Ohio State-ment

Chris Shutrump and Preston Oliver

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The second ranked Penn State Nittany Lions traveled to Columbus to take on sixth ranked Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 3:30 p.m. Penn State came into the game with arguably the best college football player in the country, Saquon Barkley. Before the game he had rushed for 757 yards and 8 touchdowns. Additionally he had three touchdown receptions and a kickoff return for a touchdown. The Buckeyes were lead by their redshirt senior quarterback J.T Barrett. Both teams would have their hands full against the opposing team.

The game started with Saquon Barkley returning the opening kick off for a touchdown. Shortly after, on their opening drive of the game, Ohio State’s Parris Campbell fumbled and Penn State recovered it in Ohio State territory. Three plays later, Penn State’s junior quarterback Trace Mcsorley threw a 13 yard touchdown pass to receiver DaeSean Hamilton.

After answering with a field goal, Ohio State was looking to pick up some momentum. However their defense could not keep the Nittany Lions off the field.  Barkley wriggled through the Buckeye’s defense for a 36 yard score to make it 21-3. Needing a score to stay in the game, Ohio State came back with a JT Barrett touchdown pass to receiver Terry McLaurin, which cut the deficit 21-10.

Penn State wasn’t done yet. The Nittany Lions returned a squib kick to the Ohio State 23 yard line. McSorley later scored on a six yard touchdown run, due in part to a controversial interception by Safety Damon Webb called back due to pass interference. This made the score 28-10.

Ohio State was able to cut into Penn State’s lead at 28-17 making it an 11 point game at the break.

Ohio State opened the half with a drive that led to a 36 yard field goal, which made the score 28-20.

Finally, with a chance to get the ball back, Denzel Ward of Ohio State caught what appeared to be a momentum changing interception. He battled with Penn State’s DeAndre Thompkins in the end zone. However after reviewing the play, the refs confirmed it was a touchdown by Thompkins. This quieted the Shoe, with fans enthusiasm deflating.

The Buckeyes needed some sort of miracle to win the game. Johnnie Dixon came up big for the Bucks in the fourth quarter. He tallied  two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, the first was a 38 yard catch and run to make the score 35-27 with 11:22 remaining in the game. Now all Ohio State needed was a stop. But again Penn State responded. They added a field goal to make it 38-27 with 6:14 left. Ohio State wasn’t ready to quit yet either. Barrett lead the Buckeyes into Penn State territory, and delivered a beautiful ten yard fade pass to Dixon for his second touchdown.

After failing the first of two 2-point conversions, the score was 38-33.The Buckeye defense got another stop, and Barrett scored again on a 16 yard pass to Marcus Baugh with 1:48 left. That made the score 39-38. This was Barrett’s quarter and everyone knew that. He completed 13 out of 13 passes and helped shift the momentum for the Buckeyes. The defense came onto the field determined to win this game for Barrett, and the entire fan base. They forced an incomplete pass by Mcsorley on fourth and 15, and the celebration began in Columbus, as the fans stormed the field. Ohio State would claim first place in the Big Ten East.