Penn State loses first game since trial
STATE COLLEGE, Pennsylvania - Agence France-Presse
Penn State fans hold signs in support of the Penn State football team at the end of their NCAA football game against Ohio University in State College, Pennsylvania September 1, 2012. REUTERS photoPenn State suffered a 24-14 upset loss to Ohio University on Saturday in the Nittany Lions' first gridiron game since the child sex abuse conviction of ex-assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
It was the first game for the storied collegiate American football program since former NFL New England Patriots assistant coach Bill O'Brien took over as coach, replacing iconic Joe Paterno, who died at age 85 last January.
A jury convicted Sandusky last June on 45 counts in a case that shocked the United States and rocked the university.
Paterno, who died of complications from lung cancer, had 111 victories wiped out last July after an independent review of his actions found he should have done more to stop Sandusky afte being told about an incident involving a child in a team locker room shower.
Tyler Tettleton threw for 324 yards and two touchdowns for the triumphant Bobcats, who trailed 14-3 at half-time but rallied for the victory.
"We wanted to win it for the fans, and win just for the alumni and for ourselves and it's just upsetting," Penn State receiver Shawney Kersey said.