Says Yahoo Sports:
For more than 50 minutes on Saturday night, No. 9 Penn State outplayed and outclassed No. 4 Ohio State, building a 12-point fourth-quarter lead behind a blitz-happy defense and the verve and guile of precocious quarterback Trace McSorley. For most of the night, Penn State’s performance managed to match its scintillating surroundings.
Then everything unraveled in a devastating spiral that abruptly ended the party for the 110,889 at Beaver Stadium on Saturday night. Imagine a phalanx of cops showing up at the high school party of the year. Or a stink bomb at the symphony. Or a fire alarm at the monastery. The air got ShopVac’d out of Beaver Stadium in the fourth quarter almost faster than the second-guessing could begin. And James Franklin went home with a whopping migraine of regret, knowing Penn State squandered a signature victory for the program.
Ohio State escaped with a 27-26 victory that ended with a dizzying flurry, minting it the best game so far in this college football season. More than 100,000 white-clad fans left muttering about Penn State’s play call on fourth-and-5 from the Ohio State 45-yard line with 1:16 remaining that essentially ended the game. And started the head-scratching.
After calling two timeouts to get the right play, Penn State ran a zone-read play that took the ball out of McSorley’s hands and put it in the gut of tailback Miles Sanders. He was swallowed whole by Ohio State’s Chase Young two yards behind the line of scrimmage, and the generations of second-guessing in Centre County began moments after.
“We obviously didn’t make the right call in that situation, and that’s on me, nobody else,” Franklin said. “Obviously, it didn’t work.”