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James Franklin Admits Penn State Made A Big Mistake vs. Ohio State

A fired up James Franklin cheers on his team.

EAST LANSING, MI - NOVEMBER 04: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions reacts to a first half touchdown by Saeed Blacknall #13 while playing the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on November 4, 2017 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Penn State fell to Ohio State in a Big Ten instant classic tonight, as the Nittany Lions blew a 12-point lead with less than 10 minutes remaining against the Buckeyes at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa.

The game came down to the final play, with Ohio State's defense stuffing Penn State on a 4th down call with less than two minutes remaining.

It was a questionable play call by James Franklin, who opted to put the ball in the hands of his running back instead of star QB Trace McSorley, who had been having a brilliant evening.

Unsurprisingly, Franklin has been getting crushed for his play-call decision. “I’ll take Unimaginative Play Calls for $2000, Alex," Peter King tweeted.

"That, my friends, is called having way too much time to think about a play call," ESPN's Adam Rittenberg added.

Franklin opened his press conference tonight by admitting that he made a big mistake.

"Obviously, we should've called something different there," Franklin told reporters.

That is true.

Ohio State stayed undefeated with the win, while Penn State suffered its first loss of the season. The Buckeyes leave State College, Pa. as the Big Ten's College Football Playoff favorite.