Talk about an upset!
What once looked like a comfortable victory quickly turned into a stunning 24-21 defeat for Ohio State on Saturday night when Penn State scored 17 unanswered points over the last quarter and a half.
Penn State’s thriller of a win against the No. 2 team in the land came down to a blocked field goal. Ohio States’ field goal attempt to extend the lead turned into a devastatingly, disastrous play that lost the game. Nittany Lions defensive back Marcus Allen shot into a gap and jumped to block Tyler Durbin’s 45-yard field goal try, and Grant Haley scooped it up and ran 60 yards for the game-winning touchdown with 4:27 left in the game.
And the play that turned into the game-winning touchdown for Penn State started out with Ohio State being in a bit of a hurry. With a 21-17 lead with less than five minutes to play, OSU looked like it rushed kicker Tyler Durbin onto the field to attempt a career-long 45-yard field goal. Then the bottom fell out for Ohio State.
Conversely, on this same play, the Heaven’s opened up for Penn State. So it just goes to show ya, miscues and misfortune for one can actually be a miracle for another. And that’s just what happened in Happy Valley this past weekend when Penn State’s newest heroes Marcus Allen and Grant Haley blocked the kick and then recovered it and ran 60 yards for the game-winning touchdown
The blocked field goal attempt was the second special teams collapse in the fourth quarter by the Buckeyes. With 11:42 to play, Cam Brown blocked a Cameron Johnston punt and the Nittany Lions turned that into a field goal that cut Ohio State’s lead to 21-17. And the rest is history.
So just remember. It’s never over. Never. Keep playing and keep plugging and keep pressing and keep persisting until you break through and your break through comes.