Through three games, Penn State’s defense has been the bright spot of the team. The Nittany Lions offense and special teams, on the other hand, didn’t help a whole lot in their loss to Alabama and is the main reason they only barely escaped with a 14-10 win at Temple on Saturday.
Among the 120 teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), Penn State (2-1) is 103rd in total offense (306 yards per game) and is 106th in passing offense (158 yards per game). Both marks rank last in the Big Ten.
The Nittany Lions have run 210 plays on offense with just 918 yards (4.37 per play) to show for it. They are 90th in the nation in scoring offense with 22 points per game, also worst in the conference.
Led by signal callers Rob Bolden and Matt McGloin, Penn State is a lowly 115th in pass efficiency with a 47.92 completion percentage and a quarterback rating of 85.23. Only Army, San Jose State, Florida Atlantic, UAB and Kent State have worse grades in that category. Bolden and McGloin lead one of six offenses yet to have thrown a touchdown pass this season.