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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
• 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.