The Penn State Nittany Lions lost their opening game of the season, 24-14, to the Ohio Bobcats, a disappointing start to the head coaching career of Bill O'Brien, trying to replace the late Joe Paterno.
Penn State was leading 14-3 at halftime thanks to two Matt McGloin passing touchdowns — one to Bill Belton, the other to Matt Lehman — but couldn't score in the second half as the Bobcats, doing their MAC traditions proud, starting to rack up the points.
McGloin was 27-48 for 259 yards, a performance that would have been unheard of in the Paterno era. Bill Belton toted the ball just 13 times for 53 yards, but lost a crucial fumble. Beau Blankenship and Landon Smith led the Nittany Lions in receiving, with seven receptions for 72 yards and three receptions for 82 yards, respectively.