JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Our report card from Penn State’s 24-17 TaxSlayer Bowl loss to Georgia.
OVERALL: You have to play four quarters of solid ball to beat an SEC team, even one as so-so as the Bulldogs.
OFFENSE: PSU was 4 of 18 on third down. Pretty much sums up the issues with the offense.
DEFENSE: There were a few breakdowns, but this unit at least gave the offense a chance to tie it late.
SPECIAL TEAMS: James Franklin really has to work on getting this area stronger in the offseason.
COACHING: So much time to prepare. So little new that we saw.
INTANGIBLES: State seemed to have some juice early but the typical issues with penalties erased it.
OTHER GUY: Contrary to most expectations, the Bulldogs did look like they wanted to be here.
OFFICIALS: The late-hit call on DT Austin Johnson late in the game seemed dicey.
CROWD: It was far from a packed house (58,212) but the fans (from both squads) in EverBank Field were into it.