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Dienhart: Big Ten Snap Reactions To Early Games

With two Big Ten games under my belt from Thursday and Friday, I locked in on the four early Big Ten games Saturday. Here are my Snap Reactions, where I list the three things I learned from each game. What did you learn? Come tell me in the comment section at the bottom of this post. Ohio State 56, Miami (Ohio) 10 1. The Urban Meyer era got off to a nice start with a dominating effort. The Buckeyes fell behind 3-0 in a lackluster first quarter and then outscored the RedHawks, 56-7. The new spread offense totaled 538 yards

Penn State Falls in Bill O'Brien's Debut

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. [AP: Sue Paterno attended season opener.] [ Get your first look at Penn State jerseys with names on the back] It was a sad ending for a devoted fan base that came

3rd Quarter Recap: Ohio 17, Penn State 14

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. An 81-yard drive that ended when Tyler Tettleton threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to Landon Smith helped the Bobcats narrow the deficit to 14-10. Tettleton’s one-yard touchdown run finished off an eight-play, 70-yard drive and gave Ohio the lead, 17-14. The Nittany Lions’ Matt McGloin passed for 27 yards in the quarter to put him over

2nd Quarter Recap: Penn State 14, Ohio 3

Matt Lehman had a productive quarter for Penn State. He caught a 14-yard touchdown pass, and the Nittany Lions now lead 14-3. Ohio made the score 7-3 after Matt Weller made a 22-yard field goal to finish off an eight-yard drive. The Bobcats began the drive with good field position at Penn State’s 13-yard line after Ohio recovered a fumble. [ Get your first look at Penn State jerseys with names on the back] The Nittany Lions made their lead 14-3 when Matt McGloin tossed a 14-yard touchdown to Lehman on the last play of a three-play, 18-yard drive. A

1st Quarter Recap: Penn State 7, Ohio 0

Penn State sniffed out Ohio’s rushing attack in the first quarter, holding the Bobcats to 16 rush yards and the Nittany Lions lead 7-0 at the end of the first quarter. Penn State’s passing attack looked sharp, as the Nittany Lions threw for 130 yards in the quarter. [ Get your first look at Penn State jerseys with names on the back] Penn State took the game’s first lead after Matt McGloin threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Bill Belton on the last play of a 10-play, 80-yard drive. McGloin’s 21-yard pass to Allen Robinson from the 34-yard line pushed

First look: Penn State jerseys with names on back

Ever since Bill O’Brien announced Penn State would include last names on the back of its jerseys this fall, people have wondered what it will look like. On Saturday morning, a couple of hours before Penn State’s season opener vs. Ohio, @PennStateFball tweeted a picture of the jerseys hanging in the Penn State locker room. This is certain to be a sensitive issue for Penn State fans. Some will love it, saying it’s time to move on from the Joe Paterno era, while others will say it goes against Penn State’s rich tradition. After all, the program has never had

Penn State fans gather for annual Football Eve

Friday night marked the annual Penn State Football Eve at Beaver Stadium, and for several reasons, this pep rally was different than all the ones before it. For the obvious reason, this was the first event without head coach Joe Paterno, who was fired late last year and died months later. On top of that, the Penn State fan base has really rallied around this team and coach Bill O’Brien in the wake of the NCAA sanctions that crippled it this offseason. And, as expected, the traditional cheer of “We Are … Penn State” roared through the stadium on a

Dienhart: Week 1 To Answer My Big Ten Questions

This is the first edition of a new weekly post where I will look at one key question for each team in a piece called: 12 Teams, 12 Questions. I’ll roll these out every Tuesday and look forward to hearing what you think about your team and your team’s games. Remember: Minnesota plays Thursday, Michigan State plays Friday, and the rest play Saturday. Our Big Ten football scoreboard will be a handy bookmark, but also stay in touch with me on Twitter all week and during games. I’m @BTNTomDienhart and I love to hear from readers. Illinois: The Western Michigan