Tony Carr hits shot of a lifetime in Penn State upset

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Tony Carr hits shot of a lifetime in Penn State upset

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- With the score tied and final seconds winding down, Penn State's Tony Carr dribbled across the center line and launched a desperation jumper with two Ohio State players in his face. The ball banked in off the glass, and Carr's teammates mobbed him on the Value City Arena court.

The buzzer-beater -- it came seconds after Ohio State's Keita Bates-Diop tied it with a 3-pointer -- gave Penn State an 82-79 victory over the No. 13 Buckeyes on Thursday night.

Ohio State lost for the first time in 10 Big Ten games this season.

"I think we definitely outplayed them from the tip," Carr said. "We were just more focused, we were more hungry."

Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann wouldn't argue with that. Neither would his players, who were at the end of the grueling stretch of five games in 11 days.

"This is not unlike what we thought could happen at some point," Holtmann said. "We'll see how they respond."

Ohio State played from behind the entire game and was outhustled on defense, allowing Penn State (14-8, 4-5) to hit 11 of 14 shots from behind the 3-point line. The 78.6 percent success rate was the best in program history.

Carr, the top scorer in the Big Ten behind Bates-Diop , paced Penn State with 28 points and was 4 for 5 from beyond the arc.

He was the logical guy to take the final shot with a chance to win the game and give Penn State its first win over a ranked team this season.

"I was definitely rolling tonight," he said, "and that shot kept it up."

Bates-Diop, who had been battling the flu and was questionable for the game, led Ohio State (18-5, 9-1) with 25 points but was in foul trouble for much of the second half. He sat on the bench for a 7-minute chunk in the middle of the half.

But he had three 3-pointers in the last 2:07 to pull the Buckeyes back in it. He tied it with a 3-pointer with 5 seconds left just before Carr connected from deep as time ran out.

Lamar Stevens added 15 points and Shep Garner 14 for Penn State, which hadn't beaten a team ranked as high as Ohio State on the road since 2009. Guard Josh Reaves, who rejoined the team after sitting out four games with academic issues, had 10 points.

Jae'Sean Tate had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Buckeyes.

Playing from behind
The Buckeyes' off-kilter defense allowed Penn State to jump out to an early lead on four straight 3-pointers, they and had trouble turning momentum back their way until the final minutes.

Ohio State led only briefly in the game in the first couple minutes of the second half, but that was it. Penn State jumped out to a quick lead with four straight 3-pointer and Ohio State had to chase them the rest of the evening.

The Nittany Lions led by 13 points with 7:58 left in the game, but the Buckeyes chipped away.

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Penn State: Nittany Lions came out firing, kept the pressure on and picked up their biggest win of a season in which they have struggled in the road.

Ohio State: Were the Buckeyes tired? They've played a lot of games lately and were awfully slow to get started. They had to rally late to stay in it, but the result was a loss to a team they should have beaten.

Buckeyes struggle behind the line
While Penn State kept nailing the three pointers, Ohio State struggled beyond the arc. That's been the trend the past few games.

The Buckeyes didn't make one until Bates-Diop connected at the 5:31 mark in the first half. They were 1 for 6 from 3-point land in the half, and 7 for 15 overall. Bates-Diop's trio of long balls in the final minutes helped make those numbers look better.

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Penn State: Hosts Rutgers on Saturday.

Ohio State: Hosts Indiana on Tuesday.

Penn State's big rally falls short in Citrus Bowl loss to Kentucky

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Penn State's big rally falls short in Citrus Bowl loss to Kentucky

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Benny Snell Jr. ran for 144 yards and two touchdowns to become Kentucky's career rushing leader and help the 16th-ranked Wildcats wrap up their best season in more than four decades with a 27-24 victory over No. 13 Penn State in the Citrus Bowl on Tuesday.

Snell scored on runs of 2 and 12 yards in the second half, then carried for a couple of crucial first downs to help Kentucky (10-3) run out the clock after Penn State's Trace McSorley trimmed a 27-7 deficit to three points despite playing with a foot injury.

McSorley threw for 246 yards and two touchdowns, and the Nittany Lions' career passing and wins leader also rushed for a team-high 75 yards on 19 attempts.

Lynn Bowden Jr. scored on a 58-yard punt return for Kentucky, and Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year Josh Allen had three of the Wildcats' six sacks.

Penn State (9-4) trailed 27-7 entering the fourth quarter, but McSorley's wasn't finished. His 1-yard TD run capped a 75-yard drive, and he followed with an 18-yard TD pass to Pat Friermuth to cut Kentucky's lead to six.

The Nittany Lions marched to the Kentucky 14 on their next possession to pull to within 27-24 with 4:12 left.

Thanks to Snell, a junior who already has declared for the NFL draft, McSorley didn't get the ball back until just one second was left on the clock.

Kentucky finished with its first 10-win season since 1977, when the Wildcats went 10-1.

Snell broke Sonny Collins' career rushing record on his 12-yard TD run that made it 27-7 late in the third quarter. Collins rushed for 3,835 yards from 1972-75.

The takeaway

Kentucky: Facing a tradition-rich opponent in a New Year's bowl was a big deal for the Wildcats, who made the most of the opportunity. Along with the three sacks, Allen blocked a field goal to key a strong defensive effort, while the offense shrugged off a slow start to help the Wildcats pull away in the second half.

Penn State: The Nittany Lions fell short of their goal to finish with 10 wins in three consecutive seasons for the first time since 1980-82. Three of their four losses were by a total of eight points.

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Kentucky: Wildcats look to build on success they've had under coach Mark Stoops, who has transformed them into a Top 25 team. Their 5-3 record in SEC play represented their first winning mark in the league in 41 years, spawning heightened expectations for 2019.

Penn State: Nittany Lions face challenge of replacing McSorley, the school's career leader for wins, completions, passing yards, passing TDs, total offense and rushing TDs by a quarterback.

McSorley helps No. 15 Penn State rout Maryland

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McSorley helps No. 15 Penn State rout Maryland

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Trace McSorley completed 12 of 22 passes for 230 yards and had a hand in three touchdowns to help No. 15 Penn State rout Maryland 38-3 on Saturday.

McSorley added 64 rushing yards on 11 carries for the Nittany Lions (9-3, 6-3 Big Ten, No. 12 CFP). He threw a 34-yard bullet through freezing rain to KJ Hamler on the game's first play, sprinted downfield to throw a block that opened Miles Sanders up for a 35-yard run on the next, then skipped into the end zone from 3 yards out to cap the quick opening drive.

McSorley added another touchdown run two possessions later when he scrambled through a pair of defenders up the middle for 20 yards and a 14-3 lead.

Ricky Slade added 8- and 1-yard touchdown runs and tight end Pat Freiermuth caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from McSorley in the fourth quarter.

Sanders finished with 128 yards on 14 carries, Hamler caught three passes for 90 yards and Jake Pinegar added a 25-yard field goal for the Nittany Lions who won their third straight.

Tyrrell Pigrome completed 14 of 23 passes for 185 yards but was sacked five times for the Terrapins (5-7, 3-6). They will miss out on a bowl trip for the third time since joining the Big Ten.

Maryland kicker Joseph Petrino booted a 26-yard field goal to break the shutout.