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Ohio State outlasts Penn State in an instant classic: 3 takeaways

01 October 2018

Defensive end Chase Young dropped Miles Sanders for a 2-yard loss on fourth-and-5 from the Ohio State 43 with 1:16 left to seal the Buckeyes' second straight one-point win over Penn State.

Ohio State QB's first road test. "There was a time, now, you looked up and saw those white pom-poms and that whole deal and thought that was over". Ohio State reasoned Penn State would run a zone-read option to the weak side, the right side, involving quarterback Track McSorley, who already had set a school record for total offense in the game, and running back Miles Sanders.

The record-breaking crowd of 110,889 was singing along to "Sweet Caroline" and "Livin' on a Prayer". "In the fourth quarter, they got their athletes in space".

The Lions held Ohio State, which had been averaging 54.5 points and 599 yards, to 14 points until the fourth quarter. Ohio State has disgusting 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. And he promised to change it. "Because I know the guys in that locker room are hurting. But I am going to make sure that as our program, that we do everything right and we grow every single day and we challenge ourselves every single day and we get uncomfortable, we get comfortable being uncomfortable and break out to that next phase". 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.

"Our defense played great for three quarters", Franklin said.

Once again with a great chance to take control of the game, Penn State again couldn't muster anything more than a glancing blow.

"We came out and tried to get them to jump a little bit and see if we could get them to move", said McSorley, explaining the second timeout.

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The bad field position didn't matter as Haskins hit J.K. Dobbins on a screen pass that turned into a 35-yard gain on the first play. Haskins hit K.J. Hill broke John Reid's tackle and sprinted down the sideline for the go-ahead touchdown with 2:03 to go.

On a whiteboard, James Franklin's fourth-down call made a lot of sense, but games aren't played on a whiteboard.

Saturday night could have been an arrival of sorts for Penn State. "To me, in the end, I want to give our best players - our toughest, smartest most dependable players - an opportunity to win the game". I attempt to give you an insight on how we got to the climax as well as describe how well each unit for the Buckeyes played in particular.

Early in the second quarter, Garrett Taylor intercepted a pass off the hands of tight end Rashod Berry and returned it 45 yards to the Buckeyes' 28. Penalties and a propensity to give up long gains continue to dog Ohio State.

Penn State fell to 4-1 on the season, with its next game against Michigan State at home on October 13. And no tiebreaker against the Buckeyes in the East Division.

Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley takes off running against Ohio State during the first half of Saturday's game at Beaver Stadium. But there was no reason to believe the line was capable of beating Ohio State's defensive front on that snap.

Ohio State outlasts Penn State in an instant classic: 3 takeaways