OHIO Remembers To Play Football In Second Half, Knocks Off Penn State

Sep 1, 2012; University Park, PA, USA; Ohio Bobcats quarterback Tyler Tettleton (4) celebrates after rushing for a touchdown in the third quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US Presswire


Final - 9.1.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
Ohio Bobcats 0 3 14 7 24
Penn St. Nittany Lions 7 7 0 0 14

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Can they go undefeated? I don't know, maybe, but who cares? What I saw from the Bobcats in this game was unreal: they rebounded from an atrocious first half where they could only muster three points. They didn't allow any points in the second half. And those fumbles helped it from being a 21-point deficit at halftime.

Granted, I am still concerned about the secondary. I am suddenly worried slightly about Matt Weller. And that's OK. They'll figure that stuff out. What they did do, and we all knew this, was Tyler Tettleton converting third down after crucial third down on that fourth quarter drive, which resulted in a sweet fade pass to Donte Foster in the corner of the end zone for the final touchdown.

Are they runaway favorites in the MAC East? Again, I'm not sure. Ball State looked good, and even Buffalo showed some fight. Week to week this effort of figuring out who's the best is only going to get simpler. Right now ... yeah, OHIO's looking good.

And I can breathe a sigh of relief. This game is finally over, and so much of a big deal was made leading up to the game — and even during the telecase — about the victims, sanctions, football cultures, statues, the atmosphere, the moment, and the football team whose back was against the world. I guess Penn State still has a ton of issues to work out over the next few years, and I don't know what's going to happen to them, but as a MAC blogger, I can finally stop worrying about it. The game is over, and OHIO won. That's pretty excellent.

Next up: Bowling Green at Florida, Northern Illinois vs. Iowa in Soldier Field.

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