PSU vs. BC: Pinstripe Report Card

Who made the grade and who came up short as the Nittany Lions edged the Eagles in Yankee Stadium? We let you know right here.

Our report card from Penn State's 31-30 Pinstripe victory over Boston College.

OVERALL

Any bowl victory is a good bowl victory for a program that was not allowed in the postseason the previous two seasons and had not won a bowl since the 2009 Cap One. We'll nitpick a bit on the other areas.

GRADE: A

OFFENSE

Two turnovers were really all that prevented the Lions from taking a big lead early. But to their credit, Christian Hackenberg and company kept right on grinding.

GRADE: B

DEFENSE

For once, the PSU offense had to help bail out the defense. But this side of the ball came up big as the offense was mounting its rally.

GRADE: B

SPECIAL TEAMS

There was a lot of good. But the 75-yard kickoff return this unit allowed dragged down the overall grade.

GRADE: B-

COACHING

James Franklin and company kept the Lions focused, even when they trailed by two scores.

GRADE: B

INTANGIBLES

It wasn't over until Penn State said it was over.

GRADE: A

OTHER GUY

BC is a tough team, to be sure, and ran the ball far better than we thought they would. But the Eagles' defense seemed overmatched.

GRADE: C

OFFICIALS

They missed a blatant block in the back on a BC punt return and hit Lion DB Adrian Amos with a very iffy late-hit call at an important moment.

GRADE: D

CROWD

Fantastic turnout of Penn State fans helped fuel a sellout and record crown for the bowl (49,012. The Lion backers were extremely vocal, too -- in the subway station, outside the stadium and then inside the stadium.

GRADE: A+


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