PSU -- Bill Belton 6-yard pass from Matt McGloin (Sam Ficken kick), 0:03. Drive: 10 plays, 80 yards, 3:17. Comment: Bill O'Brien's offense holds true to its promise and throws a little bit of everything at the Bobcats in the first quarter. Some I-form. Three-wide. Two-tight end. Three-tight end. On this drive, there's even some no-huddle. McGloin looks comfortable throughout and does a nice job on third-and-goal to check down to his tailback for the first touchdown of the O'Brien era. PENN STATE 7, OHIO 0.
OU -- Matt Weller 22-yard field goal, 10:22. Drive: 4 plays, 8 yards, 1:21. Comment: A new wrinkle that doesn't work out for the Lions is the decision to experiment with linebacker Gerald Hodges on the return teams. As in, actually returning kicks. His third attempt at it on a punt is muffed and Ohio pounces on the loose ball at the Lions' 13. But the defense holds, pressuring Bobcats QB Tyler Tettleton into throwing it away on third down. PSU 7, OU 3.
PSU -- Matt Lehman 14-yard pass from McGloin (Ficken kick), 1:29. Drive: 3 plays, 18 yards, 0:55. Comment: Talk about a debut. Nyeem Wartman, who was playing for Valley View at this time last year, busts through the Ohio protection team and blocks a Grant Venham punt attempt. The true freshman had also appeared at middle linebacker earlier on the drive. Jesse Della Valle recovers at the Ohio 18. That sets up another Lackawanna League alum, McGloin, who finds Lehman open out of a bunch formation for his second passing score of the half. PSU 14, OU 3.
OU -- Landon Smith 43-yard pass from Tyler Tettleton (Weller kick), 10:40. Drive: 12 plays, 82 yards, 4:15. Comment: Tough break for the Lions as a poor pass by Tettleton ends up going all the way for a score. After bobbling a shotgun snap, Tettleton was out of rhythm and running to his right when he launched an ill-advised pass over the middle. Safety Stephen Obeng-Agyapong is there to jump for the interception, but the ball clangs off of his hands and deflects right to Ohio's Smith, who has nothing but green in front of him for the touchdown. PSU 14, OU 10.OU -- Tettleton 1-yard run (Weller kick), 3:49. Drive: 8 plays, 70 yards, 2:49. Comment: The Lions falter on fourth-and-5 from the Bobcats 30 as McGloin can't connect with Allen Robinson deep down the right sideline. The momentum is clearly with the Bobcats, as Tettleton gets into a groove. The junior drops a perfect throw right on the hands of Ryan Clark over top of Stephon Morris for a gain of 33. The Bobcats work it down to the goal line soon after and Tettleton leaps into the pile, just getting the ball over for the score and the Bobcats' first lead of the game. OU 17, PSU 14.
OU -- Donte Foster 5-yard pass from Tettleton (Weller kick), 2:55. Drive: 14 plays, 93 yards, 6:42. Comment: Ohio turns the tables on time of possession in the second half, and the Lions' defense, thought to be a strength because of the front seven, couldn't keep up. A punt pineed the Bobcats back to their own 7-yard line, but they proceeded to convert every third down they faced, including a third-and-goal from the 5 in which Tettleton hit Foster right at the left boundary of the end zone to put an end to the Lions' hopes. OU 24, PSU 14.
|Time of Possession||33:10||25:05|
RUSHING—Ohio, Blankenship 31-109, Tettleton 9-47, Cochran 1-11, Boykin 3-9, Hammonds 1-1, Team 2-(minus 2). Penn St., Belton 13-53, Day 8-36, Zordich 1-3.
PASSING—Ohio, Tettleton 31-41-0-324. Penn St., McGloin 27-48-1-260.
RECEIVING—Ohio, Blankenship 7-72, D.Foster 5-32, Clark 4-54, L.Smith 3-82, Dovell 3-29, Bussey 3-11, Futrell 2-20, Cochran 2-8, Thompson 1-11, Hill 1-5. Penn St., Robinson 9-97, Carter 6-74, Kersey 5-35, Belton 3-16, Kenney 2-21, Lehman 1-14, Day 1-3