Penn State vs. Ohio State: Nittany Lions Grind Out A 20-14 Win

Penn State grinds out a 20-14 win over Ohio State.

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2011 Bowl Projections: Penn State Still Currently Slotted For Outback Bowl

The Penn State Nittany Lions traveled to Columbus Saturday to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes, and left with a hard fought 20-14 victory over their Big Ten rivals. The victory set up a winner-take-all clash with the Wisconsin Badgers next week for the Big Ten's Leaders Division title, and with it a berth in the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game. Despite the victory, current SB Nation bowl projections still place the Nittany Lions in the Outback Bowl on January 2, 2012.

Neither Pittsburgh nor West Virginia played Saturday. The Mountaineers are slotted to play in the Belk Bowl against Georgia Tech of the ACC, but the Panthers, still a win shy of bowl eligibility, no longer appear in the bowl projections. Pittsburgh will need to defeat either West Virginia or Syracuse in their final two games to become eligible for postseason play.

Here are current bowl projections for Penn State and West Virginia:

Belk Bowl, December 27, 2011

West Virginia vs. Georgia Tech

Outback Bowl, January 2, 2012

Penn State vs. Georgia

For more 2011 bowl projections, check out SB Nation's college football hub. For a complete bowl schedule, click here. For more on the Mountaineers, be sure to visit The Smoking Musket. For all your Penn State news and notes, pop over to Black Shoe Diaries. Pittsburgh fans should check out Cardiac Hill.


Penn State vs. Ohio State Reaction: Drew Astorino

COLUMBUS, Ohio--Penn State earned a 20-14 victory against Ohio State on Saturday afternoon at Ohio Stadium thanks in large part to strong pass defense.

The Nittany Lions limited the Buckeyes and quarterback Braxton Miller to 83 yards passing on the day, and held all Buckeye receivers not named DeVier Posey to one catch or less. At one point, the secondary was playing so well that co-defensive coordinators Larry Johnson and Ron Vanderlinden pulled a defensive back and deployed a four-defensive linemen, four-linebacker and three-defensive back set, so confident in their secondary that they wanted an extra backer to help with run defense.

Safety Drew Astorino finished in a tie with linebacker Nathan Stupar for second on the team in tackles with eight on the day. His performance helped Penn State keep Ohio State off the scoreboard for the duration of the second half and allowed his team to hold on four its ninth victory of the season.

Check out Astorino's comments in the video below, shot post game at Ohio State.


Penn State vs. Ohio State: Tom Bradley Makes Locker Room Speech

COLUMBUS, Ohio--Penn State's Tom Bradley got his first win as a head coach on Saturday when his Nittany Lions topped Ohio State 20-14 at Ohio Stadium. The win was also Penn State's first without former coach Joe Paterno on the coaching staff since 1949.

Not small accomplishments on their own, to be sure.

The win also guaranteed this Lions at least a share of the first Leaders Division title in Big Ten Conference history, however, adding to the importance of the victory. Penn State must still defeat Wisconsin next weekend to earn the division's berth in the inaugural Big Ten Championship game on Dec. 3 in Indianapolis, but this team assured its name will go down in the history books as one of the conference's first division winners in its 116-year football history.

After the game, coach Bradley addressed his players in the locker room. Check out video of that moment below, courtesy of


Big Ten Championship Game 2011 Projections: Michigan State Clinches Legends Division, Await Winner Of Penn State Vs. Wisconsin

Penn State's game against Wisconsin next week will determine who heads to the Big Ten championship game.


Penn State vs. Ohio State: Final Stats

COLUMBUS, Ohio--Here are the final stats from Penn State's 20-14 win against Ohio State this afternoon at Ohio Stadium.

Passing: Matthew McGloin led Penn State with 88 yards on 10-18 passing. Ohio State's Braxton Miller was 7-17 for 83 yards.

Rushing: Stephfon Green led the Nittany Lions on the ground with 93 yards on 16 carries. Silas Redd had 63 yards on eight carries and Curtis Drake had 50 yards on three carries. Total, Penn State finished with 239 rushing yards. Braxton Miller led Ohio State on the ground with 105 yards on 18 carries. Dan Herron had 76 yards on 18 carries.

