November 20, 2019

This is Game Week: Buckeyes Host Penn State in Home Finale

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THE BASICS

No. 9 Penn State vs. No. 2 Ohio State • Saturday, Nov. 23 • When: Noon • Where: Ohio Stadium • TV: FOX • Play by Play: Gus Johnson • Analyst: Joel Klatt • Sidelines: Jenny Taft

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21

Ohio State vs. Penn State Trailer


J.K. DOBBINS NAMED A DOAK WALKER AWARD SEMIFINALIST

Junior running back J.K. Dobbins, who is currently fourth nationally in rushing yards, fifth in rushing average and second in yards per carry, has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award, the PwC SMU Athletic Forum announced today.

Three finalists for the award will be named Monday, November 25. The Doak Walker Award national selection committee will cast a second vote to select the 2019 award recipient. The 2019 Doak Walker Award recipient will be announced live on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, December 12 on ESPN.



BUCKEYE BREAKDOWN: NO. 2 OHIO STATE VS. NO. 8 PENN STATE


📸 COLLEGE GAMEDAY THROUGH THE YEARS

Brutus Buckeye and Lee Corso have been a match made in college football heaven for the last 24 seasons. In fact, it was the very matchup this Saturday between Penn State and Ohio State that the very tradition of Coach Corso donning mascot heads at the conclusion of each show debuted.

Oct 5, 1996 pitted the No. 4 ranked Nittany Lion and the No. 3 Buckeyes. Corso correctly predicted the eventual Ohio State (38-7) victory with the inception of the tradition rehashed each fall Saturday since.


RYAN DAY PRESS CONFERENCE – MIDWEEK UPDATE VS. NO. 8 PENN STATE

Ryan Day Midweek Presser vs. Penn State

🏈🎥 Ryan Day Press Conference: Midweek Update vs. Penn State, presented by OSUCCC-James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute | #GoBucks

Posted by Ohio State Buckeyes on Thursday, November 21, 2019

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20

CHASE YOUNG A BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY FINALIST

Ohio State junior defensive end Chase Young is one of five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, presented annually to the nation’s top defensive player by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club.


Quick Quotes Previewing Penn State

Branden Bowen, OL

On his emotions for the Penn State game and Senior Day:

I don’t think I’ll think about it too much. Especially in the big games, coming into Wisconsin I thought the same thing. Just getting around my guys, I’m really happy to be there and excited for the opportunity to go against such great defenses and such great teams…It’s definitely going to be crazy. It’s been a long journey.

On what it’s meant to come back after his injury:

I couldn’t have dreamed of a better senior year.  I’ve never been around a group of guys that have been so fun to be around. On the field, a lot of time we’re smiling, we’re laughing, we’re having fun no matter what’s happening. We never fight, we talk things through. It’s been fun to be around those guys and develop that sense of brotherhood that even I haven’t felt in my five years here to that level.

 

 

 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19

Ryan Day Press Conference: Penn State Preview

�Ryan Day press conference to preview Penn State

🏈🎥 Ryan Day Press Conference: Penn State Preview, presented by OSUCCC-James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute | #GoBucks

Posted by Ohio State Buckeyes on Tuesday, November 19, 2019

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18

UNPRECEDENTED THREE NATIONAL PREGAME SHOWS ON SITE FOR OSU-PSU

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The area around Ohio Stadium will be as wired for sight, sound and excitement Saturday morning as it can possibly get with regard to television pregame and tailgate shows. This week, all three of the Big Ten Conference television network providers will broadcast their respective pregame shows in and around Ohio Stadium in front of the huge noon kickoff between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 9 Penn State.

  • FOX’s BIG NOON KICKOFF, featuring former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, will be live and on the air from two locations: from 10 a.m. to 11 near the “Victory Bell” tower at Ohio Stadium; and from 11 a.m. until noon inside Ohio Stadium in the southwest corner of the field. Meyer is joined on set by host Rob Stone, Dublin, Ohio’s own Brady Quinn and former USC greats Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart.
  • ESPN’s College GameDay will broadcast from the campus of Ohio State University for a GameDay record 19th time. The show will originate at 9 a.m. from the south lawn area in front of St. John Arena and it will be Ohio State’s 46th game at a GameDay site, the second-most among all college programs. The show is hosted by Reece Davis and features former Buckeye captain and alum Kirk Herbstreit along with Lee Corso, Desmond Howard, David Pollack and Maria Taylor.
  • BTN Tailgate, the home for Big Ten Conference football fans, will broadcast adjacent to the southeast “Victory Bell” tower at Ohio Stadium along the walkway to the RPAC beginning at 10 a.m. The show is hosted by Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and Michelle McMahon.


