COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State (11-0, 8-0) jumped out to a 21-0 lead and withstood a second half Penn State (9-2, 6-2) rally to win 28-17 Saturday at Ohio Stadium.
The Buckeyes racked up 417 yards of offense, 229 on the ground. The Ohio State defense held Penn State to 227 yards of total offense, 99 rushing.
Defensively, linebackers Pete Werner and Malik Harrison helped lead the way with 10 and nine tackles, respectively. Eight of Werner’s were solo stops. Defensive end Chase Young had three sacks, four tackles-for-loss, nine total stops and two forced fumbles on the afternoon.
The Buckeyes finish the regular season at noon next Saturday vs. Michigan in Ann Arbor. The game will be carried live on FOX.
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On its initial possession, Ohio State drove 91 yards, all on the ground, on 13 plays to score with 7:08 left on the first-quarter clock to take a 7-0 lead. Dobbins rushed for 56 yards on the opening drive while Fields covered 35 yards on the ground.
Ohio State’s defense, behind a combined sack recorded by Young and Baron Browning, forced Penn State to punt from its 5 in the Nittany Lions next possession. The half sack by Young tied him for the Ohio State single season record of 14 set in 2007 by Vernon Gholston.
Starting from the Penn State 45, the Buckeyes went primarily to the pass during a drive the culminated in what was originally a 5-yard Fields touchdown run. The play was reviewed and the ball awarded to Penn State after it was determined Fields fumbled prior to crossing the goal line. The Nittany Lions recovered and took possession on its 20 following the touchback.
🔊 Dobbins puts the Buckeyes on top from four yards out
Faced with a fourth and 5 from the PSU 26, the Buckeyes kept the offense on the field. Fields then called his own number and rushed 22 yards to the Penn State 4 and the first down. Ohio State faced another decision on fourth and goal from the PSU 1 when the Nittany Lions called timeout.
Dobbins then took the ball over the right side into the endzone for the 1-yard touchdown to make it 14-0 Buckeyes with two minutes remaining in the first half. The drive covered 48 yards on 11 plays.
The Buckeyes posted 255 yards of offense in the first half while the Nittany Lions managed 64, 11 on the ground. Fields was 10 of 14 through the air for 108 yards while also rushing for 59 yards on 11 carries. Dobbins finished the half with 89 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns.
🔊 Dobbins pounds it in on fourth down for a 14-0 OSU advantage
On the opening drive of the second half, Ohio State drove 75 yards on 10 plays to take a 21-0 lead after a 24-yard touchdown pass from Fields to Hill with 11:31 left in the quarter.
Dobbins also went over the 100-yard mark rushing for the game during the drive. He carried for 35 yards before Fields found Hill in the left corner of the endzone.
Penn State answered Ohio State’s third quarter touchdown with one of its own on an 18-yard score with 8:19 left in the quarter to make it 21-7 Buckeyes.
Ohio State fumbled on its first snap from scrimmage on its next possession. Penn State took over on the OSU 12 and scored two plays later on a 1-yard run to make it 21-14 Buckeyes with just under eight minutes remaining in the third.
Ohio State fumbled again on its next possession, giving the Nittany Lions the ball on the OSU 35. The defense held for the Buckeyes, forcing the Lions to attempt and make a 42-yard field goal to make it 21-17 Buckeyes.
Following the Penn State touchdown, Ohio State was able to flip the field with Drue Chrisman punt downed at the 11-yard line and a near safety TFL by Young. On the ensuing possession, the Buckeyes took over on the plus-side on the 50 and completed a 44-yard drive with a spectacular throw and catch combo between Fields and Olave from 28 yards out and a 28-17 advantage.
Following Olave’s score, Penn State was driving when Justin Hilliard intercepted Penn State backup quarterback Will Levis at the OSU 20 to help secure the Ohio State win.
🔊 Chris Olave makes spectacular snag to snap Penn State scoring run