WIS: Report Card

See who failed and who failed worse as we hand out grades for Penn State's lopsided road loss to Wisconsin in Madison.

MADISON, Wis. — Our report card from Penn State's 45-7 loss to Wisconsin here Saturday.

OVERALL: With all due respect to what this team has endured, there really is no excuse for taking a beating of this magnitude.
Grade: F

OFFENSE: The Lions moved the ball well at times but could not make plays in the clutch. And they hurt themselves with penalties, even when the game was out of hand.
Grade: F

DEFENSE: The best scoring defense in the Big Ten didn't show up in this game. Sure, it was gassed because Wisconsin had such a possession advantage. But a big reason for that was PSU's inability to get stops on third down.
Grade: F

SPECIAL TEAMS: There was some good stuff here. But it was offset by multiple fumbles on returns, two of which the Lions lost.
Grade: D+

COACHING: Outside of the first two possessions of the game -- one by the Badgers and one by the Lions -- Tom Bradley and company didn't seem to push any of the right buttons.
Grade: F

INTANGIBLES: The pressure of the last few weeks obviously caught up with this group. We feel bad for the players and respect the way they've handled themselves in difficult times. But a 38-point loss is a 38-point loss.
Grade: F

OTHER GUY: Wisconsin is amazing at home. We'll see how the Badgers react in their rematch with Michigan State on neutral turf (Indianapolis) next week.
Grade: A

OFFICIALS: Even a perfectly officiated game would not have saved Penn State. But it sure seemed like Wisconsin got the benefit of the doubt at nearly every turn.
Grade: D

CROWD: Great turnout on Thanksgiving weekend.
Grade: B


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