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Updated: Penn State’s offense already showing improvement under O’Brien

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The absence of longtime head coach Joe Paterno, the names on the backs of the jerseys — those weren’t the only noticeable differences to Penn State as they opened the season against Ohio.

Mainly, the offense under first-year coach Bill O’Brien looks far more in control than it has in the past few years. Quarterback Matt McGloin is 16-of-26 for 178 yards and a pair of touchdown passes. Most importantly, he hasn’t thrown an interception. There’s no chaos and far less frustration.

Penn State leads Ohio at the half 14-3. Considering the Bobcats were a 10-win team a year ago and the spread heading into today was just under a touchdown, this is a great start for O’Brien.

The defense is what everyone thought it would be, so there’s no concern there. But the Nittany Lions offense is operating much more efficiently already. It’s actually watchable.

Updated 2:47 p.m. ET: As per usual, the moment I dole out any praise for anything, the exact opposite happens. Ohio has taken a 17-14 lead over Penn State. The offense isn’t the only thing that’s gone awry, either. PSU defensive back Stephon Morris has been carted off the field with his ankle wrapped in ice.  Doesn’t look like he’ll return.

We’ll have more from this game later.

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7 Responses to “Updated: Penn State’s offense already showing improvement under O’Brien”
  1. ampatsisahypocrite says: Sep 1, 2012 2:28 PM

    Ohio U. would actually be winning this game right now if not for a HORRIBLE gift time-out given to Penn State by the referees. Ohio was driving with the no-huddle and had Penn State on its heels. You could see the PSU players panting… then, boom! Time-out. Some suspicious equipment malfunction thing or some flimsy reason.

    Ohio U. had the momentum, then the time-out stopped it and handed it back to Penn State. It’s unfortunate when the refs have such a heavy hand in the game.

    It’s now 14-10, and justice would dictate an Ohio U. win today. I understand the emotion and the need to make Penn State’s day as nice as possible, but this is ridiculous.

  2. latchbeam says: Sep 1, 2012 2:29 PM

    Yeah, scoring 14 points on OU in 3 and a half quarters is pretty impressive??? Soooo much better than last year???

  3. mancave001 says: Sep 1, 2012 2:39 PM

    “It’s now 14-10, and justice would dictate an Ohio U. win today”

    —-Justice? Uh, huh?

  4. ampatsisahypocrite says: Sep 1, 2012 2:43 PM

    mancave001 says:
    Sep 1, 2012 2:39 PM

    —-Justice? Uh, huh?
    ——————————————-

    Dude, if you’d seen how ridiculous and suspiciously timed that “time-out” was, you’d be saying the same thing.

  5. mickmars says: Sep 1, 2012 2:47 PM

    They’re now losing 17-14 and have more turnovers than the bakery down the frickin’ street from me. I would’t call that improvement quite yet…..

  6. ampatsisahypocrite says: Sep 1, 2012 2:57 PM

    True, mick, but Ohio’s greatly outplayed Penn State this quarter. Bad move to go for the end zone on just 3rd and 3 for the Ohio coach. Shoulda just picked up the first down, instead of handing it to the shaky field-goal kicker. An Ohio U. TD here would’ve ended the game. Now PSU has life again.

    This should be an interesting finish…

  7. stoutfiles says: Sep 1, 2012 3:31 PM

    And PSU loses. Gonna be a long year Penn State fans! You would have been better off with the death penalty than losing to teams like Ohio U.

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