Here are 5 takeaways from Penn State football’s 44-31 loss to Ohio State

The Nittany Lions took a 21-16 lead with 9:26 left in Saturday’s game against Ohio State.

Then, things went sour. Penn State was abruptly outscored 28-10 in the final 9:26 by Ohio State with a flurry of scores by tight end Cade Stover,

two from running back TreVeyon Henderson and defensive lineman J.T. Tuimoloau.

Nittany Lions quarterback Sean Clifford is now 2-6 against Michigan and Ohio State in his career.

Here are five takeaways from Penn State’s 44-31 loss to Ohio State.

1)  JAMES FRANKLIN SPUTTERS AGAINST ANOTHER TOP-FLIGHT OPPONENT

2) J.T. TUIMOLOAU HAS ONE OF HIS BEST GAMES

3) MARVIN HARRISON JR. IS THE BEST RECEIVER IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL

4) SEAN CLIFFORD’S SLOW STARTS PUT THE TEAM IN A TOUGH SPOT

5) THE OFFENSE COLLAPSES, THE DEFENSE FOLLOWS SUIT

1) JAMES FRANKLIN SPUTTERS AGAINST ANOTHER TOP-FLIGHT OPPONENT:- The Nittany Lions have fallen once again to another top team in the Big Ten.

 After getting battered on the road by Michigan 41-17 on Oct.

15, the Nittany Lions allowed even more points in a 44-31 loss to Ohio State on Saturday.

This calls head coach James Franklin’s record into question against Michigan and Ohio State during his tenure.

He is 4-6 against Michigan and is 1-9 against Ohio State with his only victory coming in October 2016.

Penn State had the game in its hands when, inexplicably, Clifford had two more turnovers and the defense lost all steam.

It’s not becoming of an elite program because elite programs have elite head coaches.

The display on Saturday made elite coaching look like it was a long-lost artifact of Penn State’s past and it just may be.

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