Penn State falls to Ohio State 39-38 in Columbus after holding a 35-20 lead early in the 4th quarter. Penn State falls to 7-1 and looks like the odd man out in the Big Ten title picture. The Nittany Lions don’t have long to think about this loss, they travel to East Lansing next Saturday for a matchup with Michigan State.
Penn State continued its string of hot starts with a 97 yard kick return for a touchdown by Saquon Barkley on the first play of the game at Ohio State. The return was Barkley’s second of the season and gave Penn State a 7-0 lead.
Penn State’s fortune continued when Koa Farmer recovered an Ohio State fumble on the Buckeyes next possession. Trace McSorley would capitalize on the takeaway finding DaeSean Hamilton for a 13 yard touchdown to give Penn State a 14-0 lead just minutes into the game.
Penn State’s season long 1st quarter shut out streak ended with 4:38 left in the first quarter when Ohio State hit a field goal to make it a 14-3 game. But on Ohio State’s next trip to the redzone area, the Penn State defense held strong on a 4th and 8 to force a turnover on downs as the quarter expired.
2nd quarter Barkley continued to add to his Heisman Trophy reel. A 36 yard touchdown with a tight rope scamper along the sideline gave Penn State a 21-3 lead.
Ohio State got themselves back into the game when J.T. Barrett found Terry McLaurin over the middle for a 14 yard touchdown. The score was set up by a 36 yard reception by Austin Mack. Penn State’s lead cut to 21-10.
Following the touchdown Ohio State sabotaged itself on the kickoff. An offsides forced a re-kick that Koa Farmer returned into Ohio State territory. A pass interference penalty set up Penn State in the redzone. Trace McSorley took a read option up the right side and into the endzone to give the Nittany Lions a 28-10 lead with just over 8:00 left in the second quarter.
Ohio State responded with a 10 play 75 yard drive capped off by a Mike Weber run. The Buckeyes cut the lead to 28-17. Penn State takes that lead into halftime.
Ohio State drives down the field and gets a field goal to open the half. Penn State leads 28-20.
Penn State responds with a touchdown that was originally ruled an interception. Trace McSorley threw a pass deep to Deandre Thompkins who wrestled with Denzel Ward for the football. On review the officials ruled touchdown Penn State giving the Nittany Lions a 35-20 lead.
About a minute into the 4th quarter JT Barrett fumbles a read option exchange near midfield. The ball is recovered by Penn State’s Shareef Miller.
Penn State goes three and out and on the punt attempt, Denzel Ward blocks Blake Gilliken’s punt. And Ohio State regains possession. The Buckeyes capitalize with a JT Barrett touchdown pass to Johnnie Dixon, Ohio State trails 35-27.
Penn State answers with a 10 play 64 yard drive taking 5:23 off the clock. The Tyler Davis field goal makes it a 38-27 game.
Ohio State responds with a 5 play drive capped off by a Barrett TD pass to Dixon. 2-point conversion no good Penn State’s lead down to 38-33.
Penn State goes 3 and out. Barrett leads a 5 play 58 yard drive finding Marcus Baugh for the go ahead touchdown. Two point conversion fails, but Ohio State takes a 39-38 lead.
Penn State gets the ball with 1:45 to play. Trace McSorley’s pass falls incomplete on 4th and 15. Ohio State runs out the clock to win the game 39-38.