Receiving: Derek Moye had three receptions for 40 yards for Penn State. Stephfon Green, who had two catches for eight yards, was the only other player with more than one reception for the Lions. DeVier Posey led Ohio State with four catches for 66 yards.

Defense: Glenn Carson led Penn State with 11 tackles while Nathan Stupar and Drew Astorino each registered eight. Jack Crawford had two sacks and Stupar had one. Ryan Shazier led Ohio State with 15 tackles.


Penn State Vs. Ohio State Final: Nittany Lions Hold On, 20-14

The Penn State Nittany Lions took a 20-14 lead into half time, and that's all they needed to knock off the Ohio State Buckeyes. Neither team could do much offensively in the second half, but the Buckeyes did make a push late to get into scoring range. On their second to last drive of the game, Ohio State pushed all the way down to the Penn State 36-yard line. Needing more than a field goal, Ohio State was forced to go for it on fourth down and quarterback Braxton Miller was short on his run by a yard.

The Nittany Lions offense did just enough to win the game, thanks to tough running by running back Stephfon Green who had just 93 rushing yards, but had two rushing touchdowns. Silas Redd added another 63 yards on just 8 carries. In fact, three Penn State running backs had carries of 38 yards or more. Quarterback Matthew McGloin threw for only 88 yards and an interception, but the Penn State defense shut down the Buckeyes offense so it was enough to grind out the win.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries and Ohio State blog Along the Olentangy. Here's the complete Week 12 college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation's college football news hub for more.


Penn State vs. Ohio State: Lions Hold Lead Down The Stretch

COLUMBUS, Ohio--Penn State starts the fourth quarter defensively in a 4-4-3 formation with four linebackers rather than the standard three. Interesting development. It looks like the Penn State staff wants to force Ohio State to win with the pass. The Buckeyes have 75 yards passing to this point.

Right on cue, though, Ohio State goes to the air and quarterback Braxton Miller finds DeVier Posey for 12 yards up to the 29-yardline. The drive stalls, though, after Miller misses a deep ball to Corey Brown down inside the Penn State 20-yardline. The Buckeyes punt, and Penn State takes over at its own 25-yardline.

The Nittany Lions come out in the wildcat and pick up eight on a direct snap to Curtis Drake. Stephfon Green moves the chains with a run up to the 35-yardline. A false start on second down after a run by Green to start the next set of downs leaves Penn State in a 2nd-and-11 situation, but Matthew McGloin finds Brandon Beachum for 13 as the Lions drive toward midfield now.

Bill Belton takes a direct snap on first down for a gain of two yards. Beachum then gets five yards to set up a 3rd-and-3. Micahel Zordich drops a screen, and Penn State is forced to punt.

With 7:16 left in the game, Penn State continues to lead 20-14.


Penn State vs. Ohio State: Nittany Lions Take 20-14 Lead To Fourth Quarter

COLUMBUS, Ohio--After a huge goal line stand, Ohio State takes over at its own 1-yardline and quickly runs out to the 30-yardline on some nifty runs by Dan Herron. 

Carlos Hyde fumbles on first down from the 36-yardline, however, and Nick Sukay recovers to give Penn State yet another short field. They Nittany Lions take over at the Buckeyes' 46-yardline.

Stephfon Green loses a yard on a first down carry, then Joe Suhey picks up three yards on a screen pass from Matthew McGloin to set up a 3rd-and-8. McGloin completes a screen to Stepfon Green, but he is stopped three yards short of the stick and Penn State is forced to punt.

Anthony Fera drops a beautiful kick onto the coffin corner, and pins Ohio State on its own 3-yardline to start this drive. Herron picks up four yards on first down, and that runs out the clock on the third quarter with Penn State still ahead of Ohio State 20-14 as we move to the final frame.


Penn State vs. Ohio State: Buckeyes Make Goal-Line Stand

COLUMBUS, Ohio--Anthony Fera's first punt of the day is a 40-yarder that leaves Ohio State at its own 10-yardline to start its second drive of the third quarter.

On second down, a direct snap goes awry for the Buckeyes and Penn State's Jordan Hill falls on the fumble. Penn State takes over at Ohio State's 11-yardline, a great opportunity simply gift-wrapped. The Buckeyes compound the error by taking an offside penalty of first down, setting the Nittany Lions up at the 6-yardline.

