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No. 1 Ohio State beats Penn State 38-10

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J.T. Barrett ran for two red-zone touchdowns in the first half and threw for a pair of scores in the second, as the top-ranked Buckeyes ran away from Penn State 38-10 on Saturday night.

Facing its biggest challenge of the season, Penn State traveled to Columbus, Ohio, to take on the No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes under the bright lights of Ohio Stadium Saturday night.

Penn State responded well to begin the game, forcing an OSU three-and-out. After getting the ball, the Nittany Lions wasted no time going on the attack as Akeel Lynch took the first carry for 11 yards and Christian Hackenberg completed a slant to Chris Godwin for 45 yards, which put the team in scoring position.

The Buckeyes defense tightened up, however, forcing a 33-yard field goal by Joey Julius that put PSU up 3-0 with 11:36 remaining in the first quarter.

The defense continued to put the pressure on OSU, but the offense struggled to take advantage of opportunities. Penn State got the ball back with 6:18 remaining and worked its way toward midfield, but a drop by wide-open tight end Mike Gesicki squandered a big play opportunity, as did a holding penalty that eliminated a 44-yard Saquon Barkley touchdown run. The drive came to end when Ohio State’s Joey Bosa bull rushed through the right tackle to take down Hackenberg on third-and-8.

The OSU offense finally awoke, marching 70 yards in 10 plays to take a 7-3 lead on a 5-yard J.T. Barrett touchdown run with 13:47 remaining in the second quarter. Things only got worse from there, as Penn State’s offense stalled on the ensuing position, and a shanked punt allotted the Buckeyes with field position in Penn State territory.

Two big runs by Braxton Miller and a 10-yard Ezekiel Elliott touchdown run later, OSU found itself up 14-3 with just over nine minutes to go in the half.  A good kickoff return from Brandon Polk gave the Nittany Lions favorable field position at their own 35-yard-line, and that was further amplified by a runs of 14 and 18 yards by Barkley. The positive plays ended there as Hackenberg and company stalled yet again, failing to convert on fourth-and-8 from the Ohio State 31.

The Buckeyes wasted no time getting back to work, as four runs for a combined 35 yards by Elliott and a 17-yard run from Miller quickly put them back into the PSU redzone. From there, Barrett tucked it once again and scampered 13 yards in the endzone to make it 21-3 OSU with 3:23 remaining in the half.

The ensuing drive bore no fruit, resulting in a punt. OSU chewed the clock down and went into halftime with a commanding 18-point lead.

Needing a spark coming out of halftime, the Nittany Lions got just that in the form of 56-yard Godwin catch and run deep into OSU territory. After Barkley bit off another 10-plus-yard chunk, Hackenberg finished the drive with an 8-yard pass to DaeSean Hamilton to cut the Buckeyes’ lead down to 21-10 with 14:07 remaining.

Both defenses stiffened throughout the rest of the third, resulting OSU maintaining its 10-point lead into the final quarter.

Despite another slashing run by Barrett that brought OSU into the Penn State redzone, PSU’s defense hung tough and held it to a field goal, bringing the score to 24-10 with 12:58 remaining.

With the ball back in its possession, PSU once again rode on the back of Barkley, and it paid off as he took the first carry of the drive 56 yards to the Ohio State 21. Hackenberg once again undermined the drive, however, taking a sack on fourth-and-2 from the OSU 15.

From there, OSU began to impose its will through the ground game, grinding its way down the field with a mix of runs from Barrett and Elliott, who both went over the century mark during the contest. After a 21-yard completion to Curtis Samuel and a short run by Elliott put the Buckeyes at the PSU 5, Barrett completed a jump pass to Miller to put OSU up 31-10 with 6:25 remaining.

The following drive ended prematurely for PSU when Hackenberg again took another sack, resulting in a fumble that OSU recovered at the PSU 22. Three plays later, Barrett tossed his second touchdown in as many drives to Michael Thomas to make it 38-10 with 4:14 left.

PSU punted after another three-and-out, and the Buckeyes proceeded to run the clock out to win 38-10 and remain undefeated on the year.

Barkley was a bright spot for Penn State, running 26 times for 194 yards, the second-most amount of yards gained on the ground against Ohio State since 2000. Hackenberg completed just 6 of 12 passes for 120 yards and one score.

For Ohio State, Elliott turned in his 12th straight 100-yard rushing performance after recording 153 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries. Barrett, who played more than Cardale Jones in the second half, completing all four of his passes for 30 yards and two touchdowns while recording 102 yards on the ground and two more scores.

The Nittany Lions will look to rebound next week against the 2-4 Maryland Terrapins at College Park, while the Buckeyes will look to continue their winning ways against Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J.

Pittien

Heroic performance and better team spirit lead to get the no.1 position for the Ohio State. Nice play by J.T. Barrett. Excited for the next season.

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