PSU Has Mulled Situational QB Play

No. 1 Ohio State used different quarterbacks in different situations with much success in a win over the Nittany Lions last weekend. PSU coach James Franklin said he has considered using the tactic, but admitted his personnel is much different than what the Buckeyes bring to the field.

In beating Penn State 38-10 last weekend, Ohio State actually used three different men at quarterback — starter Cardale Jones, backup/red-zone threat J.T. Barrett and Wildcat QB Braxton Miller.

The results? Not much passing yardage (114), but a pair of passing TDs as well as 315 rushing yards and three more scores on the ground. The Buckeyes scored five touchdowns on six red-zone trips

The Lions, meanwhile, had 195 rushing yards, but QB Christian Hackenberg managed to complete only 7 of 13 passes for 120 yards. PSU made three trips into the red zone but got only one TD and one field goal out of them.

So has Penn State coach James Franklin considered doing some situatuonal QB subbing of his own, perhaps using a Wildcart or the more mobile Trace McSorley in the red zone in place of Hackenberg?

We asked Franklin that question after practice Wednesday.

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