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Ohio State 27, Penn State 26, a Twitter Tale

Before, during and after another epic White Out showdown, social media content from both fanbases brought additional entertainment.

Ohio State v Penn State Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

Effectively, this early mid-season matchup was itself a playoff game. A big game on a big day with beautiful weather, excellent tailgates and an intense White Out under the lights after the sunset.

It was a good game and day to watch through Twitter; let’s take a look.

A.M. Twitter was geeked.

Dad Twitter logged on to share their kiddos’ excitement.

College Game Day was back at Old Main.

And the signage was finage.

Even hoops & hockey were represented.

And of course, so was wrestling.

There was even a proposal.

There was beautiful Autumnal Football Weather.

And Tailgates.

As the sun headed further west, the crowd headed into the stadium.

By kickoff time, the White Out was in full force.

And it seemed as if the Press Box was shaking.

Big games like this can bring different emotions, and plenty of nerves for fans.

Myself, I was pretty excited.

As the record shows.

When the game started, there were mixed reactions to seeing Tommy Stevens early, for the first time this year.

There was also surprise at the stoutness of the Penn State defense early on.

Penn State dominated the first quarter, but only had a 3-0 lead.

Juwan Johnson had a great grab and people tweeted exclamations of its glory.

Aw heck, may as well take in its beauty again here.

After Jake Pinegar’s second field goal, PSU Twitter emoted concerns.

While OSU Twitter noted the positives for their team.

Clearly reading and responding to the internet, Trace McSorley and KJ Hamler connected for a 93-yard touchdown, to which the internet then again also reacted.

13-0 would have been a fine halftime score for Penn State, but when Miles Sanders fumbled deep in PSU territory, it was not to be.

Scoreboard, the only meaningful stat.

Then there was halftime. And a show or something.

So twitter had other recommendations.

Not all was bad on the halftime field, as 3x National Champion Zain Retherford was presented his second Hodge Trophy, wrestling’s Heisman.

The third quarter scoring was Ohio State’s. On the mic, Kirk Herbstreit guessed some Buckeye manhood was challenged during the halftime show, and their offense laid out a 13-play, 75-yard, 4:38 drive that resulted in a touchdown and Ohio State’s first lead.

There were a bunch of penalties called, a bunch of penalties CFB Twitter shouted should or should not have been called, a couple punts and a missed field goal, but as the final quarter began, Ohio State led 14-13.

In further evidence that the football players on the field actively respond to things written on the internet, in real time, Penn State decided to get some of that momentum stuff for themselves.

But in a sign of things to come, coaching decisions were...questioned.

Recognition for McSorley’s contributions took many forms.

A big fourth down play had twitter again questioning the engineering strength of the Beaver Stadium structures.

Some fans wanted it to be louder though...

So Trace McSorely obliged, by running in for another touchdown and a 26-14 lead, with 8 minutes left to play.

PSYYYYYCCCH, after review, once again points were removed from the scoreboard.

So Miles Sanders got his buddy’s back and restored them.

The ensuing two-point conversion attempt failed, and it would become extremely vital.

Because Ohio State was not finished.

Iowa fans continued to weigh in.

With 4th & 5 on the OSU 37, Coach Franklin had another coaching decision to make. Twitter was there to help.

The decision was punt, and Blake Gillikin delivered.

Ohio State quickly got back on their bull crap again.

But was it too quick? After the kickoff touchback, Trace still had 2:02 and 3 timeouts left, just to get into field goal range.

He started out with a 27-yard completion to Pat Freiermuth.

On a designed run, Trace took a 4-yard sack on first down. Then Brandon Polk couldn’t haul in a tough, but catchable pass, to make it 3rd and 14. Trace got some of it on 3rd down.

What would they call?

The answer...

And then...

And then....