In the midst of this loss there are silver linings. True freshman running back Saquon Barkley (Coplay, Pa.) returned to the turf for the first time after a high ankle sprain a few weeks ago. Barkley did not disappoint. He rushed for 194 yards, the fourth most yardage ever attained by a true freshman Nittany Lion. Barkley led all rushers on Saturday, and seemingly scored a 44-yard touchdown, but it was quickly retracted by a penalty.
Redshirt sophomore wide receiver and powerhouse DaeSean Hamilton (Fredericksburg, Va.) scored a touchdown shortly after the start of the second half off of a 40th career touchdown pass from junior quarterback Christian Hackenberg (Palmyra, Va.). At that time a win still seemed attainable as the score was a mere 21-10.
Although the competition was fierce, the Nittany Lion defense held as strong as it could. Senior defensive end Carl Nassib (West Chester, Pa.) continued to prove his track record of excellence as the nation’s number one leader in sacks with 1.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss on Saturday. The Lions totaled 10.0 tackles for loss against Ohio State, the most Ohio State has succumbed to in 2015.
In his postgame press conference, Head Coach James Franklin commended Ohio State’s quarterback, J.T. Barrett, saying that he “makes a difference” for Ohio State.
Franklin addressed the difficult subject of Penn State’s poor punting abilities that were displayed during the game by saying that “
Speaking on redshirt sophomore tight end Adam Breneman’s (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) first game appearance since the Wisconsin game in November of 2013, Franklin simply stated, “He played well.”
Sophomore wide receiver Chris Godwin (Middletown, Del.) said it best: “At the end of the day
The Nittany Lions are once again on the road this week. They will face off against Maryland at M&T Bank Stadium with a 3:30 p.m. kickoff this Saturday. After last year’s issue with unsportsmanlike behavior from Maryland, this is certainly a redemption game that you won’t want to miss.