Penn State vs. San Diego State Grades

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Sep 26, 2015; University Park, PA, USA; San Diego State Aztecs wide receiver Mikah Holder (85) makes a catch as Penn State Nittany Lions cornerback Grant Haley (15) defends during the fourth quarter at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated San Diego State 37-21. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O’Haren- USA TODAY Sports


The secondary only allowed San Diego State quarterback Maxwell Smith to throw for 141 yards.  The front seven had something to do with it, but the secondary did a good job when the ball did get out of Smith’s hands.

Safety Jordan Lucas did not dress for the game and the other starting safety, Marcus Allen, went down on the first series and never returned.  He was on the sidelines with his arm in a sling, which doesn’t bode well for the rest of his season.  Troy Apke and Malik Golden did a good job filling in for the injured starters.

The secondary seemed to have good coverage most of the day.  Even though they did give up a passing touchdown, it was a perfect pass right between two Nittany Lion defenders that had good coverage.  The secondary’s performance wasn’t as good as it was against Rutgers, but considering the circumstances, they held their own.

Grade: B

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