Fixing Third Down

Fixing Third Down

Penn State looks to improve on 1-for-16 mark against Syracuse.
UNIVERSITY PARK, CENTRE COUNTY - There's nothing wrong with a week one win.
The Nittany Lions taking down Syracuse 23-17.
But when you look at it a little deeper, there are also areas Penn State can improve on.
The big one is third down conversions - just 1-of-16 against the Orange.

“We gotta call the plays better,” Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien says. “We gotta design the plays better. We gotta get the players to go out there and execute better. But again, we're going to really work hard on that this week.”

O’Brien considers the week between the team's first and second game the time where Penn State will make the most improvement.
When breaking down tape with players O’Brien emphasizes where he and his coaches can do better along with the areas the athletes can work on.

“There's a two-way street there,” O’Brien says of film sessions. “We don't go into a meeting and say, ‘You, you, you.’ It's ‘Us, us, us,’ all the way. And winning is the most important thing. And we won the football game. Winning's like salt water - it cures everything.”

“We went and watched the film on Monday and corrected the mistakes we had to,” senior center Ty Howle says. “And we're going to go out this Saturday and we're obviously trying to play better.”

Moving forward the Nittany Lions will have one fewer target when looking to move the chains.
Tight end Matt Lehman is out for the year with a knee injury.
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