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.
OFFENSE: After a slow start the Nittany Lions really hit their stride, establishing the run for the first time all season.
DEFENSE: Penn State skunked the Minutemen until the fourth quarter, by which time some seldom-used reserves were on the field.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Nothing to dislike here. K Sam Ficken had a strong all-around game.
COACHING: James Franklin and staff safely navigated the Lions through the expected blowout and got a lot of backups a lot of action.
INTANGIBLES: Penn State looked very much like a Big Ten program and UMass looked very much like a building MAC outfit.
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.
OFFICIALS: The zebras did their best to keep things moving in the second half.
CROWD: Many in the announced crowd of 99,155 (wisely) began heading for the exits at halftime.