Greg McElroy gives his big takeaway for Penn State after Ohio State loss
Greg McElroy breaks down the Saturday slate of college football action every Sunday. Included in this week’s recap are the former QB’s takeaways from the Penn State-Ohio State showdown.
The Buckeyes got the better of the Nittany Lions once again, winning 20-12 to remain perfect on the season.
“Here’s the big takeaway for me with Penn State: They just don’t have enough juice on the outside,” explained McElroy. “They just don’t, I mean, you look when they throw it, receivers are just draped, I mean there was very little separation.”
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The Buckeye defense was smothering against the Nittany Lion offense. Drew Allar completed just 18/42 passes for 191 yards and 1 TD. KeAndre Lambert-Smith was the leading receiver for PSU with just 6 catches for 52 yards.
As McElroy mentioned, the Nittany Lion offense doesn’t seem to have a go-to receiver that consistently gets open. The Nittany Lions now have the No. 80 passing attack in the nation through 7 games. The rushing attack in Happy Valley has been much more consistent, sitting at No. 33 in the nation.
However, against the Buckeyes, the Nittany Lions couldn’t get anything going on the ground either. Penn State finished with just 49 rushing yards on 26 carries combined.
McElroy thinks the Nittany Lions will have a hard time competing against top teams until the passing attack gets fixed. After 7 games, it’s hard to argue with that assessment.