Penn State-Maryland: Report Card

Who made the grade and who came up short as the Nittany Lions dropped their fourth consecutive game?

Our report card from Penn State's 20-19 loss to Maryland at Beaver Stadium Saturday.

OVERALL

This is tough, because the defense played really well. So did K Sam Ficken. But the offense and punting game drag everything down here.

Grade: C-

OFFENSE

All that prevents a failing grade is consideration being given to the overmatched offensive line losing its best player.

Grade: D-

DEFENSE

You hold a team to 196 total yards and 1 of 14 on third downs and you ought to win. Simple as that.

Grade: A-

SPECIAL TEAMS

Ficken gets an A+. The coverage units were generally OK (the “key” punt return by the Terps covered only 15 yards). But then you had the bad punting and a killer turnover on a kickoff return.

Grade: C-

COACHING

This kind of reflects the overall grade. We get that there is only so much you can do with this O-line.

Grade: C-

INTANGIBLES

Even when the Lions were ahead by six, one never got the feeling they were in any type of control.

Grade: D

OTHER GUY

The most positive thing we can say about UMD is it made the most of the opportunities it received from Penn State. The Lions could take a lesson from that part of the playbook.

Grade: C+

OFFICIALS

They were tooting their whistles like Benny Goodman early. But even that was better than the previous week's debacle.

Grade: C

CROWD

A reported crowd of 103,969. Right. Subtract at least 10,000 from that total.

Grade: C


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