Ohio State Offense Struggles At Penn State In First Half, Down 13-7

Ohio State Down At Halftime vs. Penn State

Ohio State Offense Struggles At Penn State In First Half, Down 13-7

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Ohio State Offense Struggles At Penn State In First Half, Down 13-7


All the fireworks from week four have been grounded by a motivated Penn State defense. Ohio State trails at the half, and it could have been worse.


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This isn’t how it was supposed to go. Penn State was No.1 in the country in scoring offense, and Ohio State was just behind at No. 2. So of course the game would be just 13-7 in Penn State’s favor at halftime right?

Truth be known, it could be much worse for the Buckeyes. The Nittany Lions have rolled up 293 yards of total offense but haven’t been able to totally capitalize thanks to a missed FG, another possession where they settled for a FG, a turnover that led to a TD for Ohio State, and the problem converting on third downs, going just 1-10.

Still, the story of this one has been Ohio State’s inability to do anything on offense. The Penn State game plan coming into this one was clearly centered around getting pressure on Dwayne Haskins, and it has worked so far. There were early drops by his receivers, but as the half went on, the pressure has moved Haskins out of the pocket and had him throwing off his back foot. He’s converted just 7 of 16 passes for 62 yards so far.

All told, Ohio State has just four first downs and a total of only 93 yards of total offense with nothing to hang its hat on.

Now it’s time to make adjustments, and you have to wonder if the coaching staff has any answers when they come out to receive the ball in the second half. The game is still winnable, but Ohio State will have to pull itself up and find someway to fight back, be more physical, and move the ball on offense.

If not, things aren’t going to go well tonight.

 

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