With it's big win over Penn State, on the road, in a prime-time white out affair, Ohio State leap frogged Clemson to take over the No. 3 spot. The furious rotations that were a staple of the first four weeks were less frequent, and the defense had Ohio State on its heels until the problematic spurts, notably a poor fourth quarter featuring numerous missed tackles, showed up again.
Ohio State, No. 3 in the latest Coaches' Poll, is set to take on in next weekend. Ohio State doesn't claw its way back if the defense doesn't give Dwayne Haskins and the sputtering offense time to regroup against a dynamic and record-setting performance from Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley.
"Ultimate team sport. I couldn't do it without these guys".
"We obviously didn't make the right call in that situation, and that's on me, nobody else", Franklin said.
As Franklin was heading to the locker room following the defeat, a Penn State fan shouted something at him that he didn't like. I love my team, we're only going to get better. Penalties and a propensity to give up long gains continue to dog Ohio State. Penn State has hovered around its preseason ranking of No. 10 for the majority of this season, but fell to a season-low No. 13 ranking in week two. "Even though that plays happen and people break out, that's the game of football". And no tiebreaker against the Buckeyes in the East Division.
Penn State receiver Juwan Johnson, who has had an issue with drops the first month of the season, made what could go down as one of the best catches of the season in the first half.