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PSU-Temple: FOS Report Card

Who made the grade and who came up short as the Nittany Lions beat the Owls at Beaver Stadium? The grades are in.

Our report card from Penn State’s 34-27 win over Temple at Beaver Stadium Saturday.

OVERALL 

Any win is a good win when a team has the sort of injury issues that have befallen the Nittany Lions. But they keep inflicting damage on themselves, as well, in the form of mental errors.

Grade: B-

OFFENSE 

One can’t help but wonder how potent this unit will be once it cuts down on all of the mistakes. 

Grade: B-

DEFENSE 

We’re grading on a curve here, given all of the reserves who were forced into key roles for this game. And only one of Temple’s scoring drives was longer than 48 yards.

Grade: B+

SPECIAL TEAMS 

For all of the good, you can’t overlook the snafu on a punt return that gave the Owls the ball at the PSU 1.

Grade: B-

COACHING 

Not a perfect game, by any means. But the staff oversaw a nice rebound effort after the previous week’s tough loss at Pitt.

Grade: B

INTANGIBLES 

We got back to that feeling where you sort of knew the Lions were going to figure out a way to beat the Owls.

Grade: B

OTHER GUY 

Give Penn State grad Matt Rhule a lot of credit. His team is not very good this year. But Temple made the most of nearly every opportunity PSU provided and kept things interesting until the end.

Grade: B

OFFICIALS 

Did not seem to be any glaring errors to us. Of course, every time we say that, someone points out a glaring error we missed.

Grade: B

CROWD 

The Stripe Out worked once everyone got to their seats for the noon kick. Nice crowd of 100,420.

Grade: B


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