Ohio State too much for Nittany Lions

Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford is sacked by Ohio State defensive end Javontae Jean-Baptiste. / Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski

UNIVERSITY PARK — It didn’t take No. 3 Ohio State long to establish itself as the better team Saturday night at Beaver Stadium.

Buckeye receiver Garrett Wilson took a jet sweep on the game’s first play and burst 62 yards almost untouched to the Penn State 13, setting a tone from which the Nittany Lions would never recover.

Ohio State rolled to a 38-25 victory as quarterback Justin Fields, a Heisman Trophy frontunner, sliced apart the Lions’ secondary, completing 28 of 34 for 318 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.

The Buckeyes had first-half leads of 14-0 and 21-6, and after a touchdown pass to Jahan Dotson from Sean Clifford cut the lead to 21-13 in the third quarter, Ohio State immediately answered with a 26-yard TD from Fields to Chris Olave.

Penn State never got closer than two scores after that.

Ohio State outgained PSU 526 to 325 and limited the Lions to 56 offensive plays and 44 rushing yards.

“We could not win the line of scrimmage,” James Franklin said afterward. “Obviously not having a running game hurt us. We didn’t play complementary football. I thought we did some nice things on defense in the first half and then we started to get some momentum, and they would go the length of the field.”

Dotson was the top performer for Penn State, catching eight passes for 144 yards and three touchdowns.

Ohio State improved to 2-0 and the Lions fell to 0-2 for the first time since 2012 (Bill O’Brien’s first year.)

The Mirror will have a full report in its PSU Extra on Monday.


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