Troy Bodine quarterbacked Cincinnati to two touchdowns after the 20th-ranked Nittany Lions twice lost the ball on fumbles in the second quarter of the Bearcats' 14-3 upset at Penn State yesterday.
It was the first time Joe Paterno had lost his first two games of a season since he became Penn State coach 17 years ago. His defending national champions began their season with a 44-6 defeat by Nebraska; they had beaten Cincinnati, 52-0, last year.
Friday night, Paterno seemed to have a premonition of the outcome. "We're not a very good football team right now," he said. "We can't put four plays together in a row without a mistake." He did not appear yesterday for his postgame radio interview.
Bodine, a junior college transfer from Garden Grove, Calif., completed 25 of 36 passes for 261 yards.
Cincinnati, which gained 207 yards in the first half to 57 for the three-touchdown favorite Nittany Lions, took a 7-0 lead with 13:32 left in the second quarter when Bodine passed 11 yards to split end Bill Booze.
The Bearcats, under new Coach Watson Brown, struck again with 11:16 left in the half on Don Goodman's eight-yard touchdown run to make it 14-0.
Their first touchdown followed a fumble by Kevin Baugh on a punt return, with the ball recovered at Penn State's 38. Baugh fumbled again after returning a kickoff 27 yards and the ball again was recovered at the 38. Both scoring drives took five plays, with Bodine completing three passes each time.