Penn State comes out after the penalty and runs a direct snap to Curtis Drake for a gain of two down to the 4-yardline. Ohio State then takes a defensive holding penalty on second down, which moves the ball to the 2-yardline and gives Penn State an automatic first down.

A pair of Zordich runs are stopped short of the goal line, and on third down, a sneak by Matthew McGloin is stopped by Ohii State, setting up a 4th-and-1. The Lions go for it, handing off to Silas Redd. He dives, but is stopped short, and the Buckeyes take over on downs. Huge, huge stop there for Ohio State. It's still a one possession game.


Penn State vs. Ohio State: Teams Trade Punts To Open Half

COLUMBUS, Ohio--Penn State's 20 points in the first half are the most the Nittany Lions have scored at Ohio Stadium since 1964 and the most in the Big Ten era. So...even in a loss, Penn State will have had a historic day here

The lights are on as we begin the second half. The lights here are among the dimmest I've ever seen, and that includes high school stadiums.

Ohio State receiver the opening kickoff of the half  and takes over at its own 24-yardline. After a short run by Dan Herron, Braxton Miller finds Gateway's own Corey Brown for 10-yards and a first down.The drive stalls on the next set of downs, however, after Miller mishandles another snap and is tackled on 3rd-and-9.

Justin Brown takes the ensuing punt back 37 yards. A block in the back penalty cancels the nice return, however, and Penn State takes over at its own 24 with 12:08 left to play in the third quarter.

The Lions start the half in the wildcat with Curtis Drake taking the direct snap and handing off to Silas Redd for a gain of six on first down. Very interesting to see Penn State add this wrinkle to the offense this late in the season. Could be something that catches Wisconsin unprepared next weekend.

After McGloin completes a pass to Michael Zordich for a minimal gain, Stephfon Green rips off a 16-yard gain. That puts Penn State over 200 yards rushing for the afternoon and there are still 10 minutes left in the third quarter.

A short direct snap to Drake goes for six yards to start the next set of downs, and the Bill Belton loses a yard on another direct snap on second down. McGloin returns for third down and throws incomplete to Brown and the puntin unit comes on for Penn State.

With 9:00 to play in the third quarter, Penn State continues to lead 20-14.


Penn State vs. Ohio State: Anthony Fera Puts Penn State Up 20-14 As Half Ends

COLUMBUS, Ohio--Following Ohio State's second touchdown of the afternoon to pull the Buckeyes within 17-14, Penn State goes back to the wildcat on offense to try and regain momentum. Curtis Drake picks up 38-yards on a direct snap, and Penn State's offense is right back in scoring range.

Stephfon Green picks up a first down following the big run down to Ohio State's 30-yardline. A delay of game penalty, however, puts Penn State in a hole, and the drive peters out at Ohio State's 29-yardline.

That sets up Anthony Fera for a 46-yard field goal attempt with :04 remaining in the first half. He drills it from the right hash, and Penn State takes a 20-14 lead into halftime here at Ohio Stadium.

Penn State scoring summary: 9 plays, 49 yards, 5:18 time of possession.


Penn State vs. Ohio State: Braxton Miller Throws A Touchdown, Lions Lead 17-14

COLUMBUS, Ohio--Ohio State takes over down 17-7 on its own 28 yardline after a low line drive kickoff by Penn State's Anthony Fera. After a 1-yard run by Dan Herron, Jack Crawford sacks quarterback Braxton Miller for a second time today for a loss of five yards. On third down, Penn State draws a holding penalty as Miller scrambles, but his pass falls incomplete and Ohio State is forced to punt.

Penn State takes over with decent field position at its own 36-yardline, but on the first play of the drive, Matthew McGloin throws a tipped interception to Ohio State's Orhian Johnson, and the Buckeyes take back possession.

After a 5-yard run by Herron, Miller scrambles takes it 24-yards on an option run. He continues to torture the Penn State defense with his legs, and the Buckeyes are threatening again because of it.

On 3rd-and-goal, Miller throws and finds Jake Stoneburner for a 7-yard touchdown pass. The score is now 17-14 with 5:22 left in the first half.

Ohio State scoring summary: 5 plays, 37 yards, 2:51 time of possession.


