Penn State left several points on the field in its season opener against Ohio, though exactly where they might have come from was difficult to pinpoint.
Curtis Dukes made his 2012 debut and had 30 yards on 10 carries Saturday.
Sam Ficken left 13 points -- nearly as many as the Nittany Lions scored -- on the field during Saturday's 17-16 loss at Virginia.
The sophomore kicker missed field-goal tries of 40, 38, 20 and 42 yards, the last through a heavy drizzle as time expired and had an extra-point attempt blocked. He also converted on a 32-yarder early in the fourth quarter.
Ficken's teammates made it publicly clear they were behind him after the game.
"We'll try to keep him up," running back Derek Day said. "This is the game of football, and people have a bad day. But you've got to bring them right back. Sam is a guy that we're going to need throughout the season. You can dwell on the loss for a day but you've got to get back to work on Monday and we'll be all right."
Ficken, who assumed the field-goal, extra-point and kickoff duties when Anthony Fera decided to transfer to Texas this summer following the NCAA sanctions, did not attempt a field goal against Ohio. All of his kicks against the Cavaliers had enough distance but he pulled two wide left, including the final try, and pushed two wide right.
"You just don't let him keep his head down," defensive tackle Jordan Hill said. "You can't let him dwell on it. You have to let him know at practice, 'you can make this kick.' Because we've seen him make those kicks."
Penn State's only other kickers on the roster are walk-ons Matt Marcincin, who also made the trip to Charlottesville, and Kevin DiSanto, who joined the squad in preseason camp. Penn State coach Bill O'Brien was asked if the team would consider other options at the position.
"We'll have to go back tomorrow and look at that as a staff," O'Brien said. "Sam's our kicker. We'll see if there are things we can do to help him. But it's not all on the kicker."
Injury report: A number of key starters, as well as a reserve, suffered injuries Saturday. Quarterback Matt McGloin left the game late in the second quarter with an injury to his right throwing elbow. He was replaced by true freshman Steven Bench for the rest of the half and for the first two plays of the second half before returning to the field.
McGloin, who was 11-of-21 in the second half, said X-rays on the elbow after the game were negative and that he would likely have the elbow reevaluated during the next few days.
"I hit the nerve in the elbow," he said. "The second time was even worse. The X-rays were negative. Tim Bream, Dr. (Wayne) Sebastianelli and Scotty worked their magic. They gave me some stuff and I was able to go back in."
Day, who made his first career start at running back, left the game in the third quarter with an injury to his left shoulder and did not return. He said after the game doctors didn't know the full extent of the injury and that it would receive further evaluation when the team returned to State College.
Left tackle Donovan Smith suffered an unspecified injury to his right foot early in the game and was able to play a few more series before sitting out most of the second half. He was replaced by right tackle Mike Farrell, while Adam Gress filled in at the right tackle spot.
New faces: With Bill Belton back in State College with an ankle injury, running backs Curtis Dukes and Zach Zwinak saw their first action of the season Saturday. Dukes had 30 yards on 10 carries, with a long of 7. Zwinak carried three times for 2 net yards and added four yards on one reception.
Nickel note: Penn State had gone 7 1/2 quarters of the season before it went to a nickel formation for the first time. On a 3rd and 5 for the Cavaliers with just under seven minutes to play in the game, cornerback DaQuan Davis checked into the lineup in place of linebacker Michael Mauti, the first time the Nittany Lions had gone with five defensive backs this season. Virginia picked up a first down and extended the drive, which led to the go-ahead touchdown by Jake McGee.
Miscellaneous: O'Brien said after the game that backup quarterback Paul Jones has been receiving tight end reps in practice. … Adrian Amos had Penn State's only kickoff return Saturday, a 27-yarder. Receiver Evan Lewis and defensive back Jesse Della Valle dropped back as punt returners. Della Valle had one return for 4 yards and Lewis had one return for zero net yards. … Bench became the sixth true freshman to see action for Penn State. He was joined on Penn State's first road trip by classmates Davis, Eugene Lewis, Nyeem Wartman, Trevor Williams, Austin Johnson, Jesse James, Akeel Lynch and Jordan Lucas.