The Penn State Nittany Lions did not begin the Bill O'Brien Era on a good note, falling to the Ohio Bobcats of the Mid-American Conference 24-14.
The most concerning thing to come from the game, according to Black Shoe DIaries, was the play of the defense that allowed 499 yards to the Bobcats. The concern is especially high in the secondary, a unit that was torched by Ohio's Tyler Tettleton in the second half.
"The secondary was getting burned all day, including Stephon Morris getting abused on a big pass play for the Bobcats. Morris would eventually be carted off the field with an ankle injury, only adding to the secondary's issues. His replacement, true freshman DaQuan Davis (one of five freshman to play, thus burning their redshirts) didn't fare much better."
The defense seemed to tire late, allowing Ohio to go on a 93-yard drive that took up almost seven minutes in the fourth quarter to put the game away. The defense will need to shore things up in the next few weeks, or else exoduses of disappointed fans at Bever Stadium will become commonplace this season.
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