Penn State vs. Ohio State: Stephfon Green Scores Again, Nittany Lions Lead 17-7

COLUMBUS, Ohio--Penn State's Silas Redd has taken a couple of brutal shots today, including one on the first play after Ohio State scored to make it 10-7 Penn State. He shakes the hit off, though, and makes tacklers miss everywhere for a 42-yard gain down to Ohio State's 36-yardline. He was lightning quick on that one. Wow.

After Redd's big run, Matthew McGloin finds Derek Moye for a gain of 20 into Ohio State's red zone. On the next play, Bill Belton picks up 12 out of the wildcat down to the Buckeyes' 4-yardline.

Stephfon Green scores a touchdown on the next play, and just like that, Penn State is back out to a 10-point lead at 17-7 with 10:05. After all the struggles last week against Nebraska, the Nittany Lions have scored on their first three possessions today and look like a team not seen all Big Ten season on offense.

Penn State scoring summary: 5 plays, 81 yards, 2:20 time of possession.


Penn State vs. Ohio State: Braxton Miller Scores, Penn State Leads 10-7

COLUMBUS, Ohio--Following Anthony Fera's field goal, Ohio State takes over at its own 23-yardline. Dan "Boom" Herron picks up a first down on the ground, and a facemask penalty on Penn State's Glenn Carson moves the Buckeyes into Penn State territory as the first quarter ends.

A illegal formation penalty on the first play of the second quarter moves Ohio State back, and Braxton Miller misses DeVier Posey after defensive end Sean Stanley drops back in pass defense (!). Miller goes back to Posey on the next play, however, and completes the pass for 18 yards and a first down just outside Penn State's 30-yardline.

Miller then breaks free on an option play for a 24-yard touchdown to get Ohio State on the board. It's now 10-7 Penn State with 12:32 to play in the second quarter.

Ohio State scoring summary:10 plays, 77 yards, 4:22 time of possession.

Miller has now picked up 42 yards on six carries. The Penn State defense is really having trouble containing him on the ground.


Big Ten Scores: Michigan State Clinches Division, Michigan Beats Nebraska

As Penn State takes on Ohio State, here’s a look at other results from around the Big Ten.

As Adam Bittner mentioned earlier, Wisconsin beat Illinois 28-17, which renders the Penn State vs. Ohio State game meaningless with regard to Penn State’s Leaders Division title hopes. The winner of the Nittany Lions’ game against Wisconsin next week will win the title, regardless of the outcome between PSU and OSU.

In other Big Ten action, Michigan State clinched the Legends Division by thrashing the hapless Indiana Hoosiers, 55-3, as B.J. Cunningham got 132 yards receiving, along with two touchdowns. 9-2 Michigan whipped Nebraska, 45-17, with Fitzgerald Toussaint picking up 138 yards on the ground. Iowa beat Purdue, 31-21, thanks to 273 yards and three touchdowns from quarterback James Vandenberg and big performances from Marcus Coker and Marvin McNutt. And Northwestern knocked off 2-9 Minnesota, 28-13.

SB Nation has a blog for every team.


Penn State vs. Ohio State: Anthony Fera Puts Lions Up 10-0

Columbus, Ohio--Michigan State crushed Indiana 55-3 today to clinch the Legends Division. That means the winner of Penn State/Wisconsin next week will face the Spartans in the Big Ten Championship game.

Following Penn State's touchdown, the Buckeyes take over on their own 20-yardline. The Buckeyes' Braxton Miller is sacked by Jack Crawford on second down but Miller finds DeVier Posey on second down for a long pass into Penn State territory. The Bucks pick up another first down on the ground to get themselves into field goal range.

The drives stalls after Miller mishandles the snap on 3rd-and-5, however, and the Buckeyes are forced to punt after the loss of seven yards.

After Penn State takes over, McGloin finds Justin Brown down the middle for a gain of 17. The catch is called back after a review of the play shows Brown dropped the ball. McGloin comes right back, however, and hits Andrew Szczerba for a gain of 12 and a Lions first down.

On first down of the following set of downs, the offense direct snaps to freshman Bill Belton. Looks like Tom Bradlet and the Penn State coaching staff is serious about trying out this wildcat package. Something to keep an eye on. Brandon Beachum finishes off that set of downs with a 9-yard run for a first down.

The Lions pick up another first down after McGloin finds Brown again for a gain of 11 and Silas Redd and Stephfon Green keep the chains moving with gains of seven and six to get Penn State inside Ohio State's 30-yardline.

