OSU holds off Penn State

Hope Soto
September 30, 2018

However, Ohio State gave up many big plays to the Penn State offense, but when it was time to make an important play, the Buckeye defense delivered. Ultimately, the Buckeyes have more speed and talent all around than Penn State in my opinion.

Later in the second, with Penn State backed up near its end zone, McSorley hit Hamler on a slant pass. Hamler then sprinted through and past the Ohio State defense for a 93-yard touchdown, the second-longest in school history. It looked like the Nittany Lions would get another home victory against the Buckeyes (5-0, 2-0) like they did in 2016.

Sanders had done very little all night, finishing with 43 yards on 16 carries. It stopped Penn State in its tracks and got it out of a rhythm.

"We obviously didn't make the right call in that situation".

Penn State outgained Ohio State 492-389. But with the game hanging in the balance on fourth-and-5 with 1:20 left, the play called for McSorley to hand it off to Sanders in the backfield.

On Ohio State's ensuing possession, linebacker Koa Farmer made a huge stop on fourth-and-1 at the PSU 48, stuffing quarterback Dwayne Haskins at the line of scrimmage for no gain. Ohio State players in a stadium underbelly had the glow of those who escape. "We probably shouldn't have given up a touchdown with that sudden change (Sanders' fumble in the second quarter)".

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The victor of the White Out will take sole possession of the Big Ten East lead with the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions both sitting at 4-0.

He finished the game 22-of-39 passing for 270 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Some went so far as to say it was the worst Penn State playcall since Joe Paterno made a decision to attempt a field goal on Alabama's 1-yard line in 1989.

But a fumble by Sanders on the first play after the seventh punt set Ohio State up at the Nittany Lions' 25-yard line with 2:32 left in the first half. Then Ohio State called a timeout.

Maybe it was adjustments or exhausted legs or both, but the wheels slowly fell off in the fourth quarter as Penn State's biggest demons, open-field tackling, and a sudden inability to defend the screen, led to two pivotal Ohio State scoring drives. Both teams are undefeated, and the Buckeyes have won four of the last five meetings, including a 39-38 thriller last season.

Penn State punched it in from one yard out to take a 26-14 lead with eight minutes left, it seemed like the annual tradition of blowing big games would finally come to an end. This, however, will be his first true road game as the starter, and it will be interesting to see how he handles the deafening noise of the Penn State "White Out" crowd.

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