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Oct. 24, 2017

Did You Know: Saturday will mark the eighth time Ohio State and Penn State will be meeting in a Top 10 matchup. The Buckeyes own a 4-3 record in those games and are up 17-14 in the series overall. The 2017 edition pits the No. 2-ranked Nittany Lions rolling into The Horseshoe to take on No. 6 Ohio State. The game kicks off at 3:30 p.m. (FOX-TV/WBNS-Ohio State Radio Network).

2008
No. 3 Penn State 13
No. 10 Ohio State 6
Ohio Stadium

Quite simply, this game was about two marvelous defensive squads punishing the opposing team’s offense. The contest ultimately flipped on a fourth-quarter turnover, the first of the game. Trailing 6-3, Penn State scored on a 1-yard run by backup quarterback Pat Devlin with 6:25 to play. The play capped a 38-yard drive that was set up after Terrelle Pryor fumbled on third-down as Mark Rubin punched the ball out the freshman’s grasp. Star linebacker Navorro Bowman recovered the ball at the Ohio State 38 and Devlin led them on seven plays to the deciding score.

Ohio State had two chances after the touchdown but it punted after its first chance. Penn State then used more than three minutes before Kevin Kelly connected on a 35-yard field goal to up the lead to 13-6.

1998
No. 1 Ohio State 28
No. 7 Penn State 9
Ohio Stadium

While both offenses were slowed by the daylong rain at The Horseshoe, the Buckeyes’ defense and special teams proved to be the difference-maker. In the first half, Ohio State linebacker Jerry Rudzinski recovered a Penn State fumble in the end zone and fellow LB Joe Cooper scooped up a second half blocked punt for the score that put the game out of reach for the Nittany Lions.

1997
No. 7 Ohio State 27
No. 2 Penn State 31
Beaver Stadium

Ohio State owned a 27-17 lead in the third quarter but could not hold off a home rally from the No. 2-ranked Nittany Lions as PSU scored the game’s final two touchdowns to claim a thriller in Happy Valley. Joe Germaine amassed 378 yards passing, the second-best total in Ohio State history. He added a pair of touchdowns, but the Buckeyes’ prowess through the air was matched by Penn State’s standout at running back – Curtis Enis – who chewed up 211 yards on the ground.

1996
No. 4 Penn State 7
No. 3 Ohio State 38
Ohio Stadium

The Buckeyes racked up 565 total yards in a thorough domination of the Nittany Lions, marking their third win in the last four year over PSU. Pepe Pearson rushed for 141 yards and a score to front the Buckeyes offensive attack. Ohio State held Penn State to just 74 yards in the first thirty minutes in jumping out to a 24-0 lead and never looking back.

1978
No. 5 Penn State 19
No. 6 Ohio State 0
Ohio Stadium

In the season-opener, Ohio State turned the ball over six times, including five interceptions as Penn State capitalized with four field goals and a short touchdown run. The Buckeyes suffered their first season-opening loss in 11 years.

1976
No. 2 Ohio State 12
No. 7 Penn State 7
Beaver Stadium

In front of a Beaver Stadium record crowd of 62,503, the Buckeyes muscled their way to a 12-7 road victory. Jeff Logan accounted for 160 of Ohio State’s 280 yards on the ground and OSU needed just one pass completion in the game to emerge victorious. The Buckeyes ran 72 offensive plays with 69 coming via the run.

1975
No. 7 Penn State 9
No. 3 Ohio State 17
Ohio Stadium

Archie Griffin and Pete Johnson each topped the 100-yard mark as Ohio State rumbled past Penn State with a ground attack total of 322 yards. The Buckeyes, who held Penn State out of the end zone limiting the Nittany Lions to field goals in each of the first three quarters, held just a one-point lead in the fourth quarter before Johnson’s second TD of the day from 11 yards out sealed the game with less than five minutes to play.