Our report card from Penn State's 34-10 loss to Michigan State at Beaver Stadium Saturday.
Michigan State is a talented, well-coached team. As poorly as the PSU offense and special teams played, it was surprising this game was as close as it was for as long as it was.
Penn State's average starting field position in the first half was its own 42. Three possessions in the second quarter started inside Spartan territory. You can't be set up like that and come away with only three points.
Sure there were some lapses. But MSU had only one TD drive longer than 20 yards. Take away the Spartans' special teams score and they were held 17 points below their season average.
Giving up a touchdown on the opening kick set an ominous tone here.
More nice work by the defensive staff. Not so much from the offensive and special teams guys.
Even when the game was close, one never got the feeling Michigan State was in any sort of trouble.
There was nothing fancy about MSU. Just a good football team getting the job done in a game it was supposed to win.
Not that it would have made much of a difference, but it sure looked like the zebras allowed the Spartan DBs to get away with some overly physical play. Give MSU credit for realizing this and taking advantage.
Given the parking issues and Thanksgiving break timing, we won't be too rough here.