September 1, 2012 at 1:50 PM
Bill O'Brien will give his first halftime speech with a 14-3 lead.
Two of the biggest plays of the second quarter both came on special teams, one in favor of Penn State, one against.
First, linebacker Gerald Hodges fumbled a punt, which Ohio recovered at the 12-yardline.
Penn State's defense held tough, keeping Ohio out of the endzone. Matt Weller hit a 22-yard field goal to get the Bobcats on the scoreboard.
The next big play came when Penn State linebacker Nyeem Wartman, a true freshman, blocked an Ohio punt. Jesse Della Valle recovered it at the 18-yardlines.
Penn State took over and on the third play of the drive, McGloin connected with tight end Matt Lehman for the Lions' second score of the game.
The Lions defense continued to contain Ohio's fast-paced offense and Tyler Tettleton, the Bobcats' signal-caller. Tettleton accounted for 155 yards in the first half, 25 of them coming on a scamper as time expired in the first half.
Here are some halftime stats:
Matt McGloin: 16-for-26, 178 yards, two touchdowns
Bill Belton: seven carries, 32 yards; one catch, six yards, touchdown
Allen Robinson: six catches, 74 yards
Gerald Hodges: seven tackles
Tyler Tettleton: 15-for-22, 117 yards; four carries, 38 yards
Beau Blankenship: 11 carries, 37 yards; four catches, 45 yards
Matt Weller: 1-for-2 on FG attempts, made: 22, missed: 44