(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) — The Bill O’Brien era at Penn State has gotten off to a rocky start. In O’Brien’s debut with the Nittany Lions, Penn State was upset by Ohio, 24-14.
Despite an 11-point halftime lead, Penn State couldn’t hang on to put away Ohio. Tyler Tettleton, Ohio’s quarterback, threw for 324 yards and two touchdowns as well as a rushing touchdown. All three of Tettleton’s touchdowns of came in the second half.
It was the first time since 1965 that someone other than Joe Paterno roamed the sidelines as head coach of Penn State. In fact, it was the first time since 1949 that Joe Paterno has had no involvement with the team. The late Paterno’s wife, Sue Paterno, along with her daughter, Mary Kay, were among the 97,000 fans in attendance to see the game.
“I thought it was a great atmosphere in the stands,” O’Brien said after the loss. “Again, it starts with me and coaching better and making sure we play better next time.”
In a new offense that resembled the New England Patriots (O’Brien served as their offensive coordinator before joining Pen State), quarterback Matt McGloin threw for 260 yards and two touchdowns.
That wasn’t the only change on the field for the new look Penn State football team. Players’ names were on the back of the uniforms, as well as blue ribbons on the back of the helmets to honor the victims of child sexual abuse.
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