Three takeaways from Ohio State's win over Penn State

That field position was short lived; a Dobbins screen for 35 yards put Ohio State near the 40, and gains of 11 and 14 yards pushed the Buckeyes near the 30, setting up a go-head scoring toss from Haskins to K.J.

After having almost 10 minutes to come up with a play to convert the fourth-and-5, one had to like Penn State's chances.

One thing was clear through three quarters Saturday: when the Nittany Lions made big plays, they came toward the middle of the field.

Haskins connected with Binjimen Victor, who weaved and slipped through tacklers for a 47-yard touchdown catch and run that cut it to 26-21 with 6:42 left. Parris Campbell caught 7 passes for 60 yards and K.J. Hill had 6 catches for 59 yards.

Dobbins wound up with 118 yards in total offense.

Sanders said the call never changed even in between the timeouts.

The Buckeyes are 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a win of more than 20 points, but 37-16 ATS in their last 53 games on grass.

"We came out and tried to get them to jump a little bit and see if we could get them to move", said McSorley, explaining the second timeout. "We should have finished the game".

Ohio State's K.J. Hill (14) runs in for a touchdown after a catch against Penn State during the second half of an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa., Saturday.

On the same field where former OSU defensive end Joey Bosa once ended a two-overtime game in 2014 with a shove sack, and in the same manner his younger brother Nick was making plays this season before suffering a core muscle injury, the Buckeyes' defensive front stepped up again Saturday night against Penn State. Then Ohio State responded with two scores to take the lead with two minutes left. Ohio State reasoned Penn State would run a zone-read option to the weak side, the right side, involving quarterback Track McSorley, who already had set a school record for total offense in the game, and running back Miles Sanders.

"We played pretty well", said linebacker Jan Johnson, the former Gov. Mifflin standout who made five tackles.

"I know exactly what coach Rahne saw", McSorley said. "It was a crucial moment". "We didn't think they were going to be set and could get a hole up in the middle and crease them".

"It was the coaches' decision, and I agree with the call".

Penn State opened the season with a bit of a scare at home against Appalachian State. A slate of games against Iowa, Michigan State and Wisconsin will give the Nittany Lions plenty of chances to pick up quality wins, not to mention a trip to Ann Arbor not too far around the corner.

Tuf Borland stripped the ball from Sanders, and Dre'Mont Jones recovered at the Lions' 25.

"It's hard, because you're coming into an environment you've never been in before", Jones said. "I'm not a negative guy".

Early in the second quarter, Garrett Taylor intercepted a pass off the hands of tight end Rashod Berry and returned it 45 yards to the Buckeyes' 28. That was fine, but then he needed to be restrained from approaching the fan, who said: "I love you, but that's a bad call".

While he eventually got off a few booming punts, Blake Gillikin wasn't his usual self for much of the game with a few less than stellar punts. This is Ohio State.


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