TEMPLE: Report Card

Who made the grade and who failed miserably as the Lions ran over Temple Saturday.

OVERALL: Considering a flu bug ripped through the Penn State football team during the week, we thought the overall performance was solid.
Grade: B

OFFENSE: Finally a little balance to the attack. Daryll Clark wasn't sharp. But the running game made up for that.
Grade: B

DEFENSE: A couple of breakdowns. But the Lions kept the Owls out of the end zone. Again.
Grade: B

SPECIAL TEAMS: The punting team is great, behind dependable Jeremy Boone. Otherwise, this would be a failing grade. The Lions were burned by an onside kick, were bad on kickoff coverage (again) and continue to get nothing from the goofy two-man punt return formation.
Grade: C-

COACHING: Hard to nitpick with much of substance here given the situation (the flu issues, a third-straight tomato can). Special kudos to the medical staff for a job well done.
Grade: B

INTANGIBLES: As usual, we never got the sense Temple had any shot in this game.
Grade: B

OTHER GUY: No more talk about Al Golden being the next head coach at Penn State until his team scores a touchdown against the Nittany Lions. Same old Temple.
Grade: F

OFFICIALS: Next to the Big East buffoons from the previous week, anyone would have looked good.
Grade: B

CROWD: We'll grade on a curve here due to the poor schedule. But there were a lot of empty seats, particularly in the student section.
Grade: C-

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