Ohio State-Penn State | Rob Oller’s second thoughts

Staff Writer
Buckeye Xtra
Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley runs over Ohio State safety Jahsen Wint and gets to the 1-yard line on a fourth-quarter play. [Kyle Robertson/Dispatch]

• Somewhat amazing how a defense can get torched for most of the game, then make a play or two to turn a loss into a win, but that’s exactly what happened with the Buckeyes. Chase Young stepped up his game in place of Nick Bosa by tipping away a Penn State pass on a fourth-and-1 and then ending the Nittany Lions’ hopes by stopping Trace McSorley and stuffing Miles Sanders on fourth-and-5. It wasn’t always pretty, but this should give the defense some confidence moving forward. As long as the QB isn’t McSorley.

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• A White Out night at Penn State remains the best game in town. Or in the Big Ten, for that matter. If you’re looking for a college football bucket list, you could do worse than beg, borrow or buy a ticket to the next PSU vs. OSU night game, which probably will be in 2020. It’s not just that the atmosphere is electric, but also fun. The music connects generations — not too old or too modern — and the crowd is as enthusiastic as it comes. Even the press box was rocking, as in swaying. Dwayne Haskins Jr. said the stadium noise added to extra stress, but it didn’t look that way for him early.

• Good to see Binjimen Victor turn in the play of the game. The 6-foot-4 junior wide receiver mostly has been overlooked this season — he had only five catches coming in — but he had two biggies against Penn State, including the 47-yard beauty that brought the Buckeyes within one score of the Nittany Lions. On a night when other OSU receivers were dropping balls, Victor stepped into Buckeye Nation lore. Nice to see good things come to someone who has put in the work with little acclaim.

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