Penn State WR Just Made The Catch Of The Year

With the playclock at two seconds, McSorley barely got the snap off and Sanders was hit nearly instantly by Ohio State's Chase Young for a two-yard loss.

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.

Ohio State defensive end Jonathon Cooper spoke to the media after the instant classic to talk about the resiliency of the Buckeye defense. "The work that it's going to take to get to an elite program is going to be just as hard as the ground and the distance that we've already traveled".

Sanders had done very little all night, finishing with 43 yards on 16 carries. McSorley found tight end Pat Freiermuth for a 27-yard completion to the Ohio State 48.

After the game, Penn State coach James Franklin got wind of that criticism when he walked past a group of fans at Beaver Stadium.

The Buckeyes were fortunate that Penn State could put only 13 points on the scoreboard in the first half. There's gonna be mistakes, you can't play a ideal game.

After that, all Ohio State had to do was take a knee and let the clock run out. On another fourth-and-5 play on the OSU 37-yard line, earlier in the fourth quarter, Penn State opted to punt. He deserves it. In a losing effort, McSorley accounted for 461 of Penn State's 496 yards of offense. Penn State's KJ Hamler is one of the fastest players in college football, and routinely makes the defense look foolish, including this instance. Both offenses took some time to get rolling, in a low-scoring first quarter, but the Nittany Lions got on the board first with a field goal that was set up by one of the best catches of the year.

"One of the great drives in Ohio State history", Meyer called it.

The teams traded three-and-outs over their next two possessions until Penn State moved from its own 38 to the Ohio State 24, when Franklin eschewed another Pinegar field goal to try a 4th-and-1, but Chase Young batted down McSorley's pass, and Ohio State's 14-13 lead held heading into the fourth quarter. But then Ohio State's offense responded with the right answers at the right time, something Penn State was unable to do. He ran 10 more yards to the 1, then Miles Sanders scored from a yard out, and PSU led 26-14 with 8 minutes left after missing the two-point conversion.

Instead that one point, for the second straight year against the Buckeyes, looks like a motivational burr in the saddle for Penn State and like a championship confidence boost for Ohio State.

Penn State controlled the first half and outgained Ohio State 293-93, but a costly turnover swung the momentum in the Buckeyes' favor.

  • Stacy Allen