The drive stalls at Ohio State's 26, however, and Anthony Fera is forced to come on for a 43-yard field goal attempt. After a disastrous early miss last week, Fera bangs it home to put Penn State up 10-0 with 1:59 to play in the first quarter. That was the deepest field goal conversion of Fera's career.

Penn State scoring summary: 15 plays, 54 yards, 5:29 time of possession.


Penn State vs. Ohio State: Stephfon Green Scores Early Touchdown

COLUMBUS, Ohio--Ohio State won the toss and deferred to the second half. After a touchback on the game's opening kickoff, Brandon Beachum started the game at tailback for the Nittany Lions. Silas Redd got his first carry of the game on the second snap from scrimmage, though, so it appears he's at least partially recovered from his shoulder injury last week.

Penn State picks up a pair of first down on its first two sets of downs and breaks into Buckeye territory.

On 2nd-and-7 from the Ohio State 40, Stephfon Green breaks free for a 40-yard touchdown run to put the Nittany Lions up 7-0 early on the Buckeyes. That's a huge opening drive touchdown on the road for an offense that has needed time to get going in most of its big games this season. We'll see if it sparks Penn State to a big performance today.

Penn State scoring summary: 5 plays, 80 yards, 2:33 time of possession.

Note: Wide receiver Curtis Drake was in as a wildcat quarterback on the touchdown run. Looks like interim coach Tom Bradley is going to get a little tricky today.


Penn State vs. Ohio State: Game Meaningless In Big Ten Race

COLUMBUS, Ohio--Good afternoon from Ohio Stadium. Today, we'll bring you updates from Penn State's game at Ohio State in what will be a meaningless game for Penn State's Leaders Division title hopes thanks to Wisconsin's 28-17 win against Illinois in Champaign earlier today.

The winner of Penn State at Wisconsin next week, regardless of what happens in Columbus today, will represent the Leaders Division in the inaugural Big Ten Championship game in Indianapolis on Dec. 3.

Today is senior day for the Buckeyes, as they'll travel to Michigan for The Game next weekend. For Penn State, it's the first of two road games to close the season coming off a 17-14 loss against Nebraska last week.

Following the coin toss, the two teams joined at midfield for a handshake, a gesture too the events that have unfolded in the past couple of weeks in Happy Valley.

Stay tuned for more updates here at SB Nation Pittsburgh.


College Football Schedule, Week 12: Penn State Travels To Columbus To Battle Ohio State

The Penn State Nittany Lions (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten) travel to Columbus, Ohio to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes (6-4, 3-3 Big Ten) in Penn State's first road game since a child abuse sex scandal rocked the University. The Nittany Lions put forth a valiant effort last Saturday before falling 17-14 at home to the Nebraska Cornhuskers in PSU's first game since legendary coach Joe Paterno was fired.

With a win over the Buckeyes, the Nittany Lions would clinch at least a share of the Leaders Division title. Penn State could then win the division outright with a win over Wisconsin next weekend, placing the team in the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game.

The other huge conference matchup Saturday sees the Michigan Wolverines take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers. At 4-2 in Big Ten play, both Michigan and Nebraska trail the Michigan State Spartans by a game in the Legends Division. The Wolverines, courtesy of a head-to-head loss to Sparty, would be eliminated from the division race with a loss.

Here is the full slate of Big Ten games in Week 12:

Iowa Hawkeyes at Purdue Boilermakers (12 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network)

Wisconsin Badgers at Illinois Fighting Illini (12 p.m. ET, ESPN2)

Nebraska Cornhuskers at Michigan Wolverines (12 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Indiana Hoosiers at Michigan State Spartans (12 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network)

Minnesota Golden Gophers at Northwestern Wildcats (12 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network)

Penn State Nittany Lions at Ohio State Buckeyes (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN)

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries and Ohio State blog Along the Olentangy. Here's the complete Week 12 college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation's college football news hub for more.


Penn State Vs. Ohio State Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The No. 21 Penn State Nittany Lions (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten) visit the Ohio State Buckeyes (6-4, 3-3) in their first road game since news of the Jerry Sandusky investigation rocked the university and cost several key figures--including coach Joe Paterno--their jobs. They fell to the No. 19 Nebraska Cornhuskers, 17-14, in an emotional game last Sunday at Beaver Stadium, but they nonetheless can stay atop the Big Ten Leaders Division with a victory.

