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Urban Meyer's Under Fire For Allowing Saquon Barkley To Field A Kick

Urban Meyer taking heat for kicking to Saquon Barkley.

Why let the best player in college football have an opportunity to field a kick?

The opening play of the Ohio State-Penn State game was a wild one. Nittany Lions' star running back Saquon Barkley returned the opening kick 97 yards for a touchdown, putting PSU up, 7-0, before the game even really started.

Ohio State has had problems with the kickoff all season. Urban Meyer had said earlier this week that the problems had been corrected.

Apparently not.

Why even let Barkley have the chance to return the kick? Just kick the ball into the end zone.

This was Meyer's reaction:

Here's another look:

There's really no excuse to not just kick the ball into the end zone moving forward. If the Buckeyes' kickers aren't able to do that, well, find someone who can.

Ohio State and Penn State are playing on FOX.