UCF: Report Card

Who made the grade and who came up short as Penn State opened the Franklin era with a win? Check it out.

DUBLIN -- Our report card from Penn State's 26-24 win over UCF in Dublin Saturday. Chime in with your grades on our TAP Forum.

OVERALL: No, it wasn't perfect. But given the caliber of the opponent, it is difficult to classify this win as anything other than impressive. In our eyes, the final result deserved a better grade than the various parts.
Grade: A-

OFFENSE: One thing was working -- the passing game -- and the staff wisely stuck with it. Sooner or (more likely) later, the Lions will have to be able to run the pigskin.
Grade: B

DEFENSE: A few breakdowns were mitigated by a great goal-line stand and a strong overall effort. UCF finished with 246 total yards.
Grade: B+

SPECIAL TEAMS: Sam Ficken was perfect on FGs and Grant Haley looks like he can be special in the kick return game. But the kick coverage unit was burned for a big one and the punt-return guys seemed out of whack.
Grade: B

COACHING: Franklin and Co. did a nice job against UCF legend George O'Leary.
Grade: B+

INTANGIBLES: Impressive to see such a young team perform so well in the clutch.
Grade: A

OTHER GUY: Looked like UCF felt its personnel losses more than Penn State.
Grade: C

OFFICIALS: Some really dicey stuff from the AAC crew in this one. But hey, it was its first game of the year, too.
Grade: D

CROWD: In a word, amazing. Not sure how many other schools -- if any -- could bring this sort of throng overseas.
Grade: A++

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