A 63-14 loss stings enough. Then add injuries to the insult.
Penn State sustained two key injuries its loss Saturday night to Ohio State.
When Tyler Ferguson checked into the game with 8:52 left in the third quarter it marked the first serious game action he had seen since the first half of the Syracuse game.
Whether it was because of Christian Hackenberg’s monumental struggles or injury wasn’t clear at the time.
But, Hackenberg’s throwing shoulder was clearly wrapped in cellophane, so injury was the more likely explanation.
Head coach Bill O’Brien confirmed the injury in his post-game news conference.
“I think on the play where they were called for offsides, one of their guys came in and slammed him to the ground. He hit on his shoulder. We have to get that checked out,” the coach said.
“He tried to go. He’s a tough kid, man. He tried to go and he just didn’t feel good about throwing. He wanted to keep going, but I felt it was in the best interest of the team at that point to go with Tyler Ferguson.”
Another came later in the second half.
Glenn Carson left the game and then was seen walking off the field toward the lockerroom.
“I think he hurt his finger, but then he came back,” O’Brien said. “We took him out because we put the second team guys in there. He’ll be fine. It seems to me he’ll be fine.”
Of the 69 Nittany Lions listed on the travel roster, 29 were freshmen and redshirt freshmen. That’s 42 percent of the travel team.
However, that’s two fewer than traveled to New Jersey in late August for the Syracuse game at MetLife Stadium.
One of the missing freshmen was Richy Anderson, who was inexplicably left in Happy Valley.
OSU wins battle of bands, too
It was a night of total domination for Ohio State, including the marching bands.
While Penn State’s Blue Band performed its traditional fare, Ohio State kept setting standards for college marching band innovation.
Last week in the Iowa game, the OSU band created an Internet sensation with its tribute to Michael Jackson.
It formed a formation shaped like the late singer, complete with white glove. Then its formation danced, including moonwalking, then did a split.
Saturday night at halftime, it played selections from Jurassic Park and formed the shape of a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
Then, to the delight of the crowd, the T-Rex’s jaws closed around someone dressed in Devin Gardner’s Michigan No. 98 jersey, then spit out the helmet.
If you’re a fan of marching bands, these days the Ohio State band is can’t-miss viewing.
Ohio State piles up big numbers
The 63-14 Buckeyes win mirrored Penn State’s win by the same score during the 1994 season. Ohio State amassed some impressive stats in the process.
• The Buckeyes’ 63 points was their most ever against Penn State. The previous high was 45 in a 45-6 win on Sept. 23, 2000.
• Ohio State holds the nation’s longest winning streak at 20 games, the second-longest in school history. The longest is 22 games from 1967-69.
• Saturday’s attendance was 105,889, the fourth-largest crowd in the history of Ohio Stadium.
• Ohio State rushed for 408 yards against Penn State, the first time the team rushed for 400-499 yards in a game since Nov. 4, 1989 at Northwestern (456).