TEMPLE: Report Card

See who made the grade and who received demerits in Penn State's easy win over Temple at Beaver Stadium Saturday.

OVERALL: Yes, it was an easy win. But far too many mistakes, especially on offense and special teams. Read on for more.
Grade: B-

OFFENSE: To harsh of a grade, you say? See what happens if the Penn State offense has four fumbles and an interception against Illinois next week. The Lions now have 11 fumbles on the year. That's alarming.
Grade: C-

DEFENSE: Navorro Bowman and Aaron Maybin led a swarming unit that spent most of the afternoon in Temple's backfield. No qualms here.
Grade: A

SPECIAL TEAMS: Looks like the staff may have to go back to the drawing board with the kickoff coverage unit. The Owls averaged 36.8 yards per return, and shoddy downfield play led to PSU kicker Kevin Kelly taking one hard hit.
Grade: C-

COACHING: Penn State was probably due for a bit of a letdown. That, coupled with the fact that the circus that was made of Joe Paterno's status did not prove to be a distraction, earns the staff a solid mark here.
Grade: B

INTANGIBLES: At the end of the day, Penn State made Temple look like … well … Temple.
Grade: B

OTHER GUY: So maybe starting quarterback Adam DiMichele did miss most of the game with a shoulder injury. The way the Lions were pressuring the pocket, we doubt he would have made much of a difference. Much as we like him, Al Golden's team doesn't look any better this year than it was last year.
Grade: D+

OFFICIALS: Been a pretty good campaign for the zebras working Penn State games — so far.
Grade: B+

CROWD: Easily the worst crowd of the season. Obviously treated this game as a respite before the Big Ten campaign starts with Illinois visiting Beaver Stadium next Saturday night.
Grade: D+


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