#PSUvsOSU: The Low Five

It was an ugly road game in terms of football and sportsmanship in Columbus as Penn State fell 63-14 to Ohio State.

Nearly 19 years to the day (10/29/94) where Penn State handed Ohio State a 63-14 loss, Penn State was handed one of its worst losses in history by the same score in Columbus, where the previously won two of the last three contests. But this one had a myriad of lows.


Cough Ups: Staring with what was looking like an solid opening drive but was killed with an endzone interception, turnovers quickly caused the game to get out of hand for PSU with two interceptions from Christian Hackenberg and Zach Zwinak's eighth fumble in 13 games.

Second Place: The man coverage for PSU's secondary was inadequate to handle Ohio State's speed, particularly with the massive gaps and cushions they were giving the Buckeye receivers.

Drop Outs: Penn State's receivers and tight ends dropped a slew of passes that hit them in the hands and numbers. Inexcusable in a game of this magnitude given the impact to drives.

Clock Management: It was not a stellar night all-around for Hackenberg, which was not all his fault. However, his mental clock still runs long, resulting in inopportune sacks which kill drives.

Lost Lines: PSU's lines largely got manhandled throughout the night, particularly the defensive line who got sealed on big runs and pushed around on big plays.


Class Dismissed: If the Big Ten wants their typical "sportsmanship" or "integrity" ads to have any semblance of credibility they are well-advised to lose Urban Meyer as a participant. Challenging a first down while ahead by a mere 42 points revealed the coach's true colors. Oh, sure, his "I have a lot of respect for Penn State" comment at the end of the game sounded endearing, but actions declare one's integrity much clearer than hollow airtime words.


IT'S OVER: Simply put the game is over. That in itself is a high point of this one.

LEAD DOG: Given Zwinak's issues and misplaced use as a lead runner, the shift to Bill Belton was a positive one as he picked up 98 yards on 22 carries (4.5 YPC) and seemingly made the case for being the lead man for PSU's run game.

CATCH IT: Despite Brad Nessler commenting regularly about Allen Robinson not showing up in this one, he walked away with 12 catches for 173 yards and a monster touchdown run. Not too bad a day.

THIRD TIME: We may be reaching, but Penn State was dramatically improved on third downs in this game, hitting the 50 percent mark, going eight for 16 on the night, dramatically better than where they have been.

Z-MAN: One guy who played tough on defense and stood out was defensive lineman Anthony Zettel. His motor never quit and he had some key tackles for loss leading to some rare OSU punts.


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