McSorley threw a 21-yard pass to Mac Hippenhammer and took off for 19 yards to convert a third-and-11.
"They got their athletes in space in the fourth quarter", Franklin said, "and we didn't do a good job in space with them".
McSorley and Penn State still had plenty of time left with 2:03 showing on the clock.
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"We obviously didn't make the right call in that situation, and that's on me, nobody else", Penn State coach James Franklin said.
Penn State outgained Ohio State 492-389.
Unsurprisingly, players defended their coaches after the game.
On Ohio State's ensuing possession, linebacker Koa Farmer made a huge stop on fourth-and-1 at the PSU 48, stuffing quarterback Dwayne Haskins at the line of scrimmage for no gain.
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Offensively, Ohio State is putting up 54.5 points and 599 yards per game. "We probably shouldn't have given up a touchdown with that sudden change (Sanders' fumble in the second quarter)". Some went so far as to say it was the worst Penn State playcall since Joe Paterno chose to attempt a field goal on Alabama's 1-yard line in 1989. The play was there to be made; we just didn't make the play.
He finished the game 22-of-39 passing for 270 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.
Penn State had built a 13-0 lead on two field goals by Jake Pinegar and a 93-yard touchdown pass from McSorley to K.J. Hamler, who outran two Ohio State defensive backs to the end zone with 5:59 left in the first half. Haskins completed just 7-of-16 passes for 62 yards after beginning the game completing 76 percent of his passes. It especially seemed that way on the following drive when Ohio State penetrated to the Penn State 16, but the Nittany Lions forced a Sean Nuernberger 33-yard field goal, but that score was wiped off the board due to a face mask call and Nuernberger's ensuing 48-yard try was no good. He called the 96-yard drive for the winning touchdown "one of the great drives in Ohio State history". But then Ohio State's offense responded with the right answers at the right time, something Penn State was unable to do. Both teams are undefeated, and the Buckeyes have won four of the last five meetings, including a 39-38 thriller last season.
Instead that one point, for the second straight year against the Buckeyes, looks like a motivational burr in the saddle for Penn State and like a championship confidence boost for Ohio State.
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Penn State receiver Juwan Johnson, who has had an issue with drops the first month of the season, made what could go down as one of the best catches of the season in the first half.