Five things we think we learned after Ohio State's win over Penn State

It was a heart-pumping, sweaty palm type of affair for a while against Penn State,

but Ohio State got its act together in the fourth quarter and got a huge 44-31win in Happy Valley against a top-fifteen opponent.

It’s the type of gut-check win you can hang your hat on and build upon.

After every game, we like to reflect and peel the layers back on the scarlet and gray onion to dissect what we saw and what we think we learned about this Buckeye squad.

There is a ton we can examine after the first real, true road test Ohio State has faced this season,

and one that the Buckeyes absolutely had to have to stay among the top of the Big Ten East race and an inside track to the College Football Playoff.

Here are five things we think we learned after Ohio State took care of business at Penn State.

1. Running game struggles are now a trend:

2. The defense showed a few leaks today

3. Speaking of turnovers:

4. J.T. Tuimoloau is coming of age:

5. The passing game won this one

5. The passing game won this one Penn State outgained and outrushed Ohio State but still lost the game, mostly because of turnovers, but also because of the Buckeyes’ ability to move the ball through the air.

C.J. Stroud and Marvin Harrison Jr were absolute studs in the passing game. 

Stroud was 26-of-33 for 354 yards and a touchdown, a lot of that going to Harrison who caught 10 passes for 185 yards.

Penn State came in wanting to take the running game away and did until the fourth quarter. 

Ohio State did business through the air and it worked today.

However, down the line, you have to feel like the running game has to be better (cough, cough — Michigan).

Onward and upward …


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