Ohio State fans clearly expected to roll over Penn State but the Buckeyes are on upset alert after one half and the reaction has been less than friendly.
Given that the Ohio State Buckeyes went into Happy Valley as more than two-touchdown favorites against Penn State, it feels safe to assume that the fans in Columbus (and otherwise) were expecting CJ Stroud to lead the team to an emphatic statement win on the road.
After one half, however, that was not the way things were transpiring in Beaver Stadium. The Buckeyes capitalized on a couple of turnovers but continued to struggle overall in the red zone and could only jump out to a 10-point early lead. With Penn State orchestrating a few explosive plays, however, they took a 14-10 lead.
Stroud then took a sack on a gamble to try and get a touchdown before halftime after Ohio State had kicked a field goal on the prior drive, putting the Buckeyes down 14-13 at the break and seemingly in danger of getting upset.
Ohio State on upset alert against Penn State and fans are turning on the Buckeyes
While there are always some level-headed fans who weren’t panicking just yet, some of the fans who were posting on Ohio State message boards were having a difficult time processing their team being on upset alert as they blamed Ryan Day, called the Buckeyes overrated, and generally had a bad time online (Warning: NSFW language):
In all actuality, though, this type of close game was always in the cards. Not only has Penn State played the Buckeyes closer than expected virtually every year since James Franklin took over the program, but OSU has not been tested really since their season-opener against Notre Dame and has shown some cause for concern with their red zone offense and otherwise.
This doesn’t mean they’re going to lose their perfect season on the road in Happy Valley, but you would think that the team was on the verge of missing a bowl game entirely judging by the reactions of some fans.