Late Penn State touchdown opens door for furious IN comeback

Tanya Simon
October 28, 2020

Penn State running back Noah Cain (21) rushes against Michigan State's Jacub Pansiuk, left, during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, in East Lansing, Mich. Penn State running back Noah Cain will miss the rest of the season with an injury, another blow to the the 18th-ranked Nittany Lions' backfield as they prepare to face No. 3 Ohio State. In addition, Ohio State's coaching staff honored its players of the game: Haskell Garrett (defense), Justin Fields (offense) and Chris Booker (special teams). Defensively, the Buckeyes are allowing 17.0 points and 370.0 yards, 160.0 passing and 210.0 rushing. They kicked an extra point to go up 35-28.

Below is my pick for the #3 Ohio State Buckeyes at #18 Penn State Nittany Lions.

In their opening game, Ohio State hosted the Nebraska Cornhuskers and cruised to a 52-17 victory. IN led 20-14 with under three minutes to play, but Penn State's Sean Clifford threw a 60-yard touchdown bomb to Jahan Dotson to give Penn State the lead.

Penn State learned touchdowns aren't always the objective in football in its stunning 36-35 overtime loss to in on Saturday. Penn State shot itself in the foot for this entire game and that included the last few minutes of regulation. Then the Hoosiers made the bold decision to go for two to win the game.

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The result was No. 8 Penn State's first loss to IN since 2013 and the Hoosiers' first top-10 win since 1987. His.952 completion percentage set an Ohio State record (minimum 11 attempts) and tied for the second highest in a game in Big Ten history (minimum 15 attempts).

IN edged No. 8 Penn State by an inch in a weird thriller, and Wake Forest beat No. 19 Virginia Tech.

CFB Predictions: This is the toughest line of the day but I am going to back Ohio State -12.5 on the road.

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