Our report card from Penn State's eye-opening upset of No. 2 Ohio State at Beaver Stadium Saturday night.
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Not even the most ardent fans thought the Nittany Lions had much of a shot in this one. They proved everyone wrong. Another example where the collective grade here is based on the result, and not the sum of the individual parts.
The way this game unfolded, the offense had to make a few big plays and not turn over the ball. In that regard, it took care of business.
This unit gave up a lot of yards. However, it held the Buckeye offense to less than half of its average point output for the year. And that was with PSU giving up a safety and field goal following special teams’ blunders.
Penn State’s special teams seemed to provide the highlight moments for both sides. In the end, though, the Lions got two huge plays when the game was on the line.
James Franklin and company convinced the Lions they could win. The players did just that.
Penn State never looked outclassed in this game.
Urban Meyer outcoached? His offense piled up yards but could not translate them into points, despite committing no turnovers and dominating time of possession. His defense could never throw the knockout punch. And his special teams imploded at the end.
I know you’re going to gripe about this. I know OSU could have been flagged for holding about 30 times. But check out the final penalty numbers (Buckeyes eight for 45 yards, Lions one for five yards).
You had to be on the field late in the fourth quarter to understand how much of an impact the crowd made. Unreal job.