Handing Out The Grades Following A 27-26 Loss To Ohio State

Handing Out The Grades Following A 27-26 Loss To Ohio State

Handing Out The Grades Following A 27-26 Loss To Ohio State

In addition to the AP Poll, Penn State slid two spots to No. 11 in this week's Coaches' Poll.

Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins was one of the early front-runners for the Heisman Trophy after the first four games.

Unsurprisingly, players defended their coaches after the game.

Ohio State fans surely aren't happy with this. A stunning, jaw-dropping sequence of events that left Penn State reeling in the realm of what could - and probably should - have been. 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. Ultimately, the Buckeyes have more speed and talent all around than Penn State in my opinion. It especially seemed that way on the following drive when Ohio State penetrated to the Penn State 16, but the Nittany Lions forced a Sean Nuernberger 33-yard field goal, but that score was wiped off the board due to a face mask call and Nuernberger's ensuing 48-yard try was no good.

Penn State hasn't faced a team anywhere near the level of Ohio State yet, while the Buckeyes had a big game with TCU a few weeks ago. Some went so far as to say it was the worst Penn State playcall since Joe Paterno made a decision to attempt a field goal on Alabama's 1-yard line in 1989. 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.

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Offensively, Ohio State is putting up 54.5 points and 599 yards per game. This was an improbable win for the Buckeyes and the fellas try to put what they just saw into some semblance of listenable words. Hill from 24 yards out. They turned the ball over on downs and lost by a point, 27-26. He called the 96-yard drive for the winning touchdown "one of the great drives in Ohio State history". A targeting penalty on the Buckeyes added 15 more yards and knocked Hamler out of the game.

Haskins completed 22-of-39 passes for 270 yards and three touchdowns with one interception.

Everybody tried to process how these two giants had continued to collaborate on some of the most dramatic annual football theater extant, and how No. 9 Penn State had gathered itself a 26-14 lead with eight minutes left largely through quarterback Trace McSorley's lofty knowhow and statistical records, then how No. 4 Ohio State had won 27-26 after both a comeback and a strand of 2017 rerun - in a different setting, with some different actors.

The Buckeyes will now be heavily favored in every game through the rest of the regular season, while Penn State will need Ohio State to lose twice to move atop the Big Ten East.

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