One might say it’s an exercise in futility to try and pinpoint the best performances in a 63-14 beating that wasn’t really that close. But, it’s a tradition that spans back literally weeks, so we must soldier on.
Offense: Allen Robinson, 12 receptions, 173 yards, 1 TD
On a night where not much worked, at least not consistently, for the PSU offense, Allen Robinson still managed to put together another All American type performance. Sure, his touchdown came in garbage time, but his 65 yard catch and run would have been just as impressive had it come in the first half. Robinson now leads the Big 10 in receptions (55), and receiving yards (875).
Honorable Mention: Bill Belton, 22 carries, 98 yards
I cannot honestly honor anyone off of a defense that gave up 63 points and 686 yards. John Butler is taking all sorts of heat, but nothing he tried, be it blitzing, press coverage, cover-2, cover-3, etc., did much to slow down an Ohio State attack as potent as any in the nation. Carlos Hyde was seldom even touched by a Nittany Lion defender until he was 4-5 yards downfield, thanks in large part to an Ohio State offensive line that is as good as any in the nation. When they were able to get pressure on Miller, the quarterback who O’Brien called one of the 5 best players in the nation was able to elude any would be tackler. All told, the Lions only had 4 tackles for loss, including Ben Kline’s one sack of Miller.
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