Three Penn State linemen were top performers in the Nittany Lions’ 24-21 upset win over No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday, according to Pro Football Focus. Player grades were assigned to each player with a grade of 100 being the highest possible score. Right tackle Brendan Mahon received the highest grade (87.6) among player from both teams.
Defensive tackle Kevin Givens earned an 86.8 and defensive end Garrett Sickels received an 81.7. Sickels had nine total tackles and 2.5 sacks in the game.
Ohio State’s top performer was cornerback Marshon Lattimore (81.5), who had two tackles and two pass breakups.
Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett earned a grade of 75.5, slightly higher than Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley (71.4). Barrett was 28-of-43 for 245 yards and one touchdown while McSorley went 8-of-23 for 154 yards and one touchdown.
“The headline figures for McSorley were not impressive: a completion percentage below 35 percent, less than seven yards per attempt and only eight completions,” Pro Football Focus wrote. “However, McSorley’s performance was better than his numbers would suggest.”