No atmosphere will ever match the White Out in State College, Pennsylvania with 110,000 people screaming at the top of their lungs for three consecutive hours.
"We obviously didn't make the right call in that situation, and that's on me, nobody else", Franklin said. "We didn't finish the game the way we should have finished the game".
It wasn't until the first drive of the fourth quarter that Penn State really attacked the middle of the field with good runs by McSorley, another big catch by Hamler and a couple of good runs by Miles Sanders.
Sanders had done very little all night, finishing with 43 yards on 16 carries.
Unsurprisingly, players defended their coaches after the game. "We will no longer be comfortable being great".
Instead, for the second straight season, Ohio State made a fourth-quarter rally from a double-digit deficit. Some went so far as to say it was the worst Penn State playcall since Joe Paterno made a decision to attempt a field goal on Alabama's 1-yard line in 1989.
"It's tough because we lost by a point two years in a row", Sanders said.
After that, all Ohio State had to do was take a knee and let the clock run out. On two screen passes, Dobbins gained 35 yards and Parris Campbell picked up 14. And here's where it's insane because he still Haskins finished 7-of-10 for 138 yards and the game-winning 24-yard touchdown to K.J. Hill with 2:03 remaining. It stopped Penn State in its tracks and got it out of a rhythm.
But Young then sacked him for a 4-yard loss.
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McSorley kept PSU's hopes alive as he scrambled for 9 yards, setting up fourth-and-5 at the 39. Ohio State has awful memories of the White Out after Penn State blocked and returned a field goal for a touchdown in 2016, sealing the biggest win in James Franklin's career. They ran a twist and were able to get into the backfield quickly, and we weren't able to pick up that twist. "They did a little stunt with Chase".
And it all ended on a highly suspect fourth-down playcall by Penn State that made little sense and hammered the final nail in the coffin for the Lions.
Ohio State kept the chains moving, getting balance throwing and running the ball, and faced third-and-5 at the PSU 24.
"The reality is that we've gone from being an average football team to a good football team to a great football team and worked really hard to do those things", Franklin said.
Penn State is off next week before hosting No. 21 Michigan State on October 13.
Ohio State took a big step toward winning the Big Ten East Division and maybe more with a 27-26 win over Penn State on Saturday night, something that looked improbable if not impossible when the Nittany Lions took a 26-14 lead with eight minutes left in the game. Then Ohio State called a timeout. He showed no signs of being caught up in the moment and seemed like an upgrade from Big Ten career touchdown leader, J.T. Barrett, who he replaced this year as the starter.
"We played the way we needed to play".
Tuf Borland stripped the ball from Sanders, and Dre'Mont Jones recovered at the Lions' 25. Then Ohio State responded with two scores to take the lead with two minutes left. The play was there to be made; we just didn't make the play. Miles Sanders was quiet with 43 yards on 16 carries and Juwan Johnson and Brandon Polk were inconsistent catching the ball beyond Juwan's incredible one-handed grab. Hamler who outraced the Buckeyes' defense and raced it 93 yards for a touchdown. The Nittany Lions could not gain a first down, and Pinegar's 39-yard field goal pushed the lead to 6-0.
Ohio State defensive end Jonathon Cooper spoke to the media after the instant classic to talk about the resiliency of the Buckeye defense. Sophomore Dwayne Haskins has put up some big numbers in the Buckeyes' first four games, completing 75.7 percent of his passes for 1,194 yards and 16 touchdowns.
"It's not going to happen again", Franklin said.