Ohio State vs. Penn State Preview


One of the Big Ten’s traditional marquee matchups takes place Saturday in Ohio Stadium as Ohio State and Penn State tangle in a late-season showdown that will significantly shape the Big Ten East Division title race.

Two of the nation’s top defenses will be on display. The Buckeyes lead the nation in both total defense (216.4 yards/game), passing defense (126.0 yards/game) and scoring defense (9.8 points/game) while Penn State is No. 4 in rushing defense (75.9 yards/game) and No. 17 in total defense (316.2 yards/game).

Saturday is the 35th all-time meeting between Ohio State and Penn State with the Buckeyes holding a 19-14 edge in the series. The Buckeyes have won six of nine games when both teams are ranked in the top 10, including each of the last two meetings.


Salute to our Seniors

Prior to kickoff on Saturday, Ohio State will honor 26 seniors who will be playing in their final game at Ohio Stadium. The group includes seven fifth-year seniors.

This year’s group has 46-5 over the last four years, 24-3 against Big Ten opponents and won back to back conference titles in 2017 and 2018.

The seniors honored pregame will be:

  • RB Amari McMahon (Dublin, Ohio)
  • P Jake Metzer (Doylestown, Pa.)
  • TE Derrick Malone (Dayton, Ohio)
  • TE Brock Davin (Cincinnati, Ohio)
  • DAF Owen Fankhauser (Stow, Ohio)
  • LB Logan Hittle (Nashport, Ohio)
  • DL Noah Donald (Uniontown, Ohio)
  • OL Brandon Pahl (Cutler, Ohio)
  • OL Kevin Woidke (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • LS Liam McCullough (Columbus, Ohio)
  • QB Chris Chugunov (Skillman, N.J.)
  • OL Jonah Jackson (Media, Pa.)
  • TE/DE Rashod Berry (Lorain, Ohio)
  • OL Joshua Alabi (Detroit, Mich.)
  • DT DaVon Hamilton (Pickerington, Ohio)
  • LB Malik Harrison (Columbus, Ohio)
  • DT Jashon Cornell (St. Paul, Minn.)
  • WR Binjimen Victor (Pompano Beach, Fla.)
  • WR C.J. Saunders (Dublin, Ohio)
  • DT Robert “BB” Landers (Dayton, Ohio)
  • OL Branden Bowen (Draper, Utah)
  • WR Austin Mack (Fort Wayne, Ind.)
  • CB Damon Arnette (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
  • DE Jonathon Cooper (Gahanna, Ohio)
  • SAF Jordan Fuller (Old Tappan, N.J.)
  • WR K.J. Hill (Little Rock, Ark.).

 

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17

Sunday Lookahead: Ohio State vs. Penn State


 

Notes to Know


• The last three games between Penn State and Ohio State have been decided by a total of five points: a three-point PSU win in 2016 followed by back to back one-point wins by Ohio State in 2017 and 2018.

• Running back J.K. Dobbins is fourth in the nation in rushing yards and 14th in yards/attempt despite registering only 42 second-half carries through the first 10 games this season.

• Ohio State and Penn State will be meeting for the 10th time in series history when both teams are ranked in the top 10. The Buckeyes have won six of the nine previous top-10 matchups.

• K.J. Hill had a career-high 12 receptions in a 39-38 win over the Nittany Lions in 2017 and caught the game-winning TD pass last year in a 27-26 come-from-behind victory.

• Justin Fields ranks third in the nation in points responsible for with 246, fourth in passing efficiency at 191.8 and fourth with 31 TD passes. His 41 total touchdowns accounted for is second only to Jalen Hurts of Oklahoma, despite having 86 less plays.