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Oct. 9, 2005

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Attendance: 109,839

 

Ohio State fullback Stan White, Jr., caught the first pass ofhis career in the first quarter, an 11-yard gain for a first down.The play came during Ohio State’s first scoring drive, a 12-play,44-yard effort, to give OSU an early 3-0 lead.

 

Freshman punter A.J. Trapasso’s 60-yard second quarter punt wasa career long. His previous best was a 53-yarder vs. Iowa.

 

Brandon Schnittker’s 7-yard option carry in the second quarterwas a career long. His previous long was a 5-yarder earlier thisyear vs. Iowa.

 

Ohio State’s 7-minute, 13 second quarter touchdown drive (10run by Troy Smith) was the most time-consuming scoring drive forthe Buckeyes in 2005. The 81 yards traveled tied a season high forthe Buckeyes on a scoring drive.

 

Smith’s 10-yard TD run gives him a least one rushing TD inthree-consecutive games for a total of five on the year (two eachvs. SDSU and Iowa). Smith has reached the endzone via the rush infive of the last six games in which he has played.

 

Santonio Holmes made four grabs on the night vs. the Lions. Heextended his current streak to 23-consecutive games with at leasttwo catches. Holmes moved into the Top 10 all time in careercatches. He owns the No. 7 spot with 109 career catches. He has1,643 career receiving yards, good for the No. 12 spot. A.J. Hawk’snine tackles give him 322 for his career, moving him into the No.10 spot all time at Ohio State for career tackles. He passed RandyGradishar, who from 1971-73 recorded 320 stops.

 

For the 106th-consecutive game, Ohio State scored at least onetouchdown. The last time a Buckeye team was held without atouchdown was a 13-9 loss to Michigan in the 1996 season.

 

The 109,839 announced attendance at Beaver Stadium is thesecond-largest crowd to witness a PSU home game. The record is110,753 vs. Nebraska in 2002. Ohio State has played before 100,000or more fans in six of the last seven games and all five games thisseason (Alamo Bowl, 65,265, 12/29/04).

 

With the loss Saturday, Jim Tressel’s career mark moved to178-70-2, including a 43-13 record at Ohio State.

 

Since coming to Ohio State, Tressel is 16-7 against teamsranked in the Top 25.

 

Tressel is 24-10 vs. Big Ten teams and 2-2 vs. Penn State atOhio State.

 

Ohio State’s all-time mark as a Top 10 team is 281-68-9.Overall, Ohio State now is 382-123-14 as a team ranked in the APTop 25. Ohio State now is 110-99-12 vs. teams ranked in the AP Top25.

MATCHUP/SERIES INFORMATION
The game Saturday served as the 21st meeting between Penn State and Ohio State in the series that dates back to 1912. Penn State now leads the overall series, 11-10, including a 5-3 record in University Park.

In Big Ten play Ohio State is 419-162-24 since 1913.

Penn State Notes

Penn State has won eight consecutive games, dating back to lastseason, and has the nation’s third longest winning streak behindNo. 1 USC (27) and No. 2 Texas (12).

 

Tonight’s attendance of 109,839 is the second largest crowd inBeaver Stadium history. Only the crowd of 110,753 against Nebraskain September 2002 was larger.

 

At 6-0, Penn State is the Big Ten’s first bowl eligible teamand is the only team unbeaten in conference play (3-0).

 

The win improved Joe Paterno’s career record to 349-116-3 inhis 40th season as coach.

 

Penn State’s win over No. 6 Ohio State marks the highest rankedopponent that the Nittany Lions have defeated since beating No. 4ranked Arizona in the 1999 Pigskin Classic. In addition, it is thefirst top-ten team that Penn State has defeated since PSU beat No.8 Nebraska in 2002.

 

With tonight’s win, Penn State has defeated ranked opponents intwo consecutive games for the first time since beating No. 18 OhioState and No. 16 Purdue in 1999.

 

The win by the No. 16 Lions marks the first time that the lowerranked team has won in the Penn State-Ohio State series since 1964,when unranked Penn State beat No. 2 Ohio State 27-0 in Columbus. In14 of the previous 16 meetings since 1964, at least one team wasranked, with the higher-ranked team winning each time.

 

The Nittany Lion win tonight by 7 points marks the 10th timethat games in this series have been decided by 10 points or less.Penn State and Ohio State have each won five of those tightaffairs.

 

For the 11th time in 13 games since Penn State joined the BigTen in 1993, the home team was victorious in the series.

 

Penn State leads the series with Ohio State, 11-10, snappingthe Buckeyes’ three-game win streak in the series.

 

The last time Penn State won when having 11 or fewer firstdowns was at Purdue in 1999 (had 11).

 

The last time Penn State won when gaining 195 yards of totaloffense or less was when the Lions gained 162 yards in the 14-101987 Fiesta Bowl win over Miami.

 

Penn State did not commit a turnover for the second straightcontest. It is the first time since having three consecutive gameswithout a turnover in 1995 (Rutgers, Wisconsin, Ohio State).

 

Penn State has scored 42 points off of 11 turnovers thisseason, including tonight’s touchdown in the second quarter.

 

Tamba Hali tied his career-high with three tackles for loss(minus-11 yards), including 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble late inthe game, which was recovered by Scott Paxson.

 

Paul Posluszny’s 14 tackles were his second-highest this seasonand third-highest of his career.

 

Chris Harrell’s 12 tackles were the second-highest of hiscareer (14 vs. Iowa, 2002)

 

Dan Connor’s 12 tackles were the second-highest of his career(16 vs. Northwestern, 2004)

 

Scott Paxson’s fumble recovery in the fourth quarter was thefirst of his career.

 

Calvin Lowry’s second quarter interception was his second ofthe season and the seventh of his career.

 

Freshman Jordan Norwood tied his season-high with five catches(Northwestern).

 

Linebacker Sean Lee saw his first career action tonight, makinghim the seventh true freshman to play for Penn State this season.