After that game, it is really hard to give it to anyone for Ohio State. However, Sam Hubbard played a solid game for the Buckeyes. While he did not record a tackle for loss or a sack, Hubbard constantly got pressure on the Nittany Lions quarterback and was constantly in the backfield. That said, had Ohio State won this game, it probably would have gone to J.T. Barrett who made a few plays that put the Buckeyes in a position to win. Unfortunately for OSU, constant pressure in his face and a shocking inability to run the football cost the Buckeyes in this one.
Wow. Who do I give my Buckeye Leaf to? In this first half I was considering Tyler Durbin because at one point he was responsible for half of Ohio State’s points. But then there were the miscues on field goals and extra points. Cam Johnston was going to be another choice because of how well he was punting the ball, but he bobbled a couple holds on field goals and extra points, which turned out to be crucial. I’m going with Curtis Samuel because of how efficient he was. He only had two rushes but took one 74 yards for a touchdown and had 142 yards of total offense.
Well, not too many Ohio State players will be pleased with their performance against Penn State, and that's totally fair. But, a couple guys actually played pretty decent, especially on defense. For me, defensive end Sam Hubbard was an impact player. He finished the game with six total tackles, and he was disruptive at some key moments for the Buckeye defense. He never got to Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley, though, as the signal caller proved slippery throughout the game. Hubbard wasn't happy when he came out for a postgame interview, comparing the loss to Michigan State last season, but he can at least feel that he did his part for the team.