October 29, 2012 at 2:41 PM
Quarterbacks - C+
Matt McGloin still threw for 327 yards and a pair of touchdowns despite some inconsistent decision making. He threw his first interception since the Temple game, but this one wasn't tipped by one of his receivers. The football sailed right into the arms of Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier, who returned it for a touchdown. McGloin missed several passes throughout the game, including one to Allen Robinson in the first quarter that could have gone for a big gain.
Running backs - D+
Bill Belton and Zach Zwinak had little effect on the pace of the game. They only rushed for a combined 68 yards. Neither had a carry longer than nine yards, and neither averaged more than 3.5 yards per carry. Penn State had gone three straight games in which one of them rushed for more than 100 yards, but Ohio State's front seven contained them easily.
Wide receivers/tight ends - B
McGloin found Robinson and Brandon Moseby-Felder for a couple of long passes. Robinson could have caught another, but he couldn't wrap up a diving catch in the first quarter. Kyle Carter and Matt Lehman both had touchdowns. Garry Gilliam, who typically servers as a blocker, had an impressive 16-yard reception with several yards after the catch, making it a strong day for the tight ends.
Offensive line - D+
McGloin was sacked four times, and was constantly under duress as he struggled to get the ball off before going to the ground. One of the big reasons McGloin has found such success this season is because of the time he has in the pocket and his ability to navigate outside the pocket. He had no such opportunities Saturday. Furthermore, they couldn't make holes for Belton or Zwinak in the running game.