Pinned near their own end zone, it appeared Penn State was ready to give Ohio State good field position when facing a 3rd-and-5 from their own 7, but it was then that the Nittany Lions finally landed a knockdown punch - a slant to freshman K.J.
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Penn State recorded its first loss at Beaver Stadium since November 21, 2015 on Saturday evening. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 69.5 points.
26 points, almost 500 yards of offense against Ohio State are hard things to ignore.
We hate to see any of this in college football, but it's one of the dangers of the game. It stopped Penn State in its tracks and got it out of a rhythm. That's not a list of powerhouse teams, but the Nittany Lions have dominated none the less. PSU is 4-0 overall, 1-0 in the Big Ten, 3-1 against the spread while hitting the over in all four games. A stunning, jaw-dropping sequence of events that left Penn State reeling in the realm of what could - and probably should - have been.
PSU is putting up an impressive 55.5 points and 514.5 yards per game on offense this season. They outgained OSU 293 yards to 93 yards. McSorley then connected with tight end Pat Freiermuth on a two-yard touchdown pass in the end zone. His longest catch was for 19 yards, and this blew that out of the water. Before the next play, Ohio State was called for a false start. A slate of games against Iowa, Michigan State and Wisconsin will give the Nittany Lions plenty of chances to pick up quality wins, not to mention a trip to Ann Arbor not too far around the corner. The Buckeyes have also covered the spread in five of their last six games.More news: China meddling with United States midterm elections, Donald Trump tell UN Security Council
Armed with three timeouts, Penn State moved to the Ohio State 43, when, after a sack, McSorley gained nine yards on a 3rd-and-14 to set up a decisive 4th-and-5 with 1:22 to play. Dwayne Haskins has led the offense by throwing for 1,194 yards and 16 touchdowns with just one interceptions.
The drive was capped by a 24-yard touchdown to K.J. Hill in which the receiver made a handsome move on a wide bubble screen, benefiting from a block by Terry McLaurin. 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.
This game should definitely live up to the hype.
Penn State: The victor of this game has won the Big Ten the past two seasons. The spreads were bigger than three points, though. Penn State immediately lost 13 yards on a swing pass trying to set up a trick play. That game should help in a tough environment at Happy Valley.
The Penn State defense didn't even allow the Buckeyes to gain a first down in their next drive. While PSU could start fast, I look for the Buckeyes to pull away late and cover this spread.