The Wolverines' front seven is spectacular, and Shea Patterson showed impressive mobility on a nine-yard scramble on a third-and-6 midway through the fourth quarter. The latter is the number usually worn by fifth-year senior running back Mark Allen, who was lost for the season to injury a week earlier in a win at IL.
McSorley completed 16-of-32 passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns and carried 25 times for 175 yards, the most rushing yards by a Penn State quarterback since 1913.
The teams traded three-and-outs over their next two possessions until Penn State moved from its own 38 to the Ohio State 24, when Franklin eschewed another Pinegar field goal to try a 4th-and-1, but Chase Young batted down McSorley's pass, and Ohio State's 14-13 lead held heading into the fourth quarter. Penn State fans rode an elevator somberly.
Through the lens of Belichick's "think players not plays" philosophy, it's obvious what Penn State should have done. There was a smiling, understated but blatantly satisfied Urban Meyer and a fiery, furiously restless James Franklin. Then Ohio State called a timeout. His loss of accuracy while on the run was jarring, as was the inability of his receivers to catch routing grabs in the first half. But give credit to our opponent. "It's just rallying as a team, as a unit and realize that we have to get the job done". Hats off to the defense.
There was a stark contrast in the post-game press conferences of the head coaches following Ohio State's 27-26 win over Penn State at Beaver Stadium. "We didn't make plays when we needed to make plays".
The teams traded three and outs after that, until Garrett Taylor intercepted a Haskins pass and returned it 45 yards to the Ohio State 28. J.K. Dobbins rushed for 57 yards on 17 carries.
The final drive featured the screen to Dobbins, an 11-yard run by Mike Weber, a 14-yard inside screen catch-and-run by Parris Campbell and the 24-yarder to Hill. Penn State outgained Ohio State by 200 yards before the break. Penn State never would have had a chance to pick up that second first down had it not gotten the original pass interference call. Since then, the Nittany Lions have won three straight, all by almost 40 points or more.
Later in the second, with Penn State backed up near its end zone, McSorley hit Hamler on a slant pass. Hamler then sprinted through and past the Ohio State defense for a 93-yard touchdown, the second-longest in school history.
The Nittany Lions made it 26-14 on Sanders' 1-yard touchdown run. A stunning, jaw-dropping sequence of events that left Penn State reeling in the realm of what could - and probably should - have been.
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.
This game also has major implications for the College Football Playoffs.
"Trace played a phenomenal game", wide receiver Juwan Johnson said.
Haskins connected 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.
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