Penn State Falls in Bill O'Brien's Debut

Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver Allen Robinson (8) jumps over Ohio Bobcats cornerback Devin Bass (37) attempting to go for a pass in the third quarter at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US Presswire

Ohio at Penn State - Football Highlights

Penn State coach Bill O’Brien led the charge in the first home opener without Joe Paterno since 1949, his players behind him, storming the Beaver Stadium field as more than 97,000 fans kicked off a new chapter in the program’s tarnished history with a raucous and sustained ovation. But the Nittany Lions wore down in the second half, and Ohio, from the Mid-American Conference, upset Penn State, 24-14.

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Illinois shuts down Western Michigan, 24-7

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Western Michigan at Illinois - Football Highlights

With quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase injured, Ashante Williams returned an interception 60 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown to help Illinois and new coach Tim Beckman hang on for a 24-7 win Saturday over Western Michigan in the season opener for both teams. The Illini opened up a 17-0 lead but their offense stalled when Scheelhaase left the game with an ankle injury late in the third quarter.

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3rd Quarter Recap: Ohio State 35, Miami (OH) 10

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Braxton Miller Stutter Steps, Takes It In

Ohio State ran for 91 yards in the third quarter, and the Buckeyes now lead 35-10. Ohio State held Miami (OH) to negative rushing yardage (-21 yards) in the quarter. The Buckeyes expanded their lead to 28-3 thanks to a one-play, 65-yard drive on Braxton Miller impressive touchdown run. Watch the play here.  Ohio State made the score 35-3 when the Buckeyes recovered a fumble in the endzone.

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3rd Quarter Recap: Ohio 17, Penn State 14

Penn State Nittany Lions tight end Matt Lehman (84) dives into the end zone for a touchdown in the second quarter against the Ohio Bobcats at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US Presswire

Ohio Bobcats 44 Yard TD Pass

Ohio’s defense shut down Penn State’s aerial attack in the third quarter, holding the Nittany Lions to 27 passing yards and the Bobcats have taken the lead 17-14. Ohio threw for 124 yards during the quarter. Penn State has given up 14 straight points.

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3rd Quarter Recap: Illinois 17, W. Michigan 7

In the third quarter, Alex Carder fought back for Western Michigan. He threw for 124 yards and one touchdown, but the Broncos have closed the gap to 17-7. Western Michigan closed the gap to 17-7 when Carder found Jaime Wilson open for an eight-yard touchdown pass to finish off a 57-yard drive. At first, Wilson appeared to fumble before scoring but the touchdown call on the field was confirmed.

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Did You See This? Braxton Miller takes it to the house

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Braxton Miller Stutter Steps, Takes It In

Braxton Miller is still a work in progress as a passer. But there is absolutely nothing wrong with his running. Miller showcased his ground skills throughout Saturday’s season opener against Miami (OH), and at no point were they more apparent than on his 65-yard scoring scamper to open the third quarter. Miller ran past defenders, and then used a strong stutter-step to get his way past the last couple of defenders and into the end zone to give Ohio State a 28-3 lead.

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