Sean Clifford is not having a great start to Week 9. Ohio State’s defense continues to follow the mantra of “starting fast” in 2022.

After settling for a 38-yard field goal from Noah Ruggles, the Buckeyes forced the first turnover of the day thanks to an interception caused by defensive lineman  Zach Harrison. Ohio State would miss the 53-yard field goal to keep the score at 3-0.

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On the opening drive for Penn State, Clifford tried to connect across the middle of the field on a 3rd-and-9 play. Instead, the ball would be batted at the line of scrimmage and intercepted by Harrison for a gain of 2 yards.

On the ensuing drive, Clifford would be picked off again, this time by J.T. Tuimoloau. Clifford looked frustrated after the play, making it seem as if the receiver ran the wrong route, giving Tuimoloau to react to the throw.

Since the arrival of Jim Knowles, Ohio State’s secondary has drastically improved. Entering Saturday’s game, the Buckeyes rank 3rd among all FBS schools in pass defense, holding opponents to roughly 149 yards per game. Ohio State also ranked 41st in interceptions with 7.