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Penn State-Buffalo: Report Card

Who made the grade and who came up short as the Nittany Lions beat the Bulls at Beaver Stadium? Check our grades.

Our report card from Penn State’s 27-14 win over Buffalo.

OVERALL: It looked like this was going to be another very ugly game, especially for the offense. But the Lions got things moving in the fourth quarter.

Grade: C+

OFFENSE: As we noted, there was improvement. Still way too many mistakes, though.

Grade: C-

DEFENSE: This group did not give up a second score until the game was out of reach.

Grade: B

SPECIAL TEAMS: Some great stuff from the return game.

Grade: B+

COACHING: For all of the criticism the offensive staff has received, it put the players in a lot of good positions Saturday. Execution errors prevented the Lions from scoring more points.

Grade: B

INTANGIBLES: When Buffalo closed to 10-7, there was no sense of panic from Penn State.

Grade: B

OTHER GUY: Tough to be very positive when a team is penalized 14 times for 107 yards.

Grade: D+

OFFICIALS: There was one horrendous pass interference call against the Lions.

Grade: C-

CROWD: Give the 80,000 or so who showed up in the ugly weather credit. The announced number was 93,065.

Grade: B

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