When your respective units total 5 second-half sacks and make a play that changes the college football landscape, you’re going to get some recognition.
Coaching Search named two Penn State assistants, defensive line coach Sean Spencer and special teams coordinator Charles Huff, among the outlet’s Assistant Coaches of the Week for Week 8. Both of their units were vital in the Nittany Lions’ shocking 24-21 win over then-No. 2 Ohio State.
Penn State totaled 6 sacks against Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett, including one on the final Buckeyes’ offensive play of the night. Defensive end Garrett Sickles had 2.5 of those takedowns, and Penn State’s defensive line accounted for four of the six. Said Coaching Search:
The Nittany Lions clinched the win over Ohio State with a 4th down sack, capping a performance with 5 sacks in the second half and six for the game. Five of those sacks came on 3rd or 4th down. Outside of Curtis Samuel’s 74-yard run, the Buckeyes averaged 2.4 yards per rush otherwise.
Meanwhile, the Lions (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten) came up with one of the greatest plays in the program’s recent history in the fourth quarter. Safety Marcus Allen blocked a field goal and Grant Haley ran it back for a touchdown to give PSU the lead for good with less than 4-1/2 minutes to play. Said Coaching Search:
There were special teams mistakes, but the Nittany Lions blocked a punt and a field goal in the fourth quarter, returning the field goal for the game-winning touchdown with less than 5 minutes left to beat Ohio State 24-21. Penn State’s offensive numbers weren’t good. They won the game with defense and special teams.