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New Era At Penn State Begins With 24-14 Loss To Ohio

Corey Hasting #94 of the Ohio Bobcats sacks quarterback Matthew McGloin #11 of the Penn State Nittany Lions during the first half at Beaver Stadium on September 1, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Corey Hasting #94 of the Ohio Bobcats sacks quarterback Matthew McGloin #11 of the Penn State Nittany Lions during the first half at Beaver Stadium on September 1, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — The new era at Penn State is off to a disappointing start.

The Nittany Lions let an 11-point halftime lead slip away and Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton accounted for three second-half touchdowns to hand Bill O’Brien a 24-14 loss in his debut as Penn State head coach.

For many fans, just having football again at Beaver Stadium was enough of a victory following a trying offseason.

“We are … Penn State,” the anxious crowd roared in the fourth quarter, their team trailing by three.

Matt McGloin threw for 260 yards and two touchdowns guiding Penn State’s new-look offense.

There were some other changes, too: players’ names on the backs of the uniforms, and blue ribbons on the back of the helmets to show support for victims of child sexual abuse.

It was Penn State’s first game since the NCAA’s landmark sanctions including a four-year bowl ban for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

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