OSU shuts down PSU – Lessons Learned

Frustration clear in post-game alma mater

Buckeyes continued their undefeated season with a 35-23 victory over the Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium.   A few quick points to recap the match-up.

Quick hits

Solid turnout at Beaver Stadium.  Fans did a great job bringing the energy and noise.  Unfortunately, OSU has won the last 3 games at Beaver Stadium (2007, 2009, 2012).

1st Quarter
Still, no team has scored on PSU in 1st quarter.

O’Brien out-coached
Urban Meyer demonstrated why he’s one of the best in college football.  Brought his team into a hostile environment and executed.  Half-time adjustments clearly in favor of the Buckeyes.  Of course, PSU can point to several key mistakes, missed opportunities, and questionable calls (e.g. defensive holding on punt that gave OSU a 1st down).  Regardless, defense coverage, offensive play calling – Meyer adjusted and picked the Nittany Lions apart in the 2nd half.   Penn State offense struggled to get things going and you got to give OSU players and coaches credit.  During the press conference after the game, O’Brien made it clear that he was out-coached.  He knew it and humbly took a large part of the blame.

Braxton Miller
Injury or no injury, he continued to perform and wreak havoc – 277 total yards, 3 TDs.  Clearly in the discussion for Heisman.  Helped his team put up 28 points in the 2nd half against what we thought would be one of the better defensive teams they’ve faced all year.

Braxton Miller dives for 3rd quarter touchdown

OSU controlled the line
Neither Belton nor Zwinak was able to get the running game established, largely because the offensive line was getting pushed around by the OSU front 7.  McGloin got sacked 4 times and picked off once at the beginning of the 3rd quarter, a costly interception that really changed the momentum of the game.   A decent performance for McGloin despite the result — 327 yards passing (27 of 45 passes), 2 TD.  Still would like to see more completions, but again, give OSU credit for putting the pressure on McGloin and throwing the offense out of rhythm.

RB Bill Belton taken down in the 2nd half

Over 100 prospects were at the game Saturday, including one who 24 hours later decommitted from Maryland and announced his commitment to PSU   — legacy RB Richie Anderson, 3 star prospect out of Maryland and son of Richy Anderson, former PSU and NFL fullback.   A great pick-up for PSU.  O’Brien can only hope that other prospects were impressed this past weekend, yet there is also a good chance it wasn’t PSU that caught their eye….

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