OHIO: Report Card

Who made the grade and who came up short as the Nittany Lions fell to the Bobcats at Beaver Stadium Saturday?

Our report card from Penn State's 24-14 loss to Ohio at Beaver Stadium Saturday.

OVERALL: We know this outfit has dealt with a lot. But after playing a decent first half, there were no excuses for coming unglued the way it did.
Grade: D

OFFENSE: These guys went in the tank in the second half. Penn State had seven first downs in the second half, and only one of them was on the ground. Once Ohio adjusted to limit the short passing game, QB Matt McGloin could not beat the Bobcats deep. That's a bad sign.
Grade: D

DEFENSE: Penn State gave up 499 yards to a MAC team. It caused no turnovers and had one sack against an offensive line starting two new tackles. This outfit was pushed around in the second half.
Grade: D

SPECIAL TEAMS: Upon further review, punter Alex Butterworth was not as bad as we thought. He averaged only 35.8 yards per kick, including one awful attempt. But three of his five attempts were downed inside the 20 and Ohio had no punt return yardage. The Lions had a blocked punt that set up a score and did well on coverage. The one real negative was LB Gerald Hodges in the return game.
Grade: C+

COACHING: New coach Bill O'Brien said he has to do a better job. He'll get no argument from us. That said, it was his first game. And someone once said you usually see the most improvement between the first and second game.
Grade: D

INTANGIBLES: We're wondering if the emotion of the day might have worked against Penn State in the long run.
Grade: D

OTHER GUY: Ohio played a great second half. Tyler Tettelton may be the best QB the Lions face all year. They better hope he is.
Grade: A

OFFICIALS: So many delays. And you hate to see an official miss a call because he is out of position and falls down.
Grade: C

CROWD: O'Brien asked for a packed house and he didn't get it. But the 97,186 who showed up were into it.
Grade: B


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