Published: Sun, September 30, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

Three takeaways from Ohio State's win over Penn State

Three takeaways from Ohio State's win over Penn State

Stolen away by Ohio State.

Penn State leads a low-scoring affair thus far.

The Nittany Lions squandered a 12-point, fourth-quarter lead to suffer their first loss of the season.

"When we saw they were in a three-man front, we like to run our regular inside zone and split it through the middle", Sanders said.

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Said McSorley: "I think we had run it once before; it was something we had talked about during the week". Ohio State has awful memories of the White Out after Penn State blocked and returned a field goal for a touchdown in 2016, sealing the biggest win in James Franklin's career.

The Buckeyes answered quickly when Haskins connected with Binjimen Victor for a 47-yard touchdown pass that cut it to 26-21 with 6:42 to go. He called the 96-yard drive for the winning touchdown "one of the great drives in Ohio State history". Then Ohio State responded with two scores to take the lead with two minutes left. A stunning, jaw-dropping sequence of events that left Penn State reeling in the realm of what could - and probably should - have been.

Penn State receiver Juwan Johnson, who has had an issue with drops the first month of the season, made what could go down as one of the best catches of the season in the first half.

In a series that has turned on so many special teams plays, there is something to be said for this group not actually making any massive and critical errors, but it was a below average night, and ultimately that missed kicked hurt the cause as much as anything else did on Saturday night.

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"We have gotten comfortable with being great", Franklin said after the game.

McSorley and Penn State could not come up with a response. How did it take two timeouts by Penn State, plus one by Ohio State, for the Lions to hand the ball off to Sanders on a night when McSorley was masterful, accounting for 461 of Penn State's 492 yards of total offense?

Ohio State survived one of the most hostile environments in the country and while the performance wasn't ideal, it was a flawless example of how a championship team responds to adversity.

Did a late defeat to Ohio State hurt the Nittany Lions' biggest hopes for the year?

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"I love you, but that's a bad call", the fan quipped back as security restrained Franklin from getting closer to the stands. The Lions stalled and settled for Pinegar's 39-yard field goal, which made it 6-0. Haskins completed just 7-of-16 passes for 62 yards after beginning the game completing 76 percent of his passes. He ran 10 more yards to the 1, then Miles Sanders scored from a yard out, and PSU led 26-14 with 8 minutes left after missing the two-point conversion.

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