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History Of College GameDay At Penn State-Ohio State Clashes

For the eighth time in the history of the show and the first time since 2010, College Gameday will broadcast from the site of a game between Penn State and Ohio State this Saturday. This will be the second consecutive week Penn State has played a part in the broadcast, following GameDay’s visit to Happy Valley last week for the 42-13 White Out win over Michigan.

The matchup between the Nittany Lions and the Buckeyes has proven to be a favorite of College Gameday over the years, as only Alabama vs. LSU has been covered more times by the show.

Here’s a look at the other Ohio State-Penn State clashes College GameDay has featured.

1996: No. 4 Penn State at No. 3 Ohio State

The first time the show broadcast from the scene of a matchup between the Nittany Lions and the Buckeyes was in 1996. Then-No. 4 Penn State traveled to Columbus to take on the No. 3 Buckeyes in a top five showdown.
Unfortunately for Penn State fans, the game did not live up to the hype, as the Buckeyes proved to be far too much for the Nittany Lions to handle, resulting in a 38-7 loss for Penn State.

1998: No. 7 Penn State at No. 1 Ohio State

Two years later in 1998, GameDay once again returned to Columbus for Penn State vs. Ohio State. The Nittany Lions came into the game ranked No. 7, while the Buckeyes were ranked No. 1. The matchup had all the makings of a potential classic showdown.

What ensued proved to be much less of a showdown, but rather a one-sided affair where the Buckeyes controlled the game from start to finish in a 28-9 whooping of the Nittany Lions. Ohio State out-gained Penn State 370-221 yards on the day, and only allowed nine first downs against the Nittany Lion offense.

2005: No. 16 Penn State vs. No. 6 Ohio State

It was another seven years before GameDay returned for a matchup between the Nittany Lions and the Buckeyes, this time in Happy Valley. Following a string of disappointing seasons, Joe Paterno’s resurgent Nittany Lions had reasserted themselves onto the national stage with a 5-0 start to the 2005 season. What Penn State needed most was a signature win to legitimize their hot start, and the No. 6 ranked Buckeyes were the perfect opponent to achieve that against.

In a smash-mouth defensive struggle that saw neither team gain more than 230 yards of total offense, it was rushing touchdowns from Michael Robinson and Derrick Williams that proved the difference in a hard-fought 17-10 win for the Nittany Lions. The win helped propel Penn State to a share of the Big Ten title that season.

2006: No. 24 Penn State at No. 1 Ohio State
2007: No. 24 Penn State vs. No. 1 Ohio State

GameDay returned for the Penn State-Ohio State match up once again in 2006 and 2007. Both times the Buckeyes soundly defeated the Nittany Lions, 28-6 and 37-17, respectively.

2008: No. 3 Penn State at No. 9 Ohio State

GameDay returned for the fourth year in a row for a highly anticipated top ten showdown between the No. 3 ranked Nittany Lions and the No. 9 ranked Buckeyes in 2008. Following the injury of quarterback Daryll Clark in the fourth quarter, back-up Pat Devlin came off the bench and led two scoring drives. The game was Penn State’s first victory in Columbus since 1978.

2010: Penn State at No. 7 Ohio State

The most recent visit from GameDay for a game between the Nittany Lions and the Buckeyes came in 2010. The unranked Nittany Lions jumped all over No. 9 ranked Buckeyes in the first half, taking a 14-3 lead into halftime. But Ohio State rebounded in the second half, as the Buckeyes pummeled Penn State en route to scoring 35 unanswered points in a 38-14 victory.

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Matthew Fox

Matt is a Senior from Lansdale Pennsylvania majoring in Broadcast Journalism. He loves sports, and is still patiently waiting for the Philadelphia Flyers to win a Stanley Cup. If you would ever like to reach out to Matt you can email him at [email protected]


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