Penn State football’s 2023 home season concluded with a 27-6 win over Rutgers Saturday afternoon.
As always, the defense brought it, holding Rutgers to six points and no touchdowns.
The team had its problems offensively, only scoring 10 points in the first half and losing starting QB Drew Allar to injury early in the second half.
But Penn State ended with 27 points against a Rutgers defense that ranks in the top 15 nationally.
Getting more advanced, here’s how much Penn State’s players played and how they graded out according to Pro Football Focus.
THE PENN STATE OFFENSE
Penn State’s offensive line graded out well.
Of the team’s five highest-graded players, four of them were offensive linemen, and three were starters.
Starting left tackle Olu Fashanu had Penn State’s highest offensive grade at 79.7 in what was likely his last game in Beaver Stadium.
Right guard Sal Wormley was Penn State’s third-highest-graded offensive player at 75.7, and center Hunter Nourzad was behind him at 72.2
Right tackle Drew Shelton had a solid 71.8 grade, albeit with only 19 snaps playing behind Caedan Wallace.
In total, Penn State played 23 players on offense, and here’s how much each one played and how they graded out.
Penn State’s defense had two players grade in the ’90s.
Defensive end Chop Robinson– who, like Fashanu, was probably playing in his last game at Beaver Stadium, with both being projected first-round draft picks– had his best game of the season according to PFF, grading out at 96.1 over 41 snaps.
KJ Winston is blossoming into a stud at safety, and Saturday was arguably the best game of his college career thus far.
Winston got his first college interception in the second half, punctuating a stellar day.
Here are the full grades.
Jordan van den Berg