Having thought about the Northwestern win a bit more, my take is that Penn State jammed all of the sub-par play Ohio State exhibited in its back-to-back losses to Maryland (1-3 at College Park Ohio State vs Maryland Box Score ) and to Indiana (2-3 in Columbus Indiana vs Ohio State Box Score) into one set (Notorious Set 2) in a match it nevertheless won. Given only those two options, I vote for option #2
Bravo to the team and coaches. Some would have been crushed by the second set, but this team showed its grit and determination. They persevered and pulled out a win. Speaks highly of everyone involved and brings a smile to my face. We Are Penn State.