BALTIMORE — Our report card from Penn State’s 31-30 win over Maryland here.
OVERALL: Penn State played well in the clutch, but there were so many issues in every facet of the game.
OFFENSE: The Lions did a good job of taking what the Terrapins were giving. Would love to see this group impose its will on someone for once, though.
DEFENSE: This unit looked gassed in the third quarter before rallying to make plays in the fourth. But had Maryland not repeatedly shot itself in the foot, the Lions would have lost. They also made a below-average passer in Perry Hills look very dangerous through the air at times.
SPECIAL TEAMS: State prevented William Likely from being a huge factor, which was nice. Overall, however, so many issues remain.
COACHING: For once PSU’s offensive staff seemed to be more prepared than the defensive staff.
INTANGIBLES: When it mattered, the Lions stepped up. There is something to be said for that.
OTHER GUY: The Terps are not very good. But for a team that just endured a midseason coaching change, they sure played with a lot of heart.
OFFICIALS: Things kind of balanced out, with six flags on both teams.
CROWD: Very nice showing of Penn State fans, but the game still was a few thousand short of an official sellout.