Penn State Shocks Ohio State: FOS Report Card

Who made the grade and who came up short in the Nittany Lions' White Out-fueled upset of the second-ranked Buckeyes?

Our report card from Penn State's eye-opening upset of No. 2 Ohio State at Beaver Stadium Saturday night.

Be sure to visit our TAP Forum to give your thoughts on our grades and/or to submit your own.

OVERALL 

Not even the most ardent fans thought the Nittany Lions had much of a shot in this one. They proved everyone wrong. Another example where the collective grade here is based on the result, and not the sum of the individual parts.

Grade: A+

OFFENSE 

The way this game unfolded, the offense had to make a few big plays and not turn over the ball. In that regard, it took care of business.

Grade: B

DEFENSE 

This unit gave up a lot of yards. However, it held the Buckeye offense to less than half of its average point output for the year. And that was with PSU giving up a safety and field goal following special teams’ blunders.

Grade: A-

FANS AROUND THE BIG TEN REACT TO PENN STATE'S UPSET

BUCKEYE FANS REACT TO SATURDAY NIGHT'S STUNNER

SPECIAL TEAMS 

Penn State’s special teams seemed to provide the highlight moments for both sides. In the end, though, the Lions got two huge plays when the game was on the line.

Grade: B

COACHING 

James Franklin and company convinced the Lions they could win. The players did just that.

Grade: A+

INTANGIBLES 

Penn State never looked outclassed in this game. 

Grade: A

OTHER GUY 

Urban Meyer outcoached? His offense piled up yards but could not translate them into points, despite committing no turnovers and dominating time of possession. His defense could never throw the knockout punch. And his special teams imploded at the end.

Grade: C

OFFICIALS 

I know you’re going to gripe about this. I know OSU could have been flagged for holding about 30 times. But check out the final penalty numbers (Buckeyes eight for 45 yards, Lions one for five yards).

Grade: B

CROWD 

You had to be on the field late in the fourth quarter to understand how much of an impact the crowd made. Unreal job. 

Grade: A+

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