Week One In-Game Blog - Ohio

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Welcome to in-game coverage for the 2012 Penn State Football season.  Each week, GoPSUsports.com will provide insight from the press box at all 12 games on the schedule.

The Nittany Lions dropped a 24-14 decision on Saturday afternoon inside Beaver Stadium during head coach Bill O'Brien's debut.  Take a look through the running blog from Saturday.

 

1st Quarter: 00:03 - Penn State 7, Ohio 0

Bill Belton capped off a 10-play, 80-yard drive with a six-yard touchdown reception. Matt McGloin, who has looked sharp all afternoon, went 5-for-6 on the scoring drive. He threw for 54 yards, which included a 21-yard completion to Allen Robinson and a 15-yard pass play to Kyle Carter.

 

2nd Quarter: 10:22 - Penn State 7, Ohio 3

Ohio capitalized on a muffed punt and converted on a 22-yard field goal four plays later to cut the Penn State lead to 7-3. Ohio faced a third and short before pressure from Michael Mauti forced Tyler Tettleton's incomplete pass.

 

2nd Quarter: 1:29 - Penn State 14, Ohio 3

Matt McGloin ended a three-play, 18-yard drive with a 14-yard touchdown completion to tight end Matt Lehman. The Nittany Lion garnered excellent field position thanks to the play of Nyeem Wartman, who blocked Ohio's punt from the 25-yard line. McGloin, who has completed 16 passes to six different receivers, has made some excellent reads all game.

 

Halftime: Penn State 14, Ohio 3

The new-look Penn State offense has been terrific today in the season opener. Matt McGloin has looked poised and confident under center and has developed a nice relationship with Allen Robinson, who has six catches for 74 yards. After dominating the time of possession in the first quarter, some miscues have enabled the Bobcats to get on the scoreboard. Gerald Hodges leads the Penn State defense with seven tackles, while Adrian Amos and Michael Mauti have registered six stops each.

3rd Quarter: 10:40 - Penn State 14, Ohio 10
What should have been an interception for the Nittany Lions on a third down play turned into a 43-yard touchdown connection between Tyler Tettleton and WR Landon Smith.  Tettleton put the ball up for grabs, but the pass was deflected right into Smith's hands, who galloped to the end zone, trimming Penn State's lead down to 14-10.  Ohio marched 82 yards on 12 plays during the touchdown drive.

3rd Quarter: 3:49 - Ohio 17, Penn State 14
Tettleton leaped into the end zone from 1-yard out to give the Bobcats their first lead of the afternoon.  The junior quarterback engineered a strong drive with his legs and arm.  The key play on the eight-play, 70-yard drive was a 33-yard pass from Tettleton to Ryan Clark.  The Nittany Lions were stopped on fourth down at the Ohio 30 yard line before the drive began,

Final Thoughts:
The Nittany Lions controlled the tempo early and took a 14-3 lead into the break, but a fortunate bounce on a 43-yard touchdown pass for Ohio in the third quarter shifted the momentum in favor of the visitors.  Ohio scored three times in the second half, and the Nittany Lions weren't able to sustain an offensive drive.  Penn State played well in several phases of the game, including a strong outing from senior quarterback Matt McGloin, who finished 27-for-48 for 260 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.  Sophomore wide receiver Allen Robinson tallied a career-best nine receptions for 97 yards.  Offensively, the Lions will be looking to play with more consistency on drives and capitalize on opportunities.  On the defensive side of the ball, the story is much of the same.  The Nittany Lions will be looking to find more consistency stopping the run and getting off the field.  Additionally, Penn State did not force a turnover on Saturday.  Overall, there is a lot of football to be played and room for improvement.  The team will take positives away from Saturday's game and correct the mistakes in preparation for the week two matchup at Virginia.


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Pregame Reading:
- Senior quarterback Matt McGloin said he has been thinking about what the feeling will be like running out of the tunnel on Saturday morning for a long time.  He is not alone. Every player on the roster is going to be excited beyond words to take the field following a very difficult offseason.  The scene inside Beaver Stadium will be a memorable one for every coach, student-athlete and supporter of the program, but the team still has a job to do.  Managing emotions will be a big challenge for the Nittany Lions as they take the field.  Without question, the team has every right to be amped up for Saturday's opener after the offseason it has endured.  Once the ball kicks, though, it will just be a game.

- Defensive coordinator Ted Roof has stressed the importance of keeping elusive Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton in the pocket on Saturday afternoon.  That task starts with the play of the Jordan Hill and the Nittany Lion defensive line.  Additionally, the linebacker trio of Michael Mauti, Glenn Carson and Gerald Hodges will need to tackle well in the open field.  Coach Roof also said the secondary will need to make plays on deep balls.  Ohio's up-tempo pistol-style offense likes to keep the chains moving.  Penn State's defensive unit needs a solid tackling day and a disciplined effort from its front four to slow down the Bobcat offense.

- The team arrived on the Blue Buses shortly before 9:30 a.m. to a huge ovation from the Nittany Lion faithful outside of the South Tunnel.  Coach O'Brien led seniors Jordan Hill, Gerald Hodges, Matt McGloin and Derek Day off of the first bus before the team went into the locker room.

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