Halftime Thoughts: Ohio State 21, Penn State 6

By Matt de Bear on October 31, 2020 at 9:22 pm
Oct 31, 2020; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba (11) makes a catch as Penn State Nittany Lions cornerback Joey Porter Jr. (9) attempts a tackle during the first quarter at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports
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It has been a 30 minutes to forget for just about every Penn State Nittany Lion. From the opening snap of the game, the visiting Buckeyes have controlled every aspect of the game. 

  • Sophomore receiver Garrett Wilson took the handoff on the first snap, and promptly went 62 yards on the end-around. Two plays later the Buckeyes were in the end zone. That play set the tone for a half that saw the visitors average nearly eight yards per play on offense.
  • The Buckeyes have absolutely mauled the Nittany Lions on both lines. Justin Fields has had all sorts of time to throw, while both Master Teague and Trey Sermon have had no trouble consistently finding holes.
  • To put it mildly, Sean Clifford looks overwhelmed. While his offensive line has not exactly given him lots of time to throw, the redshirt junior signal-caller has looked rattled, bailing on clean pockets, and not giving his receivers an opportunity to get open.
  • As bad as it has been, the Lions find themselves down just two scores, thanks to a bizarre end-of-half situation that led to a 50-yard Jordan Stout field goal.
  • If that is going to happen, however, it will take a massive turnaround on both sides of the ball, and likely a big play from the defense or special teams. 
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