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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Twitter reacts to Penn State’s terrible playcall with game on the line

Penn State got stuffed on the play of the game with just over a minute to go against Ohio State on Saturday night, leading to heavy criticism over their playcall.

The Nittany Lions had a 4th-and-5 situation at Ohio State’s 43 with just over a minute to go. They called timeout twice to set up their most important play of the game, with everything on the line down 27-26 to the Buckeyes. And Penn State went with an inside handoff to Miles Sanders, who got tackled in the backfield for a two-yard loss to effectively end the game.

“I was completely shocked with that call,” ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit said.

Those on Twitter couldn’t believe it either.

How is that the best Penn State could come up with after all that time and with five yards needed for a first down? Trace McSorley had been great all game, making huge play after huge play. How do you not put the ball in his hands and let him either figure out a pass or run option on a rollout or something similar? How do you give it to a back who averaged 2.7 yards per carry instead of the guy who threw for 286 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 175 yards? Or if a read was involved, then the quarterback made the wrong read by handing the ball off.

No matter how you slice it, Penn State did not come that far to only lose on such a terrible play. What a poor showing.

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