#6 Ohio State vs. #2 Penn State
Saturday, October 28th, 2017, 3:30 p.m. ET
Ohio Stadium (104,955), Columbus, Ohio
Gus Johnson (Play-By-Play)
Joel Klatt (Analyst)
Jenny Taft (Sideline)
RADIO: WBNS (97.1 The Fan). The Urban Meyer pregame show airs 30 minutes prior to kickoff. Paul Keels will call the action with former Buckeye Jim Lachey and Matt Andrews on the sidelines.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Riding a five-game winning streak, No. 6 Ohio State returns to Ohio Stadium for the first time in three weeks to host undefeated and No. 2 Penn State in a key Big Ten East Division matchup. Kickoff is set for 3:35 p.m. with FOX televising. Gus Johnson and Joel Klatt will call the action with Jenny Taft providing sideline commentary.
Two weeks ago, the Buckeyes improved to 6-1 and 4-0 in the Big Ten with a 56-14 win at Nebraska that was keyed by the magnifi cent play of senior QB J.T. Barrett, who accounted for seven touchdowns (five passing, two rushing). In Ohio State’s current five-game winning streak, Barrett is completing 72 percent of his passes for 1,351 yards, 18 touchdowns and zero interceptions. With his help, Ohio State’s offense is averaging 619.0 yards and 53.1 points per game in that stretch. The Buckeyes’ defense has allowed just six off ensive touchdowns in the last five weeks and limited opponents to less than 250 yards of total offense per game. The unit is currently 11th nationally in scoring defense and 16th in total defense.
Ohio State and Penn State are meeting for the 32nd time and the 18th time in Columbus. The Buckeyes lead the all-time series 17-14. This will be the eighth time that the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions are facing each other as top 10 foes (Ohio State leads 4-3 in those games).
Setting the Stage: Buckeyes versus Nittany Lions
- Ohio State and Penn State both rank in the top 30 nationally in total offense, total defense and scoring defense.
- Head coach Urban Meyer has won 19 of 20 games at Ohio State in the month of October.
- The Buckeyes boast the nation’s No. 6 red zone defense, allowing touchdowns on just 10 of 17 attempts so far this season.
- J.T. Barrett has seven 300-yard passing games in his career, just one shy of tying Joe Germaine for the most in program history
- Ohio State won its 500th Big Ten game on Oct. 14 has an all-time Big Ten record of 500-173-24 in its 105th season for a winning pct. of .734.
- Kicker Sean Nuernberger established a new Big Ten record with his 142nd consecutive extra point made. His streak currently stands at 148.
- The Buckeyes are 37-3 at home since the start of the 2012 season.
- J.K. Dobbins’ 7.8 yards per carry is fourth best in the nation and No. 1 among freshmen.
- K.J. Hill has multiple receptions in six of seven games and has caught 21 passes for 224 yards and three touchdowns over the last five games
- Nick Bosa ranks 21st nationally and No. 12 among FBS players with 10 tackles-for-loss.
SCOUTING PENN STATE
Penn State, ranked No. 2 this week by both the Associated Press and Coaches Poll, comes to Columbus with a 7-0 record after last week’s 42-13 victory at Beaver Stadium over Michigan. Like the Buckeyes, the Nitany Lions are a balanced team, averaging 173.4 yards per game on the ground and 289.9 through the air.
Running back Saquon Barkley is the team’s leading rusher and receiver with averages of 108.1 yards/game rushing and 64.0 yards/ game receiving. He leads the nation with 211.1 all purpose yards/game. Quarterback Trace McSorley is completing 66.8 percent of his passes for 1,879 yards with 14 touchdowns and fi ve interceptions. DaeSean Hamilton ha da team-high 481 yards receiving and four touchdowns.
The Nittany Lions’ have the nation’s No. 1-ranked scoring defense, allowing an average of just 9.6 points per game. The linebacker position in led by senior Jason Cabinda, who is tied for eighth in the Big Ten with 53 total tackles. He’s added two sacks and four TFLs. As a unit, Penn State’s defense is allowing just 115.3 yard per game on the ground and has given up just nine touchdowns on the season.