October 27, 2012 at 6:15 PM
Missed opportunities by both Ohio State and Penn State set the tone of the first quarter here at Beaver Stadium.
On the Nittany Lions' third offensive play of the game, wide receiver Allen Robinson beat his defender downfield, and there was no one between him and the endzone. Matt McGloin led his pass to Robinson a little far, but it was definitely a catchable ball. Robinson couldn't hold on, though, and the Lions were forced to punt.
Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller broke into Penn State territory, but proceeded to throw to passes that probably should have been intercepted by safety Stephen Obeng-Agyapong and cornerback Stephon Morris. On 3rd down, Miller also missed a wide open Corey Brown.
Miller missed another receiver on Ohio State's ensuing drive. The Heisman-candidate did not look his best to start off this game. Miller is coming off an injury last week that left his neck feeling sore heading into this game. The rowdy crowd may also be playing a role in Miller's slow start.
McGloin also suffered his first sack since the fourth quarter of the Northwestern game three weeks ago. It came on a miscommunication with center Matt Stankiewitch, who snapped the ball to McGloin while the redshirt senior was trying to audible. Ohio State dropped McGloin for a seven yard loss.
Penn State's defensive backs had a few chances to make big plays in the first quarter, and they and Miller helped each other. On another bad pass from the Ohio State signal caller on third down, cornerback Adrian Amos kept a drive alive after committing a personal foul on a defenseless wide receiver. Miller's pass attack will come down to whether he can start finding his targets and if the secondary can keep up.