Poor Second Half Dooms Nittany Lions

It was a deflating second half, upstarted by Daniel Herron, that doomed the Nittany Lions. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

It was a tale of two halves for the Penn State Nittany Lions.

The first half featured strong quarterback play from Matt McGloin and good defense.

McGloin tossed touchdown passes to Justin Brown and Derek Moye in the first half. The Nittany Lions had a surprising 14-3 lead at halftime.

But this is why there are four quarters in a football game.

The second half was an absolute disaster. It was the worst football that the Nittany Lions have played all season.

Ohio State compiled a successful 98-yard touchdown drive which ended in a 5-yard touchdown run by Daniel Herron. The touchdown cut the lead to 14-10.

It seemed as though momentum was changing in the Buckeyes’ favor.

It certainly changed as McGloin was intercepted by Devon Torrence and Torrence took it back 33 yards for the touchdown.

Facing a 2nd-and-13 early in the fourth quarter, the Buckeyes looking like maybe they would have to punt.

But Terrelle Pryor threw a 58-yard bomb that was tipped away by a Penn State defender. Luckily for the Buckeyes, Dane Sanzenbacher was waiting for the ball and hauled in a back-breaking touchdown.

The Buckeyes added another interception return for a touchdown by Travis Howard and a touchdown catch by Jake Stoneburner.

Ohio State prevailed behind a tremendous second half and went on to win 38-14.

It was a game that was very close at halftime. But McGloin struggled mightly in the second half, tossing two pick sixes that really put the game out of reach.

It was a dreadful performance on all aspects.

They couldn’t stop Herron in the second half and he ended up rushing for 190 yards. It was the worst Penn State has looked on defense all year.

The Nittany Lions will try to rebound as they face Indiana on Saturday at FedEx Field in Washington DC. Hopefully they have the same success as the Philadelphia Eagles.

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