James Franklin takes blame for late Penn State Nittany Lions miscue

Dwayne Haskins

Dwayne Haskins

Penn State wide receiver Juwan Johnson ran a go route down the left sideline when Trace McSorely threw up a jump ball into tight coverage. McSorley ran twice for 19 yards to set up Sanders' 1-yard touchdown, which made it 26-14 with 8:00 left.

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.

In a series that has turned on so many special teams plays, there is something to be said for this group not actually making any massive and critical errors, but it was a below average night, and ultimately that missed kicked hurt the cause as much as anything else did on Saturday night. "We didn't think they were going to be set and could get a hole up in the middle and crease them". He also rushed for 175 yards on 25 carries.

Young had a sack of McSorley to mute Penn State's momentum.

After the game, Penn State coach James Franklin got wind of that criticism when he walked past a group of fans at Beaver Stadium.

Frustration and disappointment were painted afterward on the faces of Penn State's players, who competed in front of an electric crowd Saturday night that had the stadium shaking 20 minutes before kickoff. Ohio State was only 4-of-17 on third down and 389 yards of offense was a modest result for this offense.

Ohio State survived one of the most hostile environments in the country and while the performance wasn't ideal, it was a flawless example of how a championship team responds to adversity. He said Victor's touchdown catch "changed everything".

Penn State leads a low-scoring affair thus far.

The Lions had taken a 13-0 lead with the help of big plays. Haskins completed just 7-of-16 passes for 62 yards after beginning the game completing 76 percent of his passes. Then Ohio State called a timeout.

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.

Linebacker Koa Farmer then stopped Haskins for no gain on fourth-and-1 at the Penn State 48, giving the Lions the football. The Buckeyes went 96 yards in the fourth quarter for the win. 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.

Ohio State took the ball to open the second half and sliced down the field, moving 75 yards in 13 plays to grab the lead, and it seemed like Haskins and company were finally back on track.

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