COLUMBUS, Ohio-The University of Southern California will travel to Columbus to take on the Buckeyes for a Sept. 12 prime-time matchup, Eugene Smith, Ohio State associate vice president/director of athletics, announced Friday.

The game will kickoff at 8 p.m. ET and will air on ESPN.

“We want to thank ABC/ESPN for making this announcement early so Buckeye fans can plan their schedules for this exciting matchup,” Smith said.

Ohio State is 6-2 in night games at Ohio Stadium and 32-15 overall when games kickoff after 5 p.m. ET (local time).

The Buckeyes last played a night contest at Ohio Stadium Oct. 25, 2008, a 13-6 loss to No. 3 Penn State.

Ohio State Night Games at Ohio Stadium
2008       vs. Penn State                     L 13-6
2005       vs. Texas                             L 25-22
2003       vs. Washington                   W 28-9
2001       vs. Northwestern                W 38-20
1999       vs. UCLA                              W 42-20
1997       vs. Wyoming                        W 24-10
1993       vs. Washington                   W 21-12
1985       vs. Pittsburgh                      W 10-7