Halftime Analysis: Penn State 14, Ohio 3

September, 1, 2012
9/01/12
1:51
PM ET
Stat of the half: 2:1. That's the ratio of pass plays to run plays. In a complete reversal, Penn State is now passing the ball twice as much as it runs. Last season, Penn State passed the ball about 42 percent of the time. In the first half against Ohio, passing plays have accounted for 66 percent of the offense.

Player of the half: Matt McGloin. His quick decisions and quick passes caused some early frustration the Bobcats’ defense. He's 16-of-26 for 178 yards and two touchdowns. He had a pair of ugly throws, but he's still moving this offense pretty efficiently.

What's working for Penn State: Multiple-personnel packages. Penn State's staying fresh by showing a lot of new faces. Ohio simply doesn't know who to key in on.

On offense, Allen Robinson caught six balls in the first quarter, and then Bill O'Brien pulled him for a drive and Kyle Carter became the star. On defense, at least four players have been rotating in, including Deion Barnes with Pete Massaro and Stephen Obeng-Agyapong with Jacob Fagnano.

What's not working for Penn State: Limiting mistakes. O'Brien said Tuesday he wanted to focus on limiting turnovers and mental mistakes. Two first-half drives ended, however, to those types of errors (Bill Belton fumble in red zone, Evan Lewis drop at midfield on 3rd-and-5). And Ohio scored its only points after Gerald Hodges mishandled a punt return on the 13-yard line.

Play of the half: Nyeem Wartman, a true freshman, blocked a punt with less than three minutes left in the half. The block set up Penn State's second touchdown.

Josh Moyer | email

Penn State/Big Ten reporter

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Comments

You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?

Big Ten Recruiting Report Card
Recruiting reporter Tom VanHaaren breaks down summer college football recruiting efforts in the Big Ten.
VIDEO PLAYLIST video