A 24-14 loss to Ohio wasn't the way Penn State wanted to start off the Bill O'Brien era. Check out the highs and lows of the loss to the Bobcats.
Wartman's blocked punt was a bright spot for the Nittany Lions.
GAME BALL (OFFENSE) - Tyler Tettleton - Ohio
When his team needed it the most, Tettleton was nearly flawless. He marched the Bobcats 93 yards down the field in the fourth quarter for the score that would put it away, completing all five of his passes along the way. All but one were in third down situations. He finished the day 31 of 41 passing for 324 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 47 yards and a score.
GAME BALL (DEFENSE) - Keith Moore - Ohio
Ohio's middle linebacker led the Bobcats with seven tackles - all of them solo - and hopped on a fumble in the first quarter that halted a Nittany Lions drive. Moore always had his nose around the football and helped the Bobcats limit Penn State to 92 yards on the ground.
GAME BALL (SPECIAL TEAMS) - Nyeem Wartman - Penn State
Wartman, a true freshman from Northeast PA, didn't take long to make his mark on the field. He was able to burst up the middle and get a hand a punt from the foot of Grant Venham.
PLAY OF THE GAME - There's really no reason that Ohio wide receiver Landon Smith should have even gotten a hand on a third down heave in the third quarter, but Penn State safeties Malcolm Willis and Stephen Obeng-Agyapong couldn't come down with the pick and the ball bounced into the waiting arms of smith, who trotted into the end zone for a 43-yard freak touchdown. Though still down 14-10, the score secured the momentum for the Bobcats, who never gave it back.
BEST PASS - Fade passes don't get much prettier than the one that Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettelton threw down the right sideline in the third quarter. Penn State cornerback Stephon Morris was stride for stride with wideout Ryan Clark but Tettelton managed to find the window for a big 33 yard pickup on third down.
WORST PASS - Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin was in the grasp and going down when his instincts got the best of him in the first quarter. He tried to dish to Bill Belton and was lucky that the ball was not intercepted or that the throw wasn't ruled a fumble.
BEST RUN - Ohio running back Beau Blankenship grinded out 109 yards on 31 carries, his best coming on a 12-yard scamper on the Bobcats' final scoring drive.
WORST RUN Penn State running back Derek Day had absolutely nowhere to go and was swallowed up as he managed to get back to the line of scrimmage on the first play of a fourth quarter drive.
BEST CATCH - Ohio tight end Jordan Thompson had Penn State safety Jake Fagnano draped over him as he made a key third down reception on the Bobcats' final scoring drive.
WORST DROP - Penn State running back Bill Belton had plenty of green in front of him on a screen pass in the first quarter, but he couldn't haul in the short pass and Penn State was left with a third down instead.
BEST BLOCK - Penn State freshman linebacker Nyeem Wartman came charging up the middle and got his hand on a Grant Venham punt in the second quarter. The ball still got airborne, but was caught by Jesse Della Valle at the Ohio 18-yard-line. Penn State found the end zone three plays later.
WORST FUMBLE - A point of emphasis for Penn State running back Bill Belton since his switch to the position has been ball security, but he didn't show it on the Nittany Lions first drive as the ball was knocked away in Ohio territory. The Bobcats quickly hopped on it.
BEST KICK - Ohio punter Grant Venham certainly came ready to go, as he boomed a 53-yard punt on his first attempt in the first quarter. The kick had plenty of hang time and allowed the Bobcats to get down the field and force a 1-yard loss on the return.
WORST KICK - Ohio kicker Matt Weller has been typically reliable in his career, but he missed back to back attempts of 44 and 39 yards at key junctures in the game.
BEST TACKLE - Penn State's Stephon Morris came up from his cornerback spot and stuck Ohio receiver Bakari Bussey for no gain on a wide receiver screen in the second quarter.
BEST HIT - Penn State safety Malcolm Willis came up and laid the wood on Ohio receiver Matt Waters to force an incompletion just before halftime.
WORST TACKLE - Penn State cornerback Adrian Amos had a chance to force a fourth down early in the fourth quarter, but couldn't keep Ohio receiver Ryan Clark in front of him and Clark was able to shake loose for a big first down.
BEST CALL - Ohio went back to the no-huddle offense in the second half and was able to cash in with three unanswered scores. The Bobcats had their way with the Nittany Lions front seven and left them gassed for the fourth quarter.
WORST CALL - It was fun to see all-everything linebacker Gerald Hodges back deep fielding kicks, but it was apparent before halftime that the experiment shouldn't last too long. Hodges returned the opening kick 12 yards, had a punt return go for negative yardage and fumbled his second punt return inside the 15. The latter turned into three points for Ohio.
HEADS UP AWARD - Driving late in the second quarter, Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin made an adjustment at the line of scrimmage on a third down and hit tight end Matt Lehman in the flat, who turned the corner and found the end zone from 14 yards out. The play gave the Nittany Lions a 14-3 lead heading into halftime.
MOST TELLING STATISTIC - 47-301
Ohio ran a jaw-dropping 47 plays in the second half and just chewed up the Nittany Lions' defense for 301 yards. The Bobcats held the ball for more than 18 minutes and wore down the Nittany Lions front seven.