NCAA Game Summary - Ohio University at Penn State
(Saturday, September 1st)
Final Score: Ohio University 24, Penn State 14
University Park, PA (Sports Network) - Tyler Tettleton threw for 324 yards and
two touchdowns for Ohio University as the Penn State Nittany Lions began the
Bill O'Brien coaching era on a sour note with a 24-14 setback against the
Bobcats at Beaver Stadium.
Tettleton converted 31-of-41 passes and also picked up another 47 yards and a
touchdown on nine rushing attempts for the Bobcats (1-0) in the victory. Beau
Blankenship ran the ball 31 times for 109 yards and also caught seven passes
for an additional 72 yards for the visitors.
Penn State (0-1) was paced by quarterback Matt McGloin who converted 27-of-48
for 260 yards and two touchdowns and an interception in the setback. Bill
Belton carried the ball 13 times for a team-best 53 yards as he took over the
starting role at running back after Silas Redd (1,241 yards and seven
touchdowns in 2011) decided to transfer to USC.
The first points of the afternoon came late in the first quarter when McGloin
checked off of a couple of receivers on 1st-and-10 just inside the seven-yard
line and found Belton out on the right side, the receiver slipping into the
end zone to give the Nittany Lions the 7-0 advantage heading into the
PSU's defense held off the Bobcats on the next possession, but a fumbled punt
by the Lions gave the ball right back to Ohio. Penn State managed to keep the
visitors out of the end zone, but still allowed Bobcats kicker Matt Weller to
line up and knock through a 22-yard field goal to make the score 7-3 with just
over 10 minutes to play in the half.
With 1:29 remaining in the second period, McGloin found Matt Lehman out on the
right side with a short pass and then Lehman turned the corner and headed for
the goal line on a 14-yard TD pass play to give PSU a 14-3 lead at the break.
The opening drive of the second half saw the Bobcats move the ball 82 yards on
12 plays, the last of those being a 43-yard touchdown reception by Landon
Smith. Eating up more than four minutes on the clock, Smith collected a tipped
ball by the Penn State down the center of the field and easily ran into the
end zone to cut the deficit to 14-10.
The Bobcats grabbed their first lead of the game at the 3:49 mark of the third
quarter when Tettleton bulled his way across the goal line from a yard out,
giving the visitors a 17-14 edge following the successful PAT.
Ohio added to the advantage with 2:55 left in the fourth when Donte Foster
extended for a five-yard TD grab from Tettleton, making the score 24-14.
McGloin and the Penn State offense started deep in their own territory, giving
them little time to waste as they needed two scores, but the quarterback was
picked off on a tipped ball with just under two minutes remaining. The Bobcats
then ran out the clock to pick up their first-ever win in six tries against
the Nittany Lions.
The last time the Nittany Lions opened a season with a loss was back in 2001
when the squad bowed to second-ranked Miami at home, 33-7. Penn State began
that campaign with four straight setbacks and finished a mere 5-6 overall.
O'Brien, a former coach with the NFL's New England Patriots, is the 15th head
coach in PSU history and has the burden of replacing the legendary Joe Paterno
who was dismissed from the program late last season due to his role in the
Penn State child sex abuse scandal.
Paterno, who joined Penn State as an assistant to Rip Engle in 1950, was named
the latter's successor in 1966 and won a pair of national championships in
1982 and 1986. Passing away at the age of 85 in January due to complications
from lung cancer, Paterno had been the all-time winningest coach in FBS
history before the NCAA vacated 111 of his wins in July because of the Jerry
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