Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Ohio State Buckeyes, 9/29/18 Predictions

Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Ohio State Buckeyes, 9/29/18 Predictions

Maybe it was adjustments or exhausted legs or both, but the wheels slowly fell off in the fourth quarter as Penn State's biggest demons, open-field tackling, and a sudden inability to defend the screen, led to two pivotal Ohio State scoring drives. McSorley, meanwhile, completed 16-of-32 passes for 286 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions while rushing 25 times for 175 yards, a school record for a modern-day Penn State quarterback.

The Buckeyes were favored by three points on the road, but most expected a competitive, evenly matched game. The Nittany Lions took a 13-0 lead.

On Ohio State's ensuing possession, linebacker Koa Farmer made a huge stop on fourth-and-1 at the PSU 48, stuffing quarterback Dwayne Haskins at the line of scrimmage for no gain. 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. The Buckeyes managed to put together drives of 75 and 96 yards in the final minutes of the game to earn a hard-fought victory.

In a matchup between the two highest-scoring teams in the country, the defenses dominated the action for three quarters.

Ohio State's Binjimen Victor weaved through the Nittany Lion defense to score a miraculous 47-yard touchdown with 6:42 to play in the fourth quarter.

Penn State marched to the Ohio State 37 on its next series but couldn't keep the drive going long enough. Rough night for punter Blake Gillikin, who had kicks of 19 and 36 yards. Urban Meyer, however, did in the second half as he ran the ball with J.K. Dobbins more and had Haskins throw quick screens out to his wide receivers.


"They got their athletes in space in the fourth quarter", Franklin said, "and we didn't do a good job in space with them".

Ohio State kept the chains moving, getting balance throwing and running the ball, and faced third-and-5 at the PSU 24.

The Buckeyes finally got on the board two plays later when Haskins hit J.K. Dobbins on a screen pass, who carried it 26 yards for a touchdown with 1:50 to go before the break.

Penn State outgained Ohio State 492-389. Following an incredible catch from Juwan Johnson, the Nittany Lions settled for a field goal to take a 3-0 lead with 4:58 to play in the quarter.

Things got weird at that point. He came into the confrontation thinking he was the only player standing in the way of a Penn State touchdown. But then Ohio State's offense responded with the right answers at the right time, something Penn State was unable to do. Then Penn State called another timeout.

B-. Penn State's first-half defense was the best it played all season, generating pressure, making swarm-tackles and covering receivers. But with the game hanging in the balance on fourth-and-5 with 1:20 left, the play called for McSorley to hand it off to Sanders in the backfield.

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