Penn State vs Michigan Game Grades

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Oct 11, 2014; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines wide receiver Amara Darboh (82) makes a catch while being defended by Penn State Nittany Lions cornerback Trevor Williams (10) during the second quarter at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Secondary –

The numbers don’t look terrible, as Gardner completed 16 of his 24 passes for 192 yards, but the secondary did not play well against Michigan. Time after time the team was beat on third-and-long, mostly by Amara Darboh. The secondary also failed to make plays on the ball at many times, a la Ryan Keiser on the Devin Funchess touchdown. If Keiser takes one step up, or acts aggressively, Michigan doesn’t score there and Penn State may change the outcome of the game, but I digress. Also, too many times, the corners are caught staring at the receiver as they catch the ball, failing to turn their heads or get their hands up to knock the ball away. Trevor Williams was caught in that position on numerous occasions. Jordan Lucas finished with seven tackles, but none of the secondary members made a play when it was needed most.

Grade: C-