Twitter goes insane over James Franklin's playcalling with game on line

Posted October 01, 2018

PATRICK WAKSMUNSKI/Special to the Sun-Gazette Penn State's Juwan Johnson (84) makes a catch as Ohio State's Damon Arnette (3) defends during the first half in State College on Saturday.

Yet, because Penn State loves to stretch the field horizontally, the Nittany Lions would run sweeps and quick swing passes to the outside directly after many of their big gains. Ohio State won 27-26.

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.

"It's not going to happen again", Franklin said. "He put us in great position to win".

Penn State coach James Franklin was the most candid he's ever been after the loss. "Every single little thing matters".

Purdue coach Jeff Brohm said his team took note of that remark. "It's not good enough".

The Wolverines' front seven is spectacular, and Shea Patterson showed impressive mobility on a nine-yard scramble on a third-and-6 midway through the fourth quarter.

The lost 52-49 to USC in the 2016 Rose Bowl, blowing a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter.

Then, just like last year's meeting, it was gone. They had the best player - a legitimate Heisman Trophy contender in Trace McSorley, who played out of his mind - and a 12-point lead with only 8 minutes to go.

Four losses. By eight points.

"I'm ultimately responsible for all of it". "We didn't think they were going to be set and could get a hole up in the middle and crease them". I can honestly sit here and tell you that I haven't been as shocked by an individual Ohio State play since the "Hail Mary" win over Wisconsin at home in 2011. I'm not blaming the assistant coaches.

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McSorley and Penn State still had plenty of time left with 2:03 showing on the clock.

But it did. And the Lions, confident and surging for most of the night, froze up with an entire nation of college football fans watching.

Trace McSorley has himself a game with 286 yards through the air and 2 touchdowns, while rushing for another 175 yards. On the play, left guard Steven Gonzalez launched himself into Ohio State's second level, expecting Sanders to be behind him.

After both sides took timeouts, Penn State ran an inside zone run on fourth-and-five and got stuffed. 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. "I know exactly what the coaches saw". The play was there to be made. They ran a twist and were able to get into the backfield quickly, and we weren't able to pick up that twist.

"We're not an elite football team yet", Franklin said. Penn State stands atop the nation averaging 55.5 points per game after wins against App.

Ohio State (5-0, 2-0) began its comeback when Haskins threw a high pass that was pulled in by receiver Victor Binjimen, who then zigzagged his way through defenders for a 47-yard TD to pull the Buckeyes within 26-21 with 6:42 to go. For three quarters the Nittany Lions managed to work with limited defensive tackle depth, stay in their gaps, get to the quarterback and play fairly good coverage in the secondary. The call was a short dump off to tight end Pat Freiermuth that looked destined for a big gain, but defensive end Chase Young swatted it away.

It was fourth-and-5 at the OSU 43-yard line with just over a minute left - right after the Buckeyes had fought back to take a 27-26 lead - when the stop of the season occurred.

None of them could catch him. It was a awful play call by Penn State after two timeouts, but ideal execution by Ohio State.

As it was, it tied the longest play ever allowed by the Buckeyes in their history.

The play was created to get Sanders, who rushed for 43 yards on 18 carries, through a hole up the middle vacated by Ohio State's linebackers.

The turnover set up a 26-yard score on a screen pass to J.K. Dobbins, who also found the end zone on the opening drive of the second half to give the Bucks (5-0, 2-0) their first lead. Then Penn State called another timeout. "I'm not a negative guy".

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