No. I truly thought our offense would roll them from start to finish. I thought we would hang 40 on them.
HOWEVER, after taking off my "scarlet colored eyeglasses", a few things were realized.
A) This is a very young Ohio State team. Bound to have bad games here and there.
B) That was their first real road game. Penn State, at night with a "White Out", is one of the most hostile environments in college football.
C) We played a bunch of very talented players tonight. They've done well in recruiting considering the sanctions they were given after the Sandusky scandal. They were essentially told for two weeks by essentially the entire nation that they didn't stand a chance. Never underestimate an underdog. Emotion counts for a lot and can't be measured in stat lines.
D) They had two weeks to get ready for us. This was their big home game for this season if you look at their schedule. They were, most likely, looking at this game in terms of preparation as we are (hopefully) with the Michigan State game.
I could go on, but you get the point. We should have beat the hell out of them and I truly have doubts on whether or not we deserve to be included in the playoff discussion. I like our players, I like our coaching staff and for a reloading/rebuilding season (people are reluctant to call it this), I think we are doing very well.
I think we are heading in a great direction. Our secondary isn't dominant, but its miles better than what it was last season. I have full faith in our coaching staff and our players. All things considered, we made the right hires, recruited/are recruiting the right kids and our future is bright for many years to come.
Take this time to enjoy this win, my friends. It wasn't pretty, but its still one for the good guys.