Originally written on Buzz On Broad  |  Last updated 10/30/12
Buzz On Broad is proud to bring to you a brand new segment called "Inside PSU." We are all aware of the recent events surrounding the proud university involving some deranged higher-ups formerly employed by Penn State. The 2012 football season at PSU marks the first season under a new regime and even more monumentally, the start of a brand new chapter in Penn State history. While the national media will have their eyes closely affixed to the school from the outside looking in, you can now rely on Buzz On Broad and our newest contributor, PSU Insider Dan Smith, to shed light on the morale and attitude from within the confines of Happy Valley. Look for Dan Smith to break down every game this season each week, from a gridiron perspective to the pulse of the fan base and student body. Enjoy this recap from Penn State's tough loss to Ohio State. FINAL SCORE Ohio State 35, Penn State 23 PASSING Matt McGloin (PSU): 27-45, 327 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT Braxton Miller (OSU): 7-19, 143 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT RUSHING Zach Zwinak (PSU): 12 carries, 42 yards Braxton Miller (OSU): 25 carries, 134 yards, 2 TD RECEIVING Kyle Carter (PSU): 6 receptions, 77 yards, 1 TD Jake Stoneburner (OSU): 2 receptions, 86 yards, 1 TD SCORING SUMMARY Second Quarter 6:15 - PSU - Michael Yancich Recovered Block Punt in End Zone TD (Sam Ficken Kick) ... PSU 7-0 0:34 - OSU - Carlos Hyde 1 Yd TD Run (Drew Basil Kick) ... Tied 7-7 Third Quarter 13:41 - OSU - Ryan Shazier 17 Yd Interception Return TD (Drew Basil Kick) ... OSU 14-7 9:50 - PSU - Sam Ficken 27 Yd FG ... OSU 14-10 3:30 - OSU - Braxton Miller 1 Yd TD Run (Drew Basil Kick) ... OSU 21-10 0:40 - OSU - Braxton Miller 1 Yd TD Run (Drew Basil Kick) ... OSU 28-10 Fourth Quarter 9:49 - PSU - Matt McGloin 2 Yd TD Pass to Matt Lehman (Two-Point Conversion Failed) ... OSU 28-16 6:11 - OSU - Braxton Miller 72 Yd TD Pass to Jake Stoneburner (Drew Basil Kick) ... OSU 35-16 1:41 - PSU - Matt McGloin 20 Yd TD Pass to Kyle Carter (Sam Ficken Kick) ... OSU 35-23 NOTES AND OBSERVATIONS - Well, that one hurt. After all the hype and all the hope, Penn State came out and did not execute well enough to win. While the mood in the stadium was electric early, the sequence of events before halftime made people nervous. And once the disastrous third quarter was finished, people were left scratching their heads. - The main culprit in this loss was the play of the offensive line, which had improved significantly from the Ohio game to the Iowa game. Despite graduating four starters, the offensive line seemed to be playing pretty well, opening things up for Matt McGloin and the revolving door of running backs. But this unit let the team down big time in this game. Neither Bill Belton nor Zach Zwinak had any room to run, forcing McGloin to have to try to pick apart the Ohio State defense in a lot of long yardage situations. And McGloin was under pressure constantly, getting sacked four times and never looking comfortable. The O-line needs to make some adjustments moving forward. - The other unit responsible for this result was the officiating crew. No one wants to be the sore loser blaming the refs because you lost, but they were abominable and had a significant impact on the game in Ohio State's favor. The holding call on the punt return was the point in the second quarter where the momentum shifted. It was a huge swing and gave Ohio State free points. Add in an awful call against Adrian Amos for simply playing cornerback and a criminal missed holding call that led to a Braxton Miller touchdown, and you end up with a result where objective observers were left wondering, "How would these teams do with a fair officiating crew?" It was that bad. - McGloin had probably his worst game since the Ohio game, but he did not play terribly and was not the reason the Nittany Lions lost. His interception in the third quarter may have been the worst throw he has made in his time at Penn State, and he threw a couple earlier that could have been picked, but he managed the game reasonably well aside from that. -Another bad performance came from Bill O'Brien on the sidelines. The thought crept into my head before the opening kickoff when O'Brien deferred to the second half: "Hmm, that goes against what he's been doing all season." That theme continued throughout the game. The playcalling was more conservative. The team punted more frequently than it had in the past. Instead of trusting the offense to convert on fourth down, he elected to try a fake punt pass that Alex Butterworth simply could not pull off (he did not see a wide open Mike Hull and instead threw to a well-covered Derek Day). O'Brien seemed to get skittish at the worst possible time, and didn't allow his team the opportunity to do what it had done to win five games before this one. Urban Meyer outcoached O'Brien Saturday. - Apologies for the delay and the shortness of this article. It may not have been as bad over here, but we were dealing with Hurricane Sandy as well in State College. - This week, Penn State heads out to Purdue. I will be travelling to do ComRadio's play-by-play broadcast of this game live from West Lafeyette. Tune in at 3:30 p.m. Saturday on psucomradio.com. - Purdue is one of the more disappointing teams in the Big Ten so far this season, but they catch Penn State at a time when they are heading on the road after a tough home loss. We saw what happened when Penn State went into the same scenario against Virginia after the Ohio game. Dan Smith is Buzz on Broad's Penn State Insider and the Executive Editor of Penn State's ComRadio. Contact him by email at des5249@gmail.com or on Twitter at @ThatDanSmith.
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