Grade: We have yet to see a killer instinct on either side of the ball for Penn State.
Grade: Daryll Clark and company have established that they can chuck the pigskin. But 78 net rushing yards against a now 0-2 team does not cut it.
Grade: We know the unit came this close to a shutout. But we think it could have dropped the hammer much earlier.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Jeremy Boone was great (again). Kickoff coverage was not so great (again). We wish Collin Wagner would have gotten a couple field-goal tries, just to see if his Week 1 struggles were an aberration, but he did not.
COACHING: We're putting the struggles of the ground game on the offensive linemen now. Coaches can't execute blocks for them.
INTANGIBLES: There was just something blah about this game. Maybe it was the gloomy weather.
OTHER GUY: The Orange were outmanned. But they played hard and they hit hard, and fought to the end. Nice job by first-year Syracuse coach Doug Maronne, who is already looking like a huge improvement over Greg Robinson.
OFFICIALS: Next time we complain about poor officiating in the Big Ten, remind us of this game. This outfit was from the Big East.
CROWD: They came alive when Syracuse got near the goal line.