Barrett to Baugh provides Buckeyes with game-winner
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 39-38 loss to Ohio State on Saturday at Ohio Stadium:
Play of the game: Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett hit Marcus Baugh for a 16-yard touchdown with 1:48 remaining, which set the final score.
Offensive player of the game: Barrett was incredible. He amassed 423 yards of total offense by completing 33-of-39 passes for 328 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions and rushing for another 95 yards on 17 carries.
Defensive player of the game: Buckeye safety Jordan Fuller made a team-high nine tackles, including eight solos.
Most telling statistic: The Buckeyes outgained the Lions 529-283 in total offense.
Most deceiving statistic: Ohio State committed 10 penalties for 70 yards.
Hidden statistic: Barrett completed his last 16 passes, including going 13-for-13 in the fourth quarter.
Best run: Koa Farmer made an over-the-shoulder catch of a kickoff return, bolted to the right and brought it back 59 yards to set up the Lions’ touchdown that pushed the PSU up 28-10 with 8:06 left in the second quarter.
Best pass: On second-and-11 from the Ohio State 37, Trace McSorley threw a pass into the end zone that DeAndre Thompkins appeared to catch, but after the ball was wrestled away by the Buckeyes’ Denzel Ward, the play was ruled an interception. Following a review, a touchdown was awarded to Penn State, giving the Lions a 35-20 lead with 7:25 left in the third quarter.
Worst pass: Up 14-0 in the first quarter and threatening for more, McSorley missed a wide-open Mike Gesicki over the middle.
Best catch: Gesicki’s 22-yarder in which he perfectly positioned himself, boxing out Fuller, on third-and-4 to the Ohio State 28 in the fourth quarter.
Catch it, will ya: Penn State’s receivers didn’t drop any passes.
Hold it, won’t ya: The Nittany Lions didn’t fumble.
Best tackle: Lion corner Amani Oruwariye dumped Johnnie Dixon’s 2-point conversion attempt off razzle dazzle, keeping the Lions’ lead at 38-33 with 4:20 remaining.
Best block: Left tackle Ryan Bates sealed the left side for Saquon Barkley’s 36-yard touchdown run that put the Lions up 21-3 with 11:40 remaining in the first half.
Best hit: Cam Brown decked Ohio State punt returner K.J. Hill in the first quarter.
Best kick: It wasn’t long, but Tyler Davis’ 24-yard field goal with 5:42 left provided a two-score cushion (38-27).
Worst kick: That turned out to be Ohio State’s decision to kick off to Barkley, whose 96-yard return for a touchdown opened the game.
Best call: It takes a lot of officiating character to overturn an interception for the home team and signal TD for the visitors.
Worst call(s): Facing first-and-goal from the Ohio State 7, leading 35-27, the Lions ran three straight times into the line and settled for a field goal.
Worst penalty: Up 14-0, Lion special teams ace Irv Charles was hit with a personal foul penalty in the first quarter, helping Ohio State’s field position.
Best effort: Ohio State’s offensive line controlled the game, allowing just two sacks in 39 dropbacks, and escorting 201 yards rushing.
Unsung hero: Down 35-20, Ward blocked a punt that gave the Buckeyes possession at the PSU 41. Two plays later, Ohio State scored a touchdown that cut the lead to 35-27 with 11:05 remaining.