We now know O'Brien turned out to be a pretty decent coach on the sidelines. He turned Matt McGloin in to one of the top quarterbacks in the Big Ten. He finally got Zach Zwinak to reach some of his hyped potential on the field and developed a number of young players in to key starters, including the Big Ten's top wide receiver in Allen Robinson. Penn State would love to have the first two games of the O'Brien Era back (losses to Ohio and Virginia) but even in defeat O'Brien found a way to lay a foundation for future success. By the end of the year Penn State was feeling good despite additional losses to Ohio State and Nebraska. An overtime victory against eventual Big Ten champion Wisconsin capped a wild season in storybook fashion. But as soon as Wisconsin's overtime field goal attempt was ruled no good, it was on to the next order of business for O'Brien and his staff.