Our report card from Penn State's 20-19 loss to Maryland at Beaver Stadium Saturday.
This is tough, because the defense played really well. So did K Sam Ficken. But the offense and punting game drag everything down here.
All that prevents a failing grade is consideration being given to the overmatched offensive line losing its best player.
You hold a team to 196 total yards and 1 of 14 on third downs and you ought to win. Simple as that.
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.
This kind of reflects the overall grade. We get that there is only so much you can do with this O-line.
Even when the Lions were ahead by six, one never got the feeling they were in any type of control.
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.
They were tooting their whistles like Benny Goodman early. But even that was better than the previous week's debacle.
A reported crowd of 103,969. Right. Subtract at least 10,000 from that total.