It was fourth-and-5 at the OSU 43-yard line with just over a minute left - right after the Buckeyes had fought back to take a 27-26 lead - when the stop of the season occurred. The team that has won this contest the last two years went on to win the Big Ten.
Dwayne Haskins threw two touchdown passes in the final seven minutes as No. 4 Ohio State wiped out a 12-point deficit to beat No. 9 Penn State 27-26 Saturday night in another wild game between the Big Ten powerhouses.
Ohio State amassed a grand total of 20 yards in the first quarter, 3 rushing yards, 17 passing yards. "There was a time, now, you looked up and saw those white pom-poms and that whole deal and thought that was over". Trace McSorley had runs of 51 and 23 yards up the middle and KJ Hamler set a Penn State record with a 93-yard touchdown reception down the seam.
The record-breaking crowd of 110,889 at Beaver Stadium was rocking, singing along to "Sweet Caroline" and "Livin' on a Prayer". "And they were able to get to Miles when he got the handoff". Eight total points. The difference, James Franklin said, between a great program and an elite program. "I'm not a negative guy".
"They changed looks, so we called a timeout and had some discussions", Franklin said. Haskins and his pass-catchers were far better after the break, with Binjimen Victor playing Frogger during a 47-yard touchdown catch.
"Our defense played great for three quarters", Franklin said.
Yet, because Penn State loves to stretch the field horizontally, the Nittany Lions would run sweeps and quick swing passes to the outside directly after many of their big gains.
After his team got drilled at MI one week ago, he said: "We get a game that we can win next week". The run game is being led by the duo of J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber, who have combined for 622 yards and five touchdowns.
Tonight will be the ninth time Ohio State and Penn State meet as top-10 opponents, with Ohio State coming in as the number four team in the country, and the Nittany Lions ranked ninth. Haskins hit K.J.
"That sideline was not giving up", Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said. It would have indicated that Penn State is no longer a recruiting class away but is in fact already here.
"We should have called something different there", Franklin admitted.
Ohio State's J.K. Dobbins (2) is lifted up by teammate Thayer Munford (75) after scoring against Penn State during the second half of an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa., Saturday.
"Trace played a phenomenal game", wide receiver Juwan Johnson said. That was fine, but then he needed to be restrained from approaching the fan, who said: "I love you, but that's a bad call". Penalties and a propensity to give up long gains continue to dog Ohio State.
On the same field where former OSU defensive end Joey Bosa once ended a two-overtime game in 2014 with a shove sack, and in the same manner his younger brother Nick was making plays this season before suffering a core muscle injury, the Buckeyes' defensive front stepped up again Saturday night against Penn State. The Nittany Lions can still think conference title and College Football Playoff, but their road will be tough with games remaining against No. 21 Michigan State, No. 15 Wisconsin and No. 14 Michigan still left. And no tiebreaker against the Buckeyes in the East Division.