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James Franklin Getting Criticized For Early Decision vs. Ohio State

A solo shot of Penn State coach James Franklin.

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 30: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions on the sidelines during the first half of the Playstation Fiesta Bowl against the Washington Huskies at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Nittany Lions defeated the Huskies 35-28. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Earlier this afternoon, Ohio State and Penn State took the field for a game between College Football Playoff contenders.

On its first possession of the game, Penn State moved the ball well for the first few plays of the game. The Nittany Lions climbed over mid-field and even reached the 42-yard line.

However, they failed to find a first down on the Ohio State side of the field. Head coach James Franklin then made the decision to play field position and punt the ball.

Let's just say fans weren't happy with the idea of punting the ball when the Nittany Lions were a nearly 20-point underdog.

Here's just some of the reaction.

Penn State pulled off a relatively successful punt, downing the ball at the Ohio State 9-yard line.

However, the Buckeyes flexed their muscle, scoring a touchdown on a 13-play, 91-yard drive to take a 7-0 lead.

On Penn State's very next possession, the Nittany Lions failed to find any success, going three-and-out.