The fourth quarter looked like it would belong to the home team as Penn State ripped off 13 unanswered points to begin the final stanza, but they couldn't put the Buckeyes away.
No. 9 Penn State (4-1, 1-1 Big Ten) went up 26-14 with eight minutes to play on a 1-yard touchdown run by running back Miles Sanders. Ohio State outgained Penn State by almost 100 yards to close things out. That was an option, but Penn State's primary read was to give the ball to Sanders. Penn State moved the ball with a ease at times last night and looked the better team for good portions of the game. On two screen passes, Dobbins gained 35 yards and Parris Campbell picked up 14. There was a smiling, understated but blatantly satisfied Urban Meyer and a fiery, furiously restless James Franklin. He said Victor's touchdown catch "changed everything". Then Ohio State called a timeout.
Considering this group gave up 24 points in the first half to IL last week and then proceeded to give up 27 points to the No.2 ranked offense in the nation, it's hard to find much fault with the steps forward this unit made in such a short span. But give credit to our opponent. But just like past year, when J.T. Barrett led an incredible comeback in Columbus for a 39-38 win, the Buckeyes simply found a way to get the job done when they absolutely had to. Hats off to the defense.
"The coaches did a good job with the halftime adjustments".
Getting over that loss may be harder than Franklin thinks.
Young and a host of other Buckeyes crashed the play, though, and stifled both Sanders, who wound up with the ball, and McSorley, just for assurance.
Dwayne Haskins is human. J.K. Dobbins rushed for 57 yards on 17 carries. The Lions, after all, finished with 492 yards of offense, and Ohio State simply couldn't stop the McSorley magic.
Drue Chrisman probably is better known as the holder for kicker Sean Nuernberger than as the Ohio State punter. It was a bad play call by Penn State after two timeouts, but flawless execution by Ohio State.
Penn State had a 4th-and-5 at Ohio State's 43 with just over a minute left in the game and ran an inside draw that got stuffed for a loss.
The Nittany Lions dominated the first half statistics. They have a strong rushing attack that is putting up 275 yards per game. Haskins completed just 7-of-16 passes for 62 yards after beginning the game completing 76 percent of his passes. McSorley ran twice for 19 yards to set up Sanders' 1-yard touchdown, which made it 26-14 with 8:00 left.
Linebacker Koa Farmer then stopped Haskins for no gain on fourth-and-1 at the Penn State 48, giving the Lions the football.
Penn State football was ranked No. 11 in this week's AP Top 25 poll following its loss to Ohio State at Beaver Stadium.
Down by one point with only 1:22 left in Saturday's game against Ohio State, Penn State chose to run the ball on a four-and-five within Buckeye territory. I understand that erasing a 12-point lead with seven minutes left in a game isn't all that insane - stuff like that happens all the time in college football - but it was how it happened that made it seem miraculous.
"I know that's a play that's the deciding factor in the game".
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.
If Ohio State wanted to play man-to-man and have its secondary turn its back to McSorely in the pocket, he could take off - as he had done all night.
Though the offense couldn't get anything going, Drue Chrisman tilted the game to Ohio State's advantage with a pair of booming punts - a 44-yarder to pin the Nittany Lions to their own 12, and then a 58-yarder to the 2.