Buckeye defense bent, but didn't break against Penn State

Kristopher Nichols
October 1, 2018

McSorley looked like a magician in willing Penn State to a 26-14 lead with 8 minutes left.

McSorley completed 16 of 32 passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns. Haskins connect with Binjimen Victor, who weaved and slipped through tacklers for a 47-yard touchdown catch and run that cut it to 26-21 with 6:42 left.

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.

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. "We just didn't make the play". "It's just rallying as a team, as a unit and realize that we have to get the job done".

No disrespect to the great players across the country, especially Tua Tagovailoa at Alabama or Kyler Murray at Oklahoma, but neither of those studs is as valuable to their teams as Trace McSorley is to Penn State.

Penn State coach James Franklin said, "It was a great first half but we weren't able to finish late in the game". Penn State's defense was doing everything asked of it and more for most of the game.

Ohio State inexplicably had a delay of game penalty trying for a two-point conversion, and after getting pushed back 5 yards, it could not convert, leaving the score 27-26.

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After that, all Ohio State had to do was take a knee and let the clock run out. 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.

Ohio State is home to play IN next week. "We probably shouldn't have given up a touchdown with that sudden change (Sanders' fumble in the second quarter)". There's gonna be big plays and everything. The run game is being led by the duo of J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber, who have combined for 622 yards and five touchdowns.

Ohio State visited Happy Valley on Saturday night to take on Penn State in a game that very well could decide the Big Ten East (and by proxy, the Big Ten) title.

Linebacker Koa Farmer then stopped Haskins for no gain on fourth-and-1 at the Penn State 48, giving the Lions the football.

Ohio State took the ball to open the second half and sliced down the field, moving 75 yards in 13 plays to grab the lead, and it seemed like Haskins and company were finally back on track.

After trading punts to open the game, Penn State struck the first blow of the game when McSorley found Juwan Johnson for a spectacular 31-yard gain, taking the ball from the Ohio State 48 to the 17.

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