Penn State vs. San Diego State Grades

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Sep 26, 2015; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lion fans cheer while supporting defensive tackle Anthony Zettel (not pictured) during the second quarter against the San Diego State Aztecs at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O’Haren- USA TODAY Sports

Penn State got its third victory of the season Saturday afternoon as the Nittany Lions defeated a pesky San Diego State squad, 37-21.  It wasn’t pretty at times and Penn State had to overcome some key injuries, but they got the job done in the end.

Quarterback Christian Hackenberg had his best game of the season thus far.  He wasn’t perfect by any means, but he finally seemed to find some rhythm with his receivers.  Freshman running back Saquon Barkley scored on his first reception of his career before getting hurt later in the game.

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Once again the defense played well, even though the score may be deceiving.  Outside of a few big plays on special teams and a quick three-play drive, the Nittany Lions limited San Diego State on offense.  The Aztecs only gained 242 yards on offense and Penn State capitalized on three turnovers, turning each into a touchdown.

The team seemed to take a step forward in some areas and a step back in others.  However, a win’s a win and nobody will complain about that.  Penn State now needs to get some players healthy.  There’s one more non-conference game next week as the the Army Black Knights to Beaver Stadium.

Let’s get to this week’s grades.

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