Penn State miscue proves costly

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Penn State lost last year's game to Alabama for many reasons, the most glaring being turnovers in Alabama territory.

To have any chance to upset the third-ranked Crimson Tide today, the Lions had to capitalize on each trip into Alabama territory. Penn State finally got a spark on offense after Rob Bolden re-entered the game at quarterback, but it vanished when tight end Andrew Szczerba fumbled a likely first-down catch just beyond the midfield stripe.

Alabama converted the miscue into a touchdown, as quarterback AJ McCarron continues to look capable of leading the Tide a long way this season. Penn State's defense is making plays, but not enough to stop McCarron and the Tide.

A 17-3 deficit against arguably the nation's best defense could be insurmountable, and Penn State will need to shift the momentum here soon.