Penn State vs Maryland Game Grades

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Nov 1, 2014; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions defensive end C.J. Olaniyan (86) and defensive tackle Austin Johnson (99) combine to sack Maryland Terrapins quarterback C.J. Brown (16) during the fourth quarter at Beaver Stadium. Maryland defeated Penn State 20-19. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Defensive Line

Another standout day from the defensive line led to a big day for the defense as a whole. The D-Line helped produce six sacks with defensive linemen being credited with five of the six. Deion Barnes has been tremendous this year, and was a force yet again in this one. Barnes recorded two sacks and forced a fumble, while finding his way into the backfield countless times. Austin Johnson had probably his best game this season, producing six tackles and a sack. Toss in Anthony Zettel, CJ Olaniyan and stellar performances from Tyrone Smith and Garrett Sickels, and the line was dominant throughout. The group held Maryland to 1.1 yards per carry.

Grade: A