Three takeaways from Ohio State's win over Penn State

An nearly complete absence of offense was the defining characteristic of the first half for Ohio State until a Penn State turnover set up OSU's only score in the first 30 minutes. He deserves it. In a losing effort, McSorley accounted for 461 of Penn State's 496 yards of offense.

"They did a good job; they ran a twist to be able to get in the backfield quickly".

"We're tough, our mentality is tough", Cooper said.

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. Then Ohio State called a timeout.

Penn State is off next week before hosting No. 21 Michigan State on October 13. 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. They had the best player - a legitimate Heisman Trophy contender in Trace McSorley, who played out of his mind - and a 12-point lead with only 8 minutes to go.

Haskins closed the night hitting 22-of-39 passes for 270 yards with three touchdowns and an interception, while Dobbins and Weber combined to gain 174 yards on 29 total touches.

McSorley and Penn State still had plenty of time left with 2:03 showing on the clock.

"We should have called something different there", Franklin admitted. Miles Sanders was quiet with 43 yards on 16 carries and Juwan Johnson and Brandon Polk were inconsistent catching the ball beyond Juwan's incredible one-handed grab.

"I love you, but that's a bad call", the fan quipped back as security restrained Franklin from getting closer to the stands.

And then just like that, everything changed, and for the second year in a row the Buckeyes swiped victory away from the Nittany Lions in another wild game between the Big Ten powerhouses. This grade is hurt really by two separate but similar things: the Nittany Lions going 3-of-17 on third down, and a failure to finish early drives with points in the first half. For the second time in September, the Buckeyes allowed a 93-yard touchdown, this time on a slant pass from McSorley to K.J. Hamler in the second quarter to make it 13-0.

Penn State got the ball into Ohio State territory on its first play after that touchdown, but defensive end Chase Young made two big plays as the Buckeyes held on. Haskins completed just 7-of-16 passes for 62 yards after beginning the game completing 76 percent of his passes.

"Our defense played great for three quarters", Franklin said. The Buckeyes went 96 yards in the fourth quarter for the win.

  • Angelo Rivera