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LG&T: Nittany Lions Fall 1 Point Short To Rivalry Ohio State

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University Park, P.A. - Senior quarterback Trace McSorley totaled a school-record 461 total offense yards (286 passing, 175 rushing) to lead No. 9 Penn State, but No. 4 Ohio State rallied late in the fourth quarter for a 27-26 victory in Big Ten football action Saturday night in front of a Beaver Stadium-record 110,889 fans.

After entering the fourth quarter trailing by one point, Penn State (4-1, 1-1 Big Ten) took a 26-14 lead with exactly eight minutes remaining following a McSorley touchdown pass (12:22) and a 1-yard touchdown run by running back Miles Sanders (8:00). However, Ohio State (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) responded with two touchdowns and then stopped the Nittany Lions on fourth-and-5 from the Ohio State 43 inside two minutes to seal the win.

Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins threw both fourth-quarter touchdowns, connecting on a 47-yarder with Binjimin Victor with 6:42 remaining and a 24-yarder with K.J. Hill with 2:03 remaining.

"The reality is that we have gone from an average football team to a good football team to a great football team. We have worked hard to do those things,
but we are not an elite football team yet" said head coach James Franklin. 

"As hard as we have worked to go from average to good, and from good to great – the work that it’s going to take to get to an elite program, it’s going to be just as hard as the ground and the distance that we have already traveled."

"Scratch and claw and fight. Right now, we are comfortable being great."

McSorley totaled 461 yards of total offense, rushing for a career-high 175 yards on 25 carries and completing 16-of-32 passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns. McSorley set career highs for his longest run and longest pass play, rushing for 51 yards in the first quarter and connecting with wide receiver KJ Hamler for a 93-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. Of his 175 yards rushing, 99 were in the second half.

"You have to be uncomfortable to make that step. If you're comfortable you're not going to grow. I think it's at the point where we have a lot of young guys and we have a lot of veterans that need to push themselves to be uncomfortable and get to a point where you're making that growth" said McSorley.