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Penn State-Ohio State Clash Broke Fox Ratings Records

On a packed sports Saturday — one Fox paid a hefty price for — Penn State prevailed as one of the biggest college football draws of the 2017 season in its nail-biting loss to Ohio State.

The game was hyped along with the World Series all week long by Fox in its “Greatest Weekend Ever” campaign, and the promotions paid off after the showdown in Columbus turned in a 6.4 rating — the second best draw of the year thus far.

The only game that recorded a higher rating was the season-opening showdown against Florida State and Alabama at the debut of Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, which drew a 6.9.

Saturday’s game added a gem to the file of big games on Fox, which significantly helps the network’s college football credibility. Fox paid lots of money for the opportunity to broadcast games of this caliber, and so far, so good.

To boot with its seasonal rating success, the game was the highest-rated regular season game in Fox’s history. The statistics help boost the game’s claim as one of the season’s best.

Plus, we also got to hear some more fantastic calls from Gus Johnson all afternoon:

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David Abruzzese

David is a senior from Rochester, NY, nestled right in beautiful Western New York. He is majoring in Broadcast Journalism, and as an avid sports fan, he passionately supports the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. He is the first Penn Stater from his family, and couldn’t be prouder to represent Penn State University. In his free time, he likes to alpine ski, and play golf. You can follow him on Twitter @abruz11, and can contact him via email at [email protected].

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