UCF: Report Card

Who made the grade and who came up short as Penn State could not stop the Knights Saturday night? We give you the lowdown.

Our report card from Penn State's 34-31 loss to UCF at Beaver Stadium Saturday.

OVERALL: Some ugly play, especially on defense. But we liked that the Lions never gave up.
Grade: C-

OFFENSE: There were outstanding individual performances but we have yet to see this entire unit really click.
Grade: B-

DEFENSE: It gave up some ridiculous long plays. It tackled poorly. It came up big in a clutch situation only once. All that prevents a failing grade here is that the defenders at least tried to keep fighting.
Grade: D-

SPECIAL TEAMS: The return game was solid, Sam Ficken did a nice job and Alex Butterworth downed both of his punts inside the 20. Not sure we can give credit for the bad UCF punt snap that eventually led to PSU's final score, though.
Grade: B

COACHING: We'll say it: George O'Leary coached circles around his former assistant.
Grade: C-

INTANGIBLES: We never got the sense Penn State was in any danger of losing its first two games. It was kind of the other way around following the first few possessions in this one.
Grade: D

OTHER GUY: Penn State better hope Blake Bortles and company are as good as they looked in Beaver Stadium Saturday night. We'll find out soon enough as UCF plays host to South Carolina in two weeks (following a bye).
Grade: B+

OFFICIALS: I'm sure fans will find calls or non-calls to dispute. But to say anything negative about the zebras would be to imply they had an impact on the outcome of the game. And they did not, in our view.
Grade: B

CROWD: The folks in the stands were loud. They deserved a better effort than they got, especially from the PSU defense.
Grade: B

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