Let it go.

That's the best advice to give to irate Penn State fans right now.

Follow the lead of your classy head coach, and just let it go.

After Saturday's controversial loss to Nebraska, that's obviously easier said than done.

After all, the no-touchdown call on Matt Lehman's fourth-quarter, goal-line fumble just seems like the latest in a litany of unjust decisions leveled against the Nittany Lions. There are far too many to list here.

Suffice it to say that many members of Nittany Nation are absolutely positive that the NCAA, the Big Ten and the zebras are all out to get their favorite team. Just glance through the blog sites and message boards and you'll find the Blue-and-White faithful venting their anger like an erupting volcano.

They are sure that the PSU program is still paying an unfair price for its role in Sandusky sexual abuse scandal. They believe it is unwarranted retribution, pure and simple, and it's coming from every corner of the college football world.

Of course, it's easy for some folks to believe in conspiracy theories. It's easy for them to believe the world is against them.

You can count PSU quarterback Matt McGloin among that group. He said as much after the Nebraska loss. But it's different if you're a player. You can channel that us-against-the-world mentality into motivation that can help win games. There's no doubt that the PSU players have been feeding on that mentality all season.

If you're a fan, however, that same outlook really serves no useful purpose. Spewing out unfounded conspiracy theories on the Internet just makes you look bitter and petty. It only serves to fulfill the impression among many pundits across the nation that Penn State followers "still just don't get it."

The critics will use the intense PSU outrage over an official's call as just another example of football being way too big and way too important in Happy Valley. The NCAA claimed that is the attitude that led to the Sandusky scandal in the first place.

Still, if you're a PSU fan, it's hard not be upset. You feel like your team is being unfairly victimized by poor calls. But spouting off about grand, orchestrated conspiracies will not solve anything. In fact, it's more likely to create another national backlash against the Nittany Lions.

And it certainly won't change the outcome.

Rather, the more rational approach is to accept the situation for what it likely is -- simple incompetence. The Big Ten has long, sad history of officiating mistakes. The Lehman call is just the latest example.

Once you accept that incompetence, and not some vast conspiracy, led to the Lehman call, it will be much easier to move on. People, including officials, screw up. You don't have to like it, but you learn to live with it.

PSU head coach Bill O'Brien knows that better than anyone.

After the Nebraska loss, he called for unity, as the Lions (6-4, 4-2 Big Ten) finish the season with two home games.

"I would just say to the fans of Penn State that this is a very... even though it is not an undefeated team, it is a very special team with kids that are working hard," he said. "We don't feel like anyone is out to get us.

"We are just trying to figure out how to score on offense, and stop people on defense, and be good on special teams. We need the fans of Penn State to stick with us. This football team stuck with Penn State, and we need the fans of Penn State to stick with us at the Indiana game and the Wisconsin game."

That is a perfectly sane, reasonable approach.

The Lehman call and the Nebraska game are over. O'Brien said his team has "moved on."

Now it's time for the team's fans to do the same.

Just let it go.

Steve Heiser is sports editor of The York Dis patch. He can be reached at sheiser@yorkdis patch.com or at 854-1575, ext. 455.