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

Key stats should make bettors wary of Buckeyes

Key stats should make bettors wary of Buckeyes

The Penn State report card following its 27-26 loss to Ohio State on Saturday at Beaver Stadium.

Ohio State took a big step toward winning the Big Ten East Division and maybe more with a 27-26 win over Penn State on Saturday night, something that looked improbable if not impossible when the Nittany Lions took a 26-14 lead with eight minutes left in the game.

After a good gain by Sanders on third and long set up a 4th and 1 at Ohio State's 24-yard line, Penn State tried to go fast without substituting so it could run a play. Ohio State has terrible memories of the White Out after Penn State blocked and returned a field goal for a touchdown in 2016, sealing the biggest win in James Franklin's career. This grade is hurt really by two separate but similar things: the Nittany Lions going 3-of-17 on third down, and a failure to finish early drives with points in the first half. Ohio State had four drives of 30 or more yards.

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. For the second time in September, the Buckeyes allowed a 93-yard touchdown, this time on a slant pass from McSorley to K.J. Hamler in the second quarter to make it 13-0.

Penn State is off next week before hosting No. 21 Michigan State on October 13.

The decision to run the ball on fourth down after each team had taken a timeout instead of relying on quarterback Trace McSorley was widely criticized and second-guessed by fans and media alike. Mixing runs and passes, the Buckeyes worked their way into Penn State territory.

B-. Penn State's first-half defense was the best it played all season, generating pressure, making swarm-tackles and covering receivers.

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.

The largest crowd in Penn State history - 110,889 - stood quiet and deflated following the play.

Ohio State moved near midfield on the ensuing possession, and Urban Meyer elected to go for a 4th-and-1 at the Penn State 48, and a Haskins keeper was stuffed. Ohio State's defense held Penn State to just a field goal despite the huge play.

Offensively, Ohio State is putting up 54.5 points and 599 yards per game. Sanders finished the game with 16 carries for 43 yards. McSorley would then have his pass knocked down and the ball was turned over on downs.

Haskins closed the night hitting 22-of-39 passes for 270 yards with three touchdowns and an interception, while Dobbins and Weber combined to gain 174 yards on 29 total touches.

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