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Nittany Lions lose opener to Ohio University

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Penn State returns to the football field after ten months of scandal and the loss of head coach Joe Paterno. They lost to Ohio. But NBC10's John Clark reports fans are still behind them. (Published Saturday, Sep 1, 2012)

    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 off-season.
     
    ``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.