Penn State vs. Temple: Report Card

Who made the grade and who came up short as the Nittany Lions grounded the Owls? We let you know with the FOS report card.

Our report card from Penn State's 30-13 win over Temple at Beaver Stadium.

OVERALL

Penn State should have put this game away much earlier. But it did put it away, which matters.
Grade:
B

OFFENSE

Interesting to see the rest of this group pick up the slack for QB Christian Hackenberg for once. The three turnovers prevent a slightly higher grade, though.
Grade:
C

DEFENSE

On the other hand, creating five turnovers (see Adrian Amos’ interception above) mitigates the one brain cramp this group had (a 75-yard pass play).
Grade:
A-

SPECIAL TEAMS

The Owls blocked a field goal when the game was out of reach. Otherwise, nice work by the Lions.
Grade:
B+

COACHING

The defensive staff was on its game. The offensive crew seemed to take too long to figure things out.
Grade:
B

INTANGIBLES

This really had the feel of a classic Penn State-Temple game. The Owls played hard and kept it close for a while. But you just knew they were going to come unraveled at some point.
Grade:
A

OTHER GUY

Former Lions and State High grad Matt Rhule is doing some nice work with limited talent. But the last couple of weeks, his team sure has lacked discipline, with a bunch of killer turnovers and penalties.
Grade:
C-

OFFICIALS

Hey, the AAC has some bad officiating, too.
Grade:
C-

CROWD

A tip of the insulated cap to the reported crowd of 100,173 that braved the cold weather.
Grade:
B


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