Penn State-Ohio State: Report Card

Who made the grade and who came up short as the Lions dropped a tough one to the Buckeyes?

Our report card from Penn State's 31-24 loss to Ohio State.

OVERALL: The outmanned Nittany Lions played inspired ball in overcoming a 17-0 halftime deficit to tie it 17-17 at the end of regulation. Who knows how this might have turned out if not for the officiating gaffes?
Grade: B+

OFFENSE: Not a great night, but not horrible. With only one legit turnover, it allowed the defense to keep PSU in the game.
Grade: C

DEFENSE: The Buckeyes came in averaging 46.5 points per game. Mike Hull and company held them to 17 in regulation and none in the second half.
Grade: A

SPECIAL TEAMS: Punting was a disaster again, drawing boos from the crowd. And the Lions had a killer penalty while trying to block an extra point in overtime.
Grade: D

COACHING: James Franklin and staff gave their team a chance to beat a heavy favorite.
Grade: B+

INTANGIBLES: Penn State got on a roll in the second half.
Grade: B

OTHER GUY: OSU is gifted athletically. But this does not seem to be nearly as polished an outfit as we've seen in the past.
Grade: B

OFFICIALS: Incredible that a conference that makes as much money as the Big Ten does has this clown show when it comes to officiating.
Grade: F-

CROWD: Classy for the packed house to give the Lions much respect, even after the tough loss.
Grade: A


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