Penn State did not play with precision, dropping four passes, committing seven penalties for 64 yards and turning it over once on Sanders' fumble, which helped the Buckeyes cut it to 13-7 at halftime.
Despite giving up a 12-point lead in the final eight minutes, the Lions still had a chance to pull out the win.
"When we saw they were in a three-man front, we like to run our regular inside zone and split it through the middle", Sanders said.
"We're not an elite football team yet", Franklin said.
COACHING: C. James Franklin owned the lapses, which included two fourth-down decisions he wanted back.
Ohio State (5-0, 2-0) began its comeback when Haskins threw a high pass that was pulled in by receiver Victor Binjimen, who then zigzagged his way through defenders for a 47-yard TD to pull the Buckeyes within 26-21 with 6:42 to go.
"One of the great drives in Ohio State history", Meyer called it.
It was a tough break for Penn State and a mistake by the officials. A stunning, jaw-dropping sequence of events that left Penn State reeling in the realm of what could - and probably should - have been.
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B-. Penn State's first-half defense was the best it played all season, generating pressure, making swarm-tackles and covering receivers. "We just didn't make the play".
Franklin was rightly bashed on Twitter over the call.
After trading punts to open the game, Penn State struck the first blow of the game when McSorley found Juwan Johnson for a spectacular 31-yard gain, taking the ball from the Ohio State 48 to the 17. It looked like the Nittany Lions would get another home victory against the Buckeyes (5-0, 2-0) like they did in 2016.
And then just like that, everything changed, and for the second year in a row the Buckeyes swiped victory away from the Nittany Lions in another wild game between the Big Ten powerhouses. It stopped Penn State in its tracks and got it out of a rhythm.
Ohio State survived one of the most hostile environments in the country and while the performance wasn't ideal, it was a flawless example of how a championship team responds to adversity.
He finished the game 22-of-39 passing for 270 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.
Trailing 14-13 early in the fourth quarter, McSorley converted a third-and-13 by hitting KJ Hamler for 36 yards. The Nittany Lions could not gain a first down, and Pinegar's 39-yard field goal pushed the lead to 6-0.
"Our defense played great for three quarters", Franklin said.
McSorley completed 10-of-19 passes for 198 yards in the first half and carried 10 times for 76 yards.