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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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Nittany Lions Stumble

 

Homecoming wasn't exactly a welcoming occasion for the Nittany Lions. (Chris Gardner/Getty Images)

 

The Nittany Lions may be in for a long season.

Penn State was dominated by an inexperienced Illinois football team. They fell 33-13 on the road in the second Big Ten contest of the season.

The Penn State offense was stifled all day by the Fighting Illini. Illinois only had one three-and-out throughout the entire game.

On their first offensive possession, the Nittany Lions were able to drive down the field. Colin Wagner booted a 28-yard field goal to give Penn State an early 3-0 lead.

The Fighting Illini were able to answer the Nittany Lions’ field goal with a touchdown of their own. Nathan¬†Scheelhaase connected with receiver A.J. Jenkins for an 18-yard touchdown to give Illinois the lead.

The Illini were controlling the play for the majority of the first half. Robert Bolden was picked off by linebacker Nate Bussey and Bussey took the interception in for a touchdown making the score 14-3.

Bolden and company were able to answer in a huge way. The Illini kickoff was sent into the end zone for a touchback.

Bolden then throw an 80-yard touchdown pass to Derek Moye to put the Nittany Lions right back into the game.

Every time Penn State looked like they were cutting into lead, the Fighting Illini answered back with points of their own.

This time kicker Derek Dimke kicked a 50-yard field goal to make it a 17-10 game.

The teams traded a pair of field goals before halftime. The Nittany Lions found themselves down 20-13 at the half.

The second half was even worse than the first half. The Nittany Lions were held scoreless and gave up 13 points on defense.

The Fighting Illini added a trick-play touchdown and two field goals to win the game 33-13.

Penn State now stands at 3-3 at the midway point of the season. They have a bye week next week before travelling to Minnesota to face a very bad Golden Gophers team.

The Nittany Lions have a lot to work on and the inconsistency of the offense is among the top concern.

The inability to put points on the board is a major problem. Bolden is having a typical freshman season and is going through tremendous growing pains.

Penn State really needs to turn its play around if they want a bowl bid this season.