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PSU crippled by turnovers in plus territory

9/10/2011

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Penn State has spent a decent amount of time in Alabama territory today and also in last year's game.

But the Nittany Lions haven't been able to hold onto the ball.

After committing three of four turnovers in plus territory last year in Tuscaloosa, Penn State has twice given up the ball in Alabama's half of the field today. Any chance for a late rally seemingly went away when Devon Smith coughed up the ball on a reverse.

Alabama's defenders are terrific at stripping the ball, but Penn State continues to squander great scoring opportunities.

While the Lions defense has performed admirably today, the offense hasn't given this team a chance to win, period. Alabama still leads 20-3 midway through the fourth quarter.