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

Dwayne Haskins

Dwayne Haskins

Penn State outgained Ohio State by 200 yards before the break.

Penn State leads a low-scoring affair thus far.

"When we saw they were in a three-man front, we like to run our regular inside zone and split it through the middle", Sanders said.

"It's tough because we lost by a point two years in a row", Sanders said.

After forcing a three-and-out, Penn State was moved in prime territory to take control of the game when McSorley dashed for a career-long 51-yard gain on the first play of the drive, but the march sputtered and Pinegar's 46-yard field goal hooked wide left.

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.

The Lions held Ohio State, which had been averaging 54.5 points and 599 yards, to 14 points until the fourth quarter. Then Ohio State responded with two scores to take the lead with two minutes left. Penn State never would have had a chance to pick up that second first down had it not gotten the original pass interference call.

B-. Penn State's first-half defense was the best it played all season, generating pressure, making swarm-tackles and covering receivers. "We just didn't make the play", McSorley said.

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"We have gotten comfortable with being great", Franklin said after the game.

"That sideline was not giving up", Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said.

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.

Did a late defeat to Ohio State hurt the Nittany Lions' biggest hopes for the year? They have managed to play quite well despite the loss of defensive end Nick Bosa, who is out for at least another month with an abdominal injury.

The largest crowd in Penn State history - 110,889 - stood quiet and deflated following the play. Miles Sanders was quiet with 43 yards on 16 carries and Juwan Johnson and Brandon Polk were inconsistent catching the ball beyond Juwan's fantastic one-handed grab.

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. 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. He ran 10 more yards to the 1, then Miles Sanders scored from a yard out, and PSU led 26-14 with 8 minutes left after missing the two-point conversion.

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

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