ILLINOIS: Report Card

Who made the grade and who came up short as the Nittany Lions drubbed the Illini in Champaign? We let you know right here.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Our report card from Penn State's 35-7 win over Illinois here Saturday.

OVERALL: No, it was not perfect. But it was an impressive win, just the same. The Lions were 3-9 in their previous 12 Big Ten openers.
Grade: B+

OFFENSE: Bill O'Brien and Matt McGloin both admitted PSU blew too many scoring chances. The Lions could have scored 50 in this game.
Grade: B-

DEFENSE: Ted Roof's troops bent but only broke on one trick play.
Grade: B+

SPECIAL TEAMS: Another disaster of a day by Sam Ficken offset a lot of good.
Grade: C+

COACHING: O'Brien and his staff did a great job of channeling the emotions of the players into positive things on the field.
Grade: A

INTANGIBLES: Attitude helped Penn State carry the day.
Grade: A+

OTHER GUY: Is it possible for a coach to be on the hot seat five games into his first season with a program? Ugly stuff for Tim Beckman.
Grade: D

OFFICIALS: So many long delays.
Grade: C

CROWD: Given the product on the field, it is difficult to blame the Illini fans for staying away in droves.
Grade: D

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