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Penn State Football: Handing Out The Grades Following Penn State's 24-10 Loss To Minnesota

by on November 10, 2013 7:35 AM

As they say, "that didn't go like they drew it up in the huddle" and Penn State's 24-10 loss to Minnesota didn't go anything like it could have as the Nittany Lions were shutout in the second half en route to the team's fourth loss of the season. 

Between costly miscues and inconsistent play Penn State was average at best on Saturday, something that has become a bit of a theme this season. But not everything was bad for Penn State on the road this weekend.

Offense: C-

One fumble to open the game and one fumble to effectively end it summed up a day that wasn't brimming with positive moments. Penn State went 1-for-9 on third down and in turn struggled to maintain long drives against the Gophers. Christian Hackenberg did not have a banner day, going 14-for-25 for 163 yards. Zach Zwinak was strong running the ball for one score while picking up 150 yards on 26 carries. Allen Robinson was double covered most of the day managing seven catches for 63 yards. Following an apparent injury, Robinson did not seem to be 100-percent and was not thrown to many times in the final stretch. Overall it was another poor offensive performance on the road for a team that has struggled to put together a full 60 minutes of play

Defense: C+

Penn State's defense gave up 24 points in the first half, but pitched a shutout in the second half. Fans can be critical of John Butler's defense, but once again, the Nittany Lions kept Penn State in the game. The Nittany Lions gave up some big gains, but didn't break when Minnesota could have run away with the game. The Gophers were 9-of-17 on third down and converted three fourth downs. But at the end of the day Penn State's defense made just enough plays in the second half to give the team a chance to win. It wasn't a great performance, but if the offense had scored some points Penn State could have won.

Special Teams: A

Sam Ficken was perfect on his only attempt and Alex Butterworth earned himself a roughing the punter call and landed two punts inside the 10 with his longest kick good for 49 yards. 

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Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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