None of it seemed possible with 5:42 remaining.

None of it. Not Ohio State assistant coaches packing into elevator, smiling, hugging, screaming "Just battle! Just battle!" as the doors closed and their feet slammed into the floor. Not the chorus of "Sweet Caroline" ringing in the late-October air of Ohio Stadium behind a crowd of 109,302 screaming "So good! So good! So good!" into the deep blue night. Not with No. 2 Penn State taking control of No. 6 Ohio State for a 38-27 late in the fourth quarter of what became the thriller that sends college football into the final month of the regular season.

"Wow."

That's how Ohio State coach Urban Meyer opened his postgame news conference about a half-hour after a thrilling 39-38 victory against the Nittany Lions. It's a game he admitted was one of a kind in his 31 years of coaching. Then, Meyer asked the question everybody might still be asking Monday.

"What the heck happened?"

Meyer knows the answer. We all do now. Fifth-year senior quarterback J.T. Barrett happened.