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Penn State's O'Brien defensive about shaky defense after historic defeat against Ohio State

  • Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien shouts instructions to his team against Ohio State during the third quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State beat Penn State 63-14. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

    Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien shouts instructions to his team against Ohio State during the third quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State beat Penn State 63-14. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2013 file photo, Ohio State running back Jordan Hall (7) breaks away for a 41-yard gain against Penn State during the third quarter of an NCAA college football game in Columbus, Ohio. With four games remaining, including Saturday's contest at Purdue, No. 4 Ohio State gears up for a race to the finish in the Big Ten and national championship races. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2013 file photo, Ohio State running back Jordan Hall (7) breaks away for a 41-yard gain against Penn State during the third quarter of an NCAA college football game in Columbus, Ohio. With four games remaining, including Saturday's contest at Purdue, No. 4 Ohio State gears up for a race to the finish in the Big Ten and national championship races. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon, File)  (The Associated Press)

Penn State coach Bill O'Brien is defensive about his defense.

O'Brien stuck up for defensive coordinator John Butler after a historic defeat that saw the Nittany Lions allow the most points surrendered by the program.

Just this season?

Nope. Try 114 years.

Not only that, but a program built as "Linebacker U" has turned into "U Get to Score," because of a leaky defense that has allowed 40-plus points in three straight games.

Time to regroup? For sure. But O'Brien also says it's time to lay off laying the blame at Butler and the defense.