Sunday, October 27, 2013

Penn State's 63-14 Loss To Ohio State Is Hard To Swallow, But Easy To Digest

                                                                                     Photo courtesy of Jamie Sabau

     Last night was one of the worse games in the history of Penn State football.  The Nittany Lions entered a hostile environment at the "Horseshoe" to face the #4 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes.  Ohio State received the ball first and scored in just 2 minutes and 17 seconds. The Buckeyes never looked back and would ultimately blowout the Nittany Lions by a score of 63-14!

     After falling behind 7-0, the Nittany Lions received the ball and where driving the ball down the field and looked to come away with some points on the board. At the Ohio State 12 on 3rd Down, Christian Hackenberg threw the ball into the endzone but would end up getting intercepted by Corey Brown. Penn State's defense momentarily held its own and forced the Buckeyes to a 3 and out despite the turnover. However, Penn State could not doing anything with the ball and were forced to punt. Ohio State would go 88 yards in 4 minutes and 27 seconds to give the Buckeyes a 14-0 lead.

     On Penn State's very next possession, Hackenberg would again be picked off, this time by C.J. Barnett. Unlike from the previous turnover the Buckeyes created, they would generate points off it and finishing it off with a 6 yd TD. run by Braxton Miller to give the Buckeyes a 21-0 advantage.

     After a 3 and out, Ohio State received the ball once again and drove down for another touchdown to make it 28-0 in favor of the Buckeyes. Penn State would finally get on the board when Hackenberg connected with Wide Receiver Brandon Felder for a touchdown. Before the Nittany Lions could have any hopes of crawling back into this game, the Buckeyes scored twice before the half and lead 42-7 going into the break.

     A Zach Zwinak fumbled resulted in another Ohio State touchdown, taking just two plays to capitalize off the turnover. Ohio State would score another two times to make the score 63-7. Penn State had one final bright spot of the night when backup Quarterback Tyler Ferguson connected with Allen Robinson for a 65 yd TD Pass. Ohio State would go on to defeat the Nittany Lions by the same exact score Penn State had defeated the Buckeyes by back in 1994 when they were lead by Kerry Collins and Ki-Jana Carter)

     I wrote a blog two weeks ago show tweets of my frustration with Penn State during the Michigan game. (Which you can read by clicking here  ) This time around was completely different. The players already felt embarrassed and vulnerable. The players really need our support right now, and to remind themselves tomorrow is another day. Penn State can learn a lot about themselves from this defeat and eventually return the favor to other teams, including Ohio State as well!  I want to leave Penn State players and fans with a quote from someone that many past alums not only considered a coach on the field, but a coach in life as well. And hopefully it will allow the players to keep their heads held high and maintain their pride!

     “You're never as good as you think you are when you win; and you're never as bad as you feel when you lose.”- Joe Paterno


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