October 30, 2021

Buckeyes Outlast Nittany Lions, 33-24


COLUMBUS, Ohio – TreVeyon Henderson rushed for 152 yards on 28 carries while C.J. Stroud completed 22 of 34 passes for 305 yards with one touchdown to lead the No. 5 Buckeyes (7-1, 5-0) to a 33-24 win over No. 20 Penn State (5-3, 2-3) Saturday at Ohio Stadium.

Leading 30-24 with 2:41 remaining in the game, Noah Ruggles made his fourth field goal of the game, a 26-yard boot, to put the Buckeyes ahead by two scores to secure the win.

Ruggles was successful from 35, 23, 25 and 26-yards out on the night.

Ohio State 3 | Penn State 7

Ohio State fumbled on its first possession but quickly made up for the miscue by forcing a Penn State fumble on the Nittany Lions first play from scrimmage. Marcus Williamson forced the fumble and Haskell Garrett made the recovery at the Ohio State 47. The Buckeyes were not able to take advantage and pinned Penn State on its 11 after a 27-yard Jesse Mirco punt. The Nittany Lions then drove 89 yards on 13 players and scored on a 5-yard TD pass from Sean Clifford to Brenton Strange with 6:08 left in the opening quarter. C.J. Stroud settled in on Ohio State’s ensuing possession and directed the Buckeyes to the Penn State 18 where Noah Ruggles booted a 35-yard field goal to make it 7-3 Penn State with just over two minutes to play. Garrett Wilson had 29 yards receiving on the 11-play, 57-yard Ohio State scoring drive.

Ohio State 17 | Penn State 10

The Buckeyes punted on its first possession of the second quarter, pinning the Nittany lions on its 11 after a 35-yard Mirco boot.

Penn State drove to the Ohio State 43 and forced with a 4th-and-5, the Ohio State defense recorded its first sack of the game to take possession after an 8-yard loss to the PSU 49. J.T. Tuimoloau was credited with sack for the Buckeyes.

Another Mirco punt sent the Nittany Lions to their 11-yard line after a 37-yard kick. All three first half-punts by Mirco were to the Penn State 11.

Ohio State sacked Clifford again, this time Lathan Ransom was credited with the stop forcing a PSU punt.

The Buckeyes started from their 31 and Stroud orchestrated a 69-yard, five-play drive culminating with a 38-yard touchdown pass to Chris Olave to put the Buckeyes in the lead 10-7. It was Olave’s first reception of the game.

After the kickoff, Penn State drove to the Ohio State 47 before Clifford fumbled under pressure. Ohio State’s Jerron Cage scooped up the loose ball and rambled 57 yards for the touchdown to put the Buckeyes in the lead 17-7. Tyreke Smith forced the fumble at the OSU 43.

The Nittany Lions closed to within one score after a 47-yard field goal to make it 17-10 Buckeyes at the break.

🎥 Chris Olave 38-yard touchdown reception

🎥 Jerron Cage 57-yard scoop and score

Ohio State 27 | Penn State 24

Penn State started the second half with the ball and drove 75 yards on 12 plays to tie the game at 17-all following a 2-yard touchdown run by Jahan Dotson with 10:26 to play.

On the first play from the OSU 25 after the Penn State kickoff, Stroud connected with Jaxon Smith-Njigba for a 58-yard gain to the Penn State 17.

The Nittany Lion defense held forcing a 23-yard Ruggles field goal to end the seven-play, 69-yard scoring drive to give the Buckeyes a 20-17 lead.

TreVeyon Henderson took the first carry of the next Ohio State drive 68 yards to the PSU 3 and two plays later scored on a 1-yard run to give the Buckeyes the 27-17 lead with 3:35 left in the quarter.

Penn State responded with an 11-play, 75-yard scoring drive ending with a 1-yard Keyvone Lee run to cut Ohio State’s lead to 27-24 entering the final quarter.

🎥 TreVeyon Henderson touchdown run

Ohio State 33 | Penn State 24

Leading 27-24 after three quarters, the Buckeyes drove to the Penn State 13 but turned the ball over on downs after a 4th-and-3 incompletion with just under 13 minutes left to play.

Four plays later, Ohio State regained possession after Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford was intercepted by Cameron Brown at the Ohio State 47. Brown returned the pick to the Penn State 28 after the 25-yard return.

A Ruggles 25-yard field goal gave the Buckeyes a 30-24 lead with 7:12 to play.

Ohio State’s defense then forced the Nittany Lions to punt. The Buckeyes took possession with 5:55 to play on their 22 after a 48-yard kick.

After a couple big plays, a 30-yard reception by Jeremy Ruckert and a 22-yard rush by Henderson, Ohio State put the game away with Ruggles final field goal.

🎥 Cameron Brown interception

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