Our report card from Penn State’s 20-14 win over Army at Beaver Stadium.
OVERALL: Forget all of the excuses. This is the type of team Penn State should be able to dominate — no matter how young the Lions may be. It clearly did not happen.
OFFENSE: Difficult to decide which was worse, the poor performance of the offensive line or the generally conservative play-calling. We’ll go with the play-calling, which didn’t exactly make things any easier for the front five.
DEFENSE: Sure, it is difficult to prepare for the triple option. But that does not explain some really bad tackling, especially in the second half.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Some good (Joey Julius), some bad. We’re starting to get the sense that the punting fiasco (outside of the Rutgers game) won’t be solved until Blake Gillikin arrives next year.
COACHING: Penn State just did not look like a well-prepared team.
INTANGIBLES: Pretty obvious the Nittany Lions looked past the Black Knights, and they almost paid for it.
OTHER GUY: Army played with a lot of heart but we were surprised at how undisciplined the Knights were. Six fumbles, including three lost. And some killer penalties. Even a sideline warning? Get in formation, men.
OFFICIALS: The Zebras did not seem to be keeping a close enough watch on some of Army’s knee shots on the Lions.
CROWD: The people who were there late in the game really made a difference. The stadium was loud.