Trace McSorley was determined to end his final game in Beaver Stadium in style, running for a pair of TD’s and throwing for another. Tommy Stevens saw some action after McSorley was pulled, and did a decent amount of showcasing why the offense will not skip a beat despite Trace not being under center.
Running Back: A-
Miles Sanders and Ricky Slade provided a soild one-two punch in the PSU ground attack. Miles led all rushers with 128 yards, but it was Slade who took a couple of carries into the opposing end zone and made folks
Wide Receiver/Tight End: A-
Pat Freiermuth caught a TD, while KJ Hamler led all receivers with 90 yards on three catches, including a big gain on a hook and lateral play reminscient of Boise State in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl.
Offensive Line: A
Is it really a coincidence that when Connor McGovern started at center (like he did all of last year) instead of Michal Menet, the O-line had one of their best performances of the season? Me thinks not.
Defensive Line: A
This unit accounted for 9 of PSU’s 15 total tackles for a loss. Yetur-Gross Matos led the way, as he consistently made life difficult for Maryland’s stable of running backs to get any rhythm going, accounting for 3.5 TFL. Kevin Givens also tallied a pair sacks, while Robert Windsor earned a sack as well.
Along with the D-line, the linebackers played a significant role in holding Maryland to less than 100 yards rushing. Micah Parsons has fully blossomed and matured into the role of linebacker, and that is where you should him starting going forward.
The secondary did give up a couple of deep balls, which wasn’t ideal. However, they clamped down and helped in run support.
Special Teams: B+
The opening kickoff was damn near a disaster and kickoff coverage at times seemed spotty, but other than that, it was a solid day as Jake Pinegar nailed his lone field goal attempt and Blake Gillikin was once again, effective at punting.