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October 23, 2013

College football: Penn State faces 'huge' challenge


"They've done it before, and I think that's a testament to their coaching staff. I think that's a testament to their players. They make the adjustments; they go out and they play better in the second half. That's something that's been a big key for them in the last two games."

'We are ... Bruno?'

O'Brien doesn't like talking about his college playing days.

At Brown University, he was moved from linebacker to defensive tackle, and the Bears went an abysmal 3-28 from 1990-93. While laughing, he says those memories are still "painful" to even talk about.

But no matter how busy he is, or which opponent is awaiting him, each Saturday before Brown plays, he sends a simple two-word text message to the current head coach: "Go Bruno."

"Bruno is a nickname for Brown, so that's usually a text that I send to Phil Estes, the head coach of Brown University," O'Brien said at his press conference Tuesday. "They're 3"'2 right now. So 'Go Bruno' is like 'We are Penn State.' That's the 'We are Brown.'"

Keiser is "full-go"

Selinsgrove graduate Ryan Keiser is "full-go" for Penn State's game against Ohio State, O'Brien said. Keiser, a junior safety, broke his hand in September. The injury caused him to miss the game against Indiana on Oct. 5, and it was originally expected to sideline him even longer.

However, Keiser was in the starting lineup for the next game, which was Penn State's 43-40 quadruple-overtime thriller over Michigan on Oct. 12. O'Brien expects him to contribute again Saturday in Columbus.

Said O'Brien, "Ryan Keiser is full-go. He's been practicing."

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