I fired my opening salvo last week after a 34-0 victory over Kent State, so it’s hard to load up that same gun again. I optimistically concluded: http://www.nittanylionsden.com/2013-articles/september/midweek-serenity-a-bone-to-pick.html
“Last year’s metamorphosis gives me reason to believe that O’Brien can learn from what he saw in the first month of the season…It starts with Hack’s stats taking a back seat and Lynch moving into the driver’s seat.”
O’Brien indeed didn’t learn from what he saw in the first four weeks. Instead, he loaded up an “Ohio 2012” game plan against middling Indiana. You remember, the game where O’Brien threw 70% of the time even though McGloin only made a smidge more than 50% of his throws?
Yesterday, O’Brien set a school record with 55 pass attempts for true freshman Christian Hackenberg, which might have been understandable for a team playing from behind. Penn State, however, relied on the pass when the game was still tight.