Handing Out The Grades Following A 27-26 Loss To Ohio State

The play was there to be made; we just didn't make the play. The public betting for this game now has 68 percent going on Ohio State on the road. But they don't have much a say based on the technicalities. Ohio State doesn't claw its way back if the defense doesn't give Dwayne Haskins and the sputtering offense time to regroup against a dynamic and record-setting performance from Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley. And here's where it's insane because he still Haskins finished 7-of-10 for 138 yards and the game-winning 24-yard touchdown to K.J. Hill with 2:03 remaining. "He came through the middle and made the tackle". K.J. Hill caught a 24-yard pass to complete a drive that started at Ohio State's own 4-yard line to give the Buckeyes a 27-26 lead they would never give back. Both teams are undefeated, and the Buckeyes have won four of the last five meetings, including a 39-38 thriller last season.

Sanders had done very little all night, finishing with 43 yards on 16 carries.

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. On another fourth-and-5 play on the OSU 37-yard line, earlier in the fourth quarter, Penn State opted to punt. 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. He threw one pass over 10 yards in the first half, missed several more and was hit multiple times. Defensively, Ohio State is allowing just 17 points and 323.3 yards per game.

"We have gotten comfortable with being great", Franklin said after the game. It stopped Penn State in its tracks and got it out of a rhythm. A stunning, jaw-dropping sequence of events that left Penn State reeling in the realm of what could - and probably should - have been. Then Ohio State responded with two scores to take the lead with two minutes left.

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Throughout the course of a 27-26 comeback win for Ohio State over Penn State, the Buckeyes had to overcome deficits of 13 and 12 points in the first and second halves. Penn State immediately lost 13 yards on a swing pass trying to set up a trick play. That, as Franklin eluded to, was an example of the Buckeyes getting their athletes in space and letting them make plays.

He finished the game 22-of-39 passing for 270 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.

The Buckeyes finally got on the board two plays later when Haskins hit J.K. Dobbins on a screen pass, who carried it 26 yards for a touchdown with 1:50 to go before the break.

"It's not going to happen again", Franklin said.

  • Lawrence Cooper