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[Live Blog] Penn State vs. No. 2 Ohio State

Greetings from Beaver Stadium, Penn State fans! James Franklin’s Nittany Lions will play host to No. 2 Ohio State for their annual White Out on ABC. We’ll have live updates throughout tonight’s Big Ten showdown on this page, including analysis, photos, tweets, and more. The game will air live on Big Ten Network. Here’s the media information you’ll need and here are our staff predictions.

Fourth Quarter

1:02 — McSorley took three knees and that was all she wrote. Fans stormed the field at Beaver Stadium as the Nittany Lions upset No. 2 Ohio State. Thanks for following along.

4:21 — The Buckeyes threatened with a prolonged drive, but back-to-back sacks were enough to spoil Ohio State’s hopes of a comeback. The Nittany Lions took over on downs at the Ohio State 23.

9:33 — Ohio State didn’t mind slowing things down on its next drive. Tyler Durbin’s field goal attempt from 45 yards out was blocked by Marcus Allen and returned 60 yards for a Penn State touchdown by Grant Haley. 24-21 Nittany Lions with 4:27 to go.

11:42 — Though the Nittany Lions couldn’t find the end zone, they managed to cut Ohio State’s lead to 21-17 thanks to a 34-yard field goal from Tyler Davis.

13:32 — Ohio State went three yards in three plays before bringing out the punt team. True freshman linebacker Cam Brown came up with a huge block to give Penn State the ball at the Buckeyes’ 20-yard line.

15:00 — Gregg Garrity called for a fair catch at the Penn State 10-yard line to open the fourth quarter. The Nittany Lions felt the urgency right away. McSorley led the offense on a quick five-play, 90-yard drive that culminated in a two-yard quarterback keeper for the touchdown. 21-14 Buckeyes with 13:32 to go.

Third Quarter

2:08 — The Buckeyes started the drive from their own 44-yard line and would soon reach Penn State territory. They were looking at fourth and nine from the Nittany Lion 44 as time expired in the third quarter.

4:03 — This is starting to get familiar. Penn State goes three-and-out once more, forcing Gillikin on to punt.

8:26 — Ohio State returned the free kickoff to its own 45-yard line. Thankfully the Buckeyes couldn’t manage to get much going as Urban Meyer elected to punt it away on fourth and three from the Penn State 43-yard line to the seven.

10:10 — Another drive, another three-and-out. The snap sailed well over Gillikin’s head and into the end zone, but he was able to recover the ball for a safety rather than concede an Ohio State touchdown. 21-7 Buckeyes.

alexbauer-588711:34 — On the third play of the drive, Curtis Samuel went 74 yards to the house to give the Buckeyes a 19-7 lead with 10:10 left in the third quarter.

12:53 — Penn State unfortunately couldn’t get much going on offense itself, punting the ball back after four plays to the Ohio State 18-yard line.

15:00 — The Buckeyes went -6 yards on their first three plays from scrimmage to start the half. Gregg Garrity picked up a bouncing punt and took it a few yards to the Penn State 39.

Second Quarter

:04 — Ohio State handed the ball to Mike Weber as time expired. 12-7 Ohio State heading into the half.

1:09: — Penn State finally broke through just before the half, as McSorley marched the Nittany Lions down to the Ohio State red zone. McSorley hit Chris Godwin on a fade in the right corner of the end zone from 20 yards out to make it 12-7 Buckeyes.

3:36 — Barrett made a few Nittany Lions look silly on an incredible 19-yard gain that seemed destined for a sack. Ohio State would add to its lead on a 30-yard field goal from Durbin to make it 12-0 with 1:13 to play before the break.

4:48 — Penn State went six yards on three plays and would have to punt the ball away to the Ohio State 49.

10:02 — The Buckeyes orchestrated by far the longest drive of the game to this point, chewing up over five minutes of clock on their way to a 26-yard touchdown pass from Barrett to Marcus Baugh. Tyler Durbin hooked his PAT left, though, making it 9-0 Ohio State with 4:53 to play before the half.



11:47 — McSorley called his own number on a nifty gain up the middle to move chains, but Penn State would bring out the punting unit once more after five plays. Dontre Wilson called for a fair catch at the Buckeyes’ 22-yard line.

13:30 — Behind huge performances from Brandon Bell and Jason Cabinda in their returns, Penn State’s defense delivered once more, holding the Buckeyes to six plays and 22 yards. Gregg Garrity returned the punt a handful of yards to the Penn State 17.

14:48 — The Penn State offense struggled on its way to another three-and-out. Gillikin’s punt was defended beautifully by backup corner Garrett Taylor, who stuffed the Buckeyes at their own 11-yard line.

15:00 — Tyler Durbin hit the field goal to make it 3-0 Buckeyes :12 seconds into the second quarter. Penn State took the kickoff back to its own 35-yard line. The offense went three-and-out, however, forcing Gillikin onto the field for another punt.

First Quarter

:38 — Barrett and the Buckeyes started from the Penn State 16-yard line. They would settle for a 33-yard field goal. The Nittany Lions were the first team to hold Ohio State scoreless in any quarter this year.

2:48 — Penn State’s defense came up clutch with another three-and-out, but Reid would muff a punt return of his own and the Buckeyes took over.

alexbauer-57196:05 — Trace McSorley led another solid drive into Ohio State territory, but the Nittany Lions couldn’t keep things going past the 40-yard line. Gillikin came on to punt again, but the muff was recovered by the Buckeyes.

7:56 — Penn State’s defense came up big with a three-and-out to stifle the Buckeye offense for the second series in a row. Cameron Johnston booted it to Reid, who picked up a few yards to the Penn State 24.

8:40 — The Nittany Lions couldn’t get much going on their next series, traveling 13 yards on five plays before freshman Blake Gillikin came on to punt it away.

alexbauer-569711:16 — The Buckeyes converted a pair of third downs before their first drive stalled at their own 27-yard line. John Reid would call for the fair catch at the Penn State 39.

15:00 — Penn State won the coin toss and elected to receive. The Nittany Lions drove all the way to the Ohio State 21-yard line before being forced to kick a 39-yard field goal. Tyler Davis’ attempt was blocked, but the Buckeyes drew an illegal block below the waist on the play and would start from their own four-yard line.


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Ethan Kasales

Ethan’s a senior journalism major who grew up in Lemont, a few minutes from campus. When he’s not covering Penn State sports, you can usually find him golfing or teaching snowboarding at Tussey Mountain. Feel free to email him at [email protected]


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