The start of a new era at Penn State didn’t go the way Nittany Lions faithful were hoping.
Penn State, in its first game after the sex-abuse scandal that brought down long-time coach Joe Paterno and several other university officials, lost to Ohio University Saturday (Sept. 1), 24-14.
The Nittany Lions took the field to a huge, maybe cathartic roar from their fans, and the cheering continued as they took a 14-3 lead into halftime. Ohio shut out Penn State in the second half, though, scoring 21 unanswered points to put the game away.
The game was the first for Penn State coach Bill O’Brien, who took over for Paterno after the legendary coach was fired in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky abuse scandal. Paterno had been the head coach since 1966.
Following the scandal, Penn State’s football program was hit with major sanctions, including a four-year bowl ban and the loss of numerous scholarships. The university was also fined $60 million.