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

Five for Friday Ohio State Football Buckeyes

Penn State punched it in from one yard out to take a 26-14 lead with eight minutes left, it seemed like the annual tradition of blowing big games would finally come to an end. Sophomore Dwayne Haskins has put up some big numbers in the Buckeyes' first four games, completing 75.7 percent of his passes for 1,194 yards and 16 touchdowns. Hill broke John Reid's tackle and sprinted down the sideline for the go-ahead touchdown with 2:03 to go. They eventually found some success, especially with J.K. Dobbins, but there were far too many predictable, slow-developing wide runs that got blown up.

But a fumble by Sanders on the first play after the seventh punt set Ohio State up at the Nittany Lions' 25-yard line with 2:32 left in the first half. After the ball changed hands a few times, Penn State got back on the front foot and regained the lead. and then extended it to 12 points in the fourth quarter. This was a game that felt like Penn State could have been up 17-7 at the half but between oddly timed usages of the Tommy Stevens package and once again poorly timed drops by receivers hurt more than the good plays helped. It's hard to ignore that final quarter, but equally true, if Penn State's offense had finished a few early drives it might not have mattered as much. Chase Young also got nailed for 15 yards on a facemask on one of the few times the defense bottled up Trace McSorley in the backfield.

A top-10 battle between the Ohio State Buckeyes and Penn State Nittany Lions provided the chance for the most exciting finishes in college football this year.

The decision to run the ball on fourth down after each team had taken a timeout instead of relying on quarterback Trace McSorley was widely criticized and second-guessed by fans and media alike.

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Penn State really struggled offensively in the third quarter, putting up just 36 yards. That, as Franklin eluded to, was an example of the Buckeyes getting their athletes in space and letting them make plays.

Ohio State (5-0, 2-0) began its comeback when Haskins threw a high pass that was pulled in by receiver Victor Binjimen, who then zigzagged his way through defenders for a 47-yard TD to pull the Buckeyes within 26-21 with 6:42 to go.

Haskins completed 22-of-39 passes for 270 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. Luckily, the Nitts missed a field goal on the drive. The Lions stalled and settled for Pinegar's 39-yard field goal, which made it 6-0. Defensively, Penn State is giving up 19.5 points and 345.8 yards per game, including just 173.3 passing yards per game. He might not win the Heisman over those other two quarterbacks, but McSorley is a gritty, tough, electrifying playmaker as a passer and a runner.

Penn State marched to the Ohio State 37 on its next series but couldn't keep the drive going long enough.

"We're going to grow from this", Sanders said.

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