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November 14, 2012

O'Brien focuses Penn State on Indiana

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Whether it’s after a win or a loss, a controversial call or a season-ending injury to a key player, Penn State’s Bill O’Brien focuses on the next game.

There’s no sense looking back, except to learn how to improve. Next up for the Nittany Lions (6-4, 4-2 Big Ten) following last week’s loss to Nebraska is a visit from Indiana.

“Of course, we hate to lose. Like I’ve always said, losing will never be accepted here at Penn State,” O’Brien said yesterday. “Everyone wishes we could have done a better job ... but we’ve moved on.”

Playing football has been the respite for players under near-constant scrutiny for things had nothing to do with them. It’s been that way for a year now, since ex-assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested on child sex abuse charges, and the NCAA levied landmark sanctions on the program for the school’s handing of the scandal.

Many Penn State fans have been irritated that players bore the brunt of the NCAA’s wrath. Frustration boiled over again following last week’s 32-23 loss to the Cornhuskers over what was ruled a fumble just before Matt Lehman reached the goal line for what could have been a touchdown.

Quarterback Matt McGloin said he thought Penn State wouldn’t get that call against any team. “That’s just the way it is. Write what you think. It’s us against the world and we’re not going to get those types of calls in these types of games,” the senior said after the game. McGloin wasn’t made available to reporters this week.

“At the end of the day, it’s a free country and Matt can say what he wants, and that’s what he did,” O’Brien said yesterday. “He’s an emotional kid but, look, it’s time to move on to Indiana and that’s it.”

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