SYR: Report Card

Who made the grade and who failed big-time in Penn State's easy win at Syracuse Saturday.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — No. 17 Penn State clobbered unranked Syracuse here Saturday, improving to 3-0 on the season. Check out who made the grade below.

OVERALL: We know, we know … the competition was lousy. But generally speaking we thought Penn State got it done in workmanlike fashion.
Grade: A-

OFFENSE: A little sloppy for the first time this season (three fumbles, two of them lost). That could be a problem down the road.
Grade: B+

DEFENSE: Dominated the action until mass substitutions began in the third quarter.
Grade: A

SPECIAL TEAMS: Overall a good game, especially by place-kickers Kevin Kelly and Collin Wagner. But demerits for some punt-return adventures.
Grade: B

COACHING: Though it was a blowout, we liked the way Joe Paterno and his staff kept working strategy deep into the second quarter.
Grade: A

INTANGIBLES: Off-field issues definitely have not carried over on the field. Team seems to have good chemistry so far.
Grade: A

OTHER GUY: Sad to see what has happened to a once-great program.
Grade: F

OFFICIALS: Kept things clean even when the game got out of hand. Also, the only review upheld the call on the field.
Grade: A

CROWD: This grade is for the Penn State backers who came strong. The Orange crowd was pathetic.
Grade: A

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