Penn State-UMass: FOS Report Card

Who made the grade an who came up short as the Nittany Lions had their easiest win over the year? Check out our report card to see.

Our report card from Penn State's 48-7 blowout of UMass at Beaver Stadium.

OVERALL: In some ways, PSU played down to the level of the Minutemen early. By halftime, however, that was nearly forgotten.

Grade: B+

OFFENSE: After a slow start the Nittany Lions really hit their stride, establishing the run for the first time all season.

Grade: B

DEFENSE: Penn State skunked the Minutemen until the fourth quarter, by which time some seldom-used reserves were on the field.

Grade: A-

SPECIAL TEAMS: Nothing to dislike here. K Sam Ficken had a strong all-around game.

Grade: B

COACHING: James Franklin and staff safely navigated the Lions through the expected blowout and got a lot of backups a lot of action.

Grade: B

INTANGIBLES: Penn State looked very much like a Big Ten program and UMass looked very much like a building MAC outfit.

Grade: B

OTHER GUY: The Minutemen have played a rough non-conference schedule (for them), and it clearly has taken a physical toll. Will be interesting to see how they do in the MAC.

Grade: D

OFFICIALS: The zebras did their best to keep things moving in the second half.

Grade: B

CROWD: Many in the announced crowd of 99,155 (wisely) began heading for the exits at halftime.

Grade: B-


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