Ohio State rally stuns Penn State

Ohio State rally stuns Penn State

With the playclock at two seconds, McSorley barely got the snap off and Sanders was hit nearly instantly by Ohio State's Chase Young for a two-yard loss. McSorley ran twice for 19 yards to set up Sanders' 1-yard touchdown, which made it 26-14 with 8:00 left.

Ohio State (5-0, 2-0) began its comeback when Haskins threw a high pass that was pulled in by receiver Victor Binjimen, who then zigzagged his way through defenders for a 47-yard TD to pull the Buckeyes within 26-21 with 6:42 to go.

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. That, as Franklin eluded to, was an example of the Buckeyes getting their athletes in space and letting them make plays.

Sanders had done very little all night, finishing with 43 yards on 16 carries. Yes, but there is a lot of football still to come and plenty to evaluate as Penn State keeps plugging away in the Big Ten.

"We obviously didn't make the right call in that situation". Penn State's defense was doing everything asked of it and more for most of the game. Once again with a great chance to take control of the game, Penn State again couldn't muster anything more than a glancing blow. Ohio State outgained Penn State by almost 100 yards to close things out.

Ohio State fans surely aren't happy with this.

"That sideline was not giving up", Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said. "We probably shouldn't have given up a touchdown with that sudden change (Sanders' fumble in the second quarter)".

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The Lions had taken a 13-0 lead with the help of big plays.

He finished the game 22-of-39 passing for 270 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.

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.

But a fumble by Sanders on the first play after the seventh punt set Ohio State up at the Nittany Lions' 25-yard line with 2:32 left in the first half. Haskins completed just 7-of-16 passes for 62 yards after beginning the game completing 76 percent of his passes. But then Ohio State's offense responded with the right answers at the right time, something Penn State was unable to do.

The Penn State head coach seems to think the loss will bring out the best in Penn State moving forward.

Instead that one point, for the second straight year against the Buckeyes, looks like a motivational burr in the saddle for Penn State and like a championship confidence boost for Ohio State.

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