STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Penn State's initial first half post-Joe Paterno went pretty well. The Nittany Lions took a 14-3 lead into the tunnel, twice.
The Nittany Lions jumped the gun (literally) when they started running off the field thnking the half was over. The players had to return because Ohio had called a timeout with three seconds left.
Penn State fans booed.
Bobcats quarterback Tyler Tettleton ran a stat-padding play on fourth down, and then the half was really over.
First-year Penn State Coach Bill O'Brien had to have been fairly pleased. He won't be happy about two fumbles but otherwise his team looked solid.
Senior quarterback Matt McGloin, in particular, might flourish in the offense brought over from the New England Patriots. McGloin is not Tom Brady yet, by any stretch, but he had a very nice half in completing 16 of 26 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns.