October 27, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Though the Penn State offensive line has been a stonewall all season, Ohio State found the cracks resulting in a serious lack of production for quarterback Matt McGloin.
The line, which went into the game having allowed second fewest sacks in the Big Ten this season (8), allowed the Buckeyes to get to McGloin four times. It also allowed Ohio State to eliminate the Lions running threat with only 32 yards on 28 carries.
Ohio State had the more sacks against the Lions than any other opponent it has faced this season and size was a big part of it.
“They’re as good of a front four that we’ve seen,” guard John Urschel said. “[Johnathan]Hankins is a great player, [John] Simon is a phenomenal player these are all very talented people. Ohio State had a great front it made the difference today and we need to execute better offensively.”
At 6-foot-two and 322 lbs., Hankins contributed five tackles and clogged holes for Bill Belton and the rest of the Penn State running attack. Simon contributed a sack himself. However, Penn State was really hurt by outside linebacker Ryan Shazier who had two sacks and an interception for a touchdown.
"Our offensive line has to handle that,” tight end Gary Gilliam said. “Whether it's a big guy, a little guy or whatever schemes they're doing. We prepare for that stuff, you got to bring your big boy pants to handle it. I think we did well, we just didn't do it to our potential where it needed to be exactly."