed like the Lions should have scored more than they did. The 2-for-10 showing on third downs is cause for concern.
Grade: C

DEFENSE: ISU had 170 yards of total offense. Of those, 81 -- not to mention the Sycamores' lone TD -- came in the final quarter, by which time PSU was playing mostly subs. Throw in three forced turnovers and you're looking at a solid effort by Tom Bradley's crew.
Grade: A

SPECIAL TEAMS: Some very good (Chaz Powell's kickoff return, punt coverage) and some very bad (the place-kicking, a near blocked punt). Things were dicey enough that we are officially issuing a special team's disaster warning for next week's showdown with Alabama.
Grade: C

COACHING: We'll quibble over the fourth-down end-around to Derek Moye and the decision to go with a converted position player at place-kicker, just because we like to quibble. Overall, though, the quarterback situation was well-handled, a lot of players saw the field and a certain head coach did not see the field.
Grade: B

INTANGIBLES: Didn't need 'em in this game.
Grade: NA

OTHER GUY: The FCS Sycamores knew they were in this for a paycheck. But we didn't see any quit in them. Tough bunch.
Grade: B

OFFICIALS: Nothing terrible jumped out at us and the only replay review upheld the call on the field. Nice work, zebras.
Grade: A

CROWD: We don't care who the opponent was or what's gone on with the seat license (yeah, we said it) program. Some 20,000 empty seats for an opener is lame.
Grade: D

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