Oct. 9, 2005

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Attendance: 109,839 Ohio State fullback Stan White, Jr., caughtthe first pass of his career in the first quarter, an 11-yard gainfor a first down. The play came during Ohio State’s first scoringdrive, a 12-play, 44-yard effort, to give OSU an early 3-0 lead.Freshman punter A.J. Trapasso’s 60-yard second quarter punt was acareer long. His previous best was a 53-yarder vs. Iowa. BrandonSchnittker’s 7-yard option carry in the second quarter was a careerlong. His previous long was a 5-yarder earlier this year vs. Iowa.Ohio State’s 7-minute, 13 second quarter touchdown drive (10 run byTroy Smith) was the most time-consuming scoring drive for theBuckeyes in 2005. The 81 yards traveled tied a season high for theBuckeyes on a scoring drive. Smith’s 10-yard TD run gives him aleast one rushing TD in three-consecutive games for a total of fiveon the year (two each vs. SDSU and Iowa). Smith has reached theendzone via the rush in five of the last six games in which he hasplayed. Santonio Holmes made four grabs on the night vs. the Lions.He extended his current streak to 23-consecutive games with atleast two catches. Holmes moved into the Top 10 all time in careercatches. He owns the No. 7 spot with 109 career catches. He has1,643 career receiving yards, good for the No. 12 spot. A.J. Hawk’snine tackles give him 322 for his career, moving him into the No.10 spot all time at Ohio State for career tackles. He passed RandyGradishar, who from 1971-73 recorded 320 stops. For the106th-consecutive game, Ohio State scored at least one touchdown.The last time a Buckeye team was held without a touchdown was a13-9 loss to Michigan in the 1996 season. The 109,839 announcedattendance at Beaver Stadium is the second-largest crowd to witnessa PSU home game. The record is 110,753 vs. Nebraska in 2002. OhioState has played before 100,000 or more fans in six of the lastseven games and all five games this season (Alamo Bowl, 65,265,12/29/04). With the loss Saturday, Jim Tressel’s career mark movedto 178-70-2, including a 43-13 record at Ohio State. Since comingto Ohio State, Tressel is 16-7 against teams ranked in the Top 25.Tressel is 24-10 vs. Big Ten teams and 2-2 vs. Penn State at OhioState. Ohio State’s all-time mark as a Top 10 team is 281-68-9.Overall, Ohio State now is 382-123-14 as a team ranked in the APTop 25. Ohio State now is 110-99-12 vs. teams ranked in the AP Top25.

The game Saturday served as the 21st meeting between Penn State and Ohio State in the series that dates back to 1912. Penn State now leads the overall series, 11-10, including a 5-3 record in University Park.

In Big Ten play Ohio State is 419-162-24 since 1913.

Penn State Notes

Penn State has won eight consecutive games, dating back to lastseason, and has the nation’s third longest winning streak behindNo. 1 USC (27) and No. 2 Texas (12). Tonight’s attendance of109,839 is the second largest crowd in Beaver Stadium history. Onlythe crowd of 110,753 against Nebraska in September 2002 was larger.At 6-0, Penn State is the Big Ten’s first bowl eligible team and isthe only team unbeaten in conference play (3-0). The win improvedJoe Paterno’s career record to 349-116-3 in his 40th season ascoach. Penn State’s win over No. 6 Ohio State marks the highestranked opponent that the Nittany Lions have defeated since beatingNo. 4 ranked Arizona in the 1999 Pigskin Classic. In addition, itis the first top-ten team that Penn State has defeated since PSUbeat No. 8 Nebraska in 2002. With tonight’s win, Penn State hasdefeated ranked opponents in two consecutive games for the firsttime since beating No. 18 Ohio State and No. 16 Purdue in 1999. Thewin by the No. 16 Lions marks the first time that the lower rankedteam has won in the Penn State-Ohio State series since 1964, whenunranked Penn State beat No. 2 Ohio State 27-0 in Columbus. In 14of the previous 16 meetings since 1964, at least one team wasranked, with the higher-ranked team winning each time. The NittanyLion win tonight by 7 points marks the 10th time that games in thisseries have been decided by 10 points or less. Penn State and OhioState have each won five of those tight affairs. For the 11th timein 13 games since Penn State joined the Big Ten in 1993, the hometeam was victorious in the series. Penn State leads the series withOhio State, 11-10, snapping the Buckeyes’ three-game win streak inthe series. The last time Penn State won when having 11 or fewerfirst downs was at Purdue in 1999 (had 11). The last time PennState won when gaining 195 yards of total offense or less was whenthe Lions gained 162 yards in the 14-10 1987 Fiesta Bowl win overMiami. Penn State did not commit a turnover for the second straightcontest. It is the first time since having three consecutive gameswithout a turnover in 1995 (Rutgers, Wisconsin, Ohio State). PennState has scored 42 points off of 11 turnovers this season,including tonight’s touchdown in the second quarter. Tamba Halitied his career-high with three tackles for loss (minus-11 yards),including 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble late in the game, which wasrecovered by Scott Paxson. Paul Posluszny’s 14 tackles were hissecond-highest this season and third-highest of his career. ChrisHarrell’s 12 tackles were the second-highest of his career (14 vs.Iowa, 2002) Dan Connor’s 12 tackles were the second-highest of hiscareer (16 vs. Northwestern, 2004) Scott Paxson’s fumble recoveryin the fourth quarter was the first of his career. Calvin Lowry’ssecond quarter interception was his second of the season and theseventh of his career. Freshman Jordan Norwood tied his season-highwith five catches (Northwestern). Linebacker Sean Lee saw his firstcareer action tonight, making him the seventh true freshman to playfor Penn State this season.