EMU: Report Card

Who made the grade and who came up short in Penn State's victory Saturday? Get the lowdown on what went down right here.

Our report card from Penn State's 34-6 win over Eastern Michigan at Beaver Stadium Saturday.

OVERALL: Funny how Penn State was a 28-point favorite going into the game and won by -- you guessed it -- 28 points. Amazing how accurate the odds-makers can be. This was pretty much what we expected.
Grade: B

OFFENSE: We like that the Nittany Lions were able to shake the passing game free. It would have been nice to see the ground game have more success, though.
Grade: B-

DEFENSE: The starters bent a little but never did break, allowing only a field goal after an interception gave EMU a very short field.
Grade: A-

SPECIAL TEAMS: Anthony Fera did a little of everything and did it well. That's a very good sign heading into Big Ten play.
Grade: B+

COACHING: Nice all-around effort by the staff coming off a shaky performance vs. Temple. Yeah, we know the Owls throttled Maryland Saturday. But we still contend that game should not have been as close as it was. Regardless, PSU played well in most areas Saturday, and that is a positive reflection of the staff.
Grade: B

INTANGIBLES: @#$*%^# injuries. Your heart goes out to Mike Mauti for having to deal with another ACL issue. And I hope I never have to see another player go off the field after being immobilized. Fortunately, it looks like D'Anton Lynn is going to be OK.
Grade: NA

OTHER GUY: What was that Ron English was saying about Penn State's predictable offense?
Grade: D

OFFICIALS: Seemed like a solid job by the zebras. They nailed the fumble call on PSU fullback Michael Zordich.
Grade: B+

CROWD: Like it or not, this will be par for the course for subpar nonconference opponents from here on out.
Grade: D


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