Prior to the game, Penn State were expected to give No 1 seed Ohio State Buckeyes a run for their money. At the end of the first quarter, there was an upset on the cards as Penn State kept Urban Meyer’s defending national champions off the scoreboard.
But that’s when Penn State’s bid to upset the champions came to a grinding halt. The Buckeyes stormed back with 21 points in the second quarter, finishing with a 38-10 Big Ten Conference victory to extend their winning streak to 20 games.
James Franklin’s Nittany Lions had absolutely no counter-attack once the Buckeyes asserted their dominance over the game. Coach Franklin rued the missed opportunity. “When you don’t capitalize on the road against the No. 1 team in the country you’re going to have some problems,” Franklin said, pointing to the fact that Penn State began the game well. “We’ve got some work to do.”
JT Barrett, who ran 102 yards on 11 carries, scored two touchdowns in the red zone in the first half, before throwing two TD passes in the fourth. And yet, the question persists: Who is Ohio State’s No 1 quarterback? “’Whatever it takes to win,” said coach Meyer, who wants to weigh all his options.
Barrett, who was the Big Ten player of the year before breaking his ankle against Michigan, said he isn’t concerned that his team doesn’t yet have a No 1 quarterback. “I am trying to help the team, whether I go in in the red zone or as the starter, at the end of the day I don’t think it really matters. I’m going in there to do the best I can,” he said.