I’m disappointed, but not surprised. The game was never really as close as the final score shows as Ohio State handed Penn State its second-straight loss to open the season.
The Nittany Lions weren’t expected to slow down the Buckeyes’ high octane offense. With that in mind, the offense needed to keep pace with the opposition, but Kirk Ciarrocca couldn’t quite figure it out until the game was already out of reach.
Sean Clifford would be the first to take responsibility for his and the offense’s subpar performance this season. He also has a message for anyone who’s not committed to making this season a relative success.
If there was a silver lining in the loss, it was Jahan Dotson. After the offense limped to just six points and two completions in the first half, Dotson provided a spark over the final 30 minutes, highlighted by a pair of absurd catches on consecutive pass attempts.
Now the Nittany Lions will head to College Park seeking their first win of the season against Maryland. If there is any hope of a rebound performance, this should be the week, as the Nittany Lions opened as heavy favorites to top the Terrapins.