The Ohio State vs. Penn State was filled with referee errors, but it was the overtime win that decided the game.
The Ohio Buckeyes’ Big Ten title hopes remain intact with the seven-point victory, according to The Bleach Report. It’s another close loss for Penn State, but head coach James Franklin has his team trending in the right direction. If not for Ohio State’s run offense, the Buckeyes would have likely suffered their second loss of the season.
The Ohio State vs. Penn State game also surprised Joey Bosa because his teammates had to tell the defensive tackle that he’d just finished off with a sack in the second overtime. The sack on a fourth-and-5 play gave the No. 13 Buckeyes a 31-24 victory Saturday night. Bosa told ESPN that he was the last to know.
“I was so tired I didn’t even know it was a sack … The guys started hugging me and I just went to the ground. This might have been a double-overtime win, but it doesn’t make it any less important, winning in a crazy environment like this.”
Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett had two touchdown runs in overtime after Penn State overcame a 17-0 deficit to tie it. Nittany Lions coach James Franklin said:
“There are no moral victories at Penn State … There never will be.”
The Buckeyes (6-1, 3-0 Big Ten) built a 17-0 lead and were cruising during the Ohio State vs. Penn State game when Nittany Lions’ defensive tackle Anthony Zettel intercepted Barrett’s pass and returned it 40 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.
Barrett, who was playing with a slight knee sprain suffered in the first half, now has accounted for 27 TDs this season, and his 21 TD passes rank sixth in school single-season history, according to the NFL.
Christian Hackenberg threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Saeed Blacknall early in the fourth, and Nittany Lions (4-3, 1-3) tied it on Sam Ficken’s 31-yard field goal with 9 seconds left in the Ohio State vs. Penn State game.
“It comes down to execution … Consistently, we executed better in the second half. There’s still a little bit of inconsistency there. I think we picked that up and that allowed us to get things going.”
Hackenberg finished 31-of-49 for 224 yards and a touchdown.
In the first Ohio State vs. Penn State overtime, Nittany Lions’ tailback Bill Belton took a direct snap from the Wildcat formation and scored on a 1-yard run. The Buckeyes countered when Barrett carried two straight times, the first for 17 yards and the second 5 yards for a touchdown. Ohio entered the game ranked 13th after rebounding from a loss to Virginia Tech in the second game, the Galion Inquirer notes.