It's a big game for Penn State, which has finally resolved its quarterback controversy. Prior to the Nebraska loss, Matthew McGloin and Rob Bolden had split quarterback duties, but McGloin has earned the full-time position. Though he struggled versus Nebraska--he completed just 47.1 percent of his passes--the junior has earned interim coach Tom Bradley's trust. On the season, McGloin has completed 54.1 percent of his passes, adding seven touchdowns and three interceptions.

In their last outing, the Buckeyes fell to the Purdue Boilermakers, 26-23. In their last home game of the 2011 campaign, they'll look to rebound against a reeling Penn State club.

Here's everything you need to know about Sunday's matchup between Penn State and Ohio State:

Game date, time: 3:30 pm ET, Saturday, Nov. 19

Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus

TV channel: ABC/ESPN

Spread: Buckeyes favored by seven

Series history: Buckeyes lead, 14-11

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries and Ohio State blog Along the Olentangy. Here’s the complete Week 12 college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub for more.


Penn State Vs. Ohio State: OSU Encourages Fans To 'Be Respectful' In Penn State's First Post-Scandal Road Game

Saturday, the Ohio St. Buckeyes host the Penn St. Nittany Lions for their first away game since the sex-abuse scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky made international headlines, and the university is doing its best to promote good sportsmanship.

According to The Lantern, Ohio State's student newspaper, several campus organizations have teamed up to establish a "be loud, be proud, be respectful" campaign during the game "to encourage students to treat PSU fans with respect." That campaign includes a YouTube video, posted on the university's official channel, featuring Ohio State athletes urging their fans to show respect.

"Don't chant things that are disrespectful to the situation, don't harass other Penn State fans, or give them a hard time about what's happening at their university," said Nick Messenger, the president of Ohio State's Undergraduate Student Government. "You can still root for our team to beat their team without being disrespectful to the situation."

That campaign will extend to the field of play as well. As Rusty Miller of the Associated Press reports, "players and coaches from both teams will meet at midfield and exchange handshakes in a show of sportsmanship and mutual respect" following the pregame coin toss.


Penn State vs. Ohio State: Tom Bradley Talks To Luke Fickell

Neither Ohio State's Luke Fickell nor Penn State's Tom Bradley entered the offseason expecting to be head coaches in 2011, but Saturday, the two will square off, both as interim head coaches, as the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions collide at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.

In his weekly press conference on Tuesday, Bradley told reporters he and Fickell have talked about the odd circumstances since Bradley took over for the fired Joe Paterno last Wednesday night.

"He called yesterday, he asked how I was doing," Bradley said. "I kind of chuckled, he knew what I meant because he had the same thing [happen to him]."

Bradley then praised Fickell, calling him a friend and a "heck of a good person," before adding a quick comment Fickell had added in their conversation. 

"He was laughing. He said that 'at least I got my start in May,' " Bradley said.

Fickell took over for former Buckeye coach Jim Tressel, who was forced out after an extra benefits scandal came under close scrutiny over the summer.


Penn State vs. Ohio State: Tom Bradley Working With Offense

Penn State interim head coach Tom Bradley told reporters at his weekly press conference on Tuesday that he hasn't coached on the offensive side of the ball since 1983 when he coached the Nittany Lions' wide receivers under Joe Paterno.

In his new role as interim head coach, however, Bradley said he's trying to familiarize himself with his team's offensive personnel as the Lions prepare to take on Ohio State in Columbus this weekend.

"I wanted to get around the players," Bradley said. "I wanted the offensive players to get to know me. I was going to try and figure out some of their personalities so that they can come to me, talk to me."

Bradley has been Penn State's defensive coordinator since 2000 and was a long time defensive coach before that, and acknowledges he simply doesn't have the same relationship with the team's offensive players that he does with the defensive players.

He was quick to point out, however, that in his quest to fit in on the offensive side, he doesn't plan to tinker with things too much.

"How much I interject on offense? To be honest with you, I've got to really study it a lot more than I've done," Bradley said. "Right now, I basically wanted to go over there and get a feel, and now today, I'll go back and forth from the offense to the defense and also with the special teams."


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