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No. 5 Ohio State survives against No. 20 Penn State in top-25 Big Ten football matchup

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How No. 5 Ohio State pulled away from No. 20 Penn State

Jerron Cage Ohio State's Jerron Cage scored on a fumble recovery for a touchdown.

In a top-25 Big Ten East matchup, Ohio State defeated Penn State 33-24.

The game opened in a crazy fashion, with back-to-back fumbles on each team's opening possession. After things calmed down, Penn State scored the game's first touchdown as QB Sean Clifford found TE Brenton Strange for a touchdown. That score would be the last lead for the Nittany Lions.

Ohio State scored 17-straight points to jump out to a 17-7 lead in the second quarter. Buckeye DT Jerron Cage returned a fumble for a touchdown, giving Ohio State its sixth defensive touchdown on the season. Penn State answered with a field goal to end the half 17-10.

The second half saw big plays from both teams, but field goals were the difference-maker. Penn State WR Jahan Dotson tied the game 17-17, running into the endzone from the wildcat formation. Later in the game, Ohio State RB TreVeyon Henderson continued his fantastic freshman campaign bursting out for a 68-yard run. Yet, Ohio State K Noah Ruggles' three second-half field goals would ultimately give the Buckeyes the nine points it needed to win the game.

Ohio State moves to 7-1 after picking up a key win with the first College Football Playoff rankings approaching Tuesday. Penn State falls to 5-3, losing its third-straight game.

3:24 am, October 31, 2021

Final Score: Ohio State 33, Penn State 24

No. 5 Ohio State defeats No. 20 Penn State 33-24.

See the stats from the game below

Final Stats
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Ohio State leads by 9! Ohio State 33, Penn State 24 | 2:41 4Q

A 26-yard Ohio State field goal pushes the Buckeye lead to nine with under three minutes to play. Penn State has zero timeouts remaining and needs two scores to win or tie the game.
2:56 am, October 31, 2021

Ohio State adds to lead! Ohio State 30, Penn State 24 | 4Q 07:12

Ohio State kicked a field goal in the red zone to push its lead over Penn State to six points. With a little over seven minutes remaining, Penn State needs a touchdown to tie the game.
2:47 am, October 31, 2021

Interception Buckeyes!

Ohio State Cameron Brown intercepts Penn State QB Sean Clifford. Brown returned the interception 25 yards to the Penn State 28 yards, giving the Buckeyes excellent field position.

2:41 am, October 31, 2021

The Nittany Lions do it again in the red zone!

Four red zone trips for Ohio State have led to just one touchdown, thanks to Penn State's defense. This time, on fourth down, Ohio State QB C.J. Stroud and WR Chris Olave couldn't connect in the end zone on a wide-open pass attempt.
2:34 am, October 31, 2021

The fourth quarter is here!

Ohio State leads Penn State 27-20 entering the fourth quarter. The Buckeyes will start the final period with the ball at their own 38-yard line.

See the stats through three quarters below

third quarter stats
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Penn State pulls within 3! Ohio State 27, Penn State 24 | 0:10 3Q

After an 11-play, 75 yard drive, Penn State RB Keyvone Lee scored on a one-yard touchdown run. The Nittany Lions now trail by three points with the fourth quarter approaching.

2:19 am, October 31, 2021

Henderson runs in for a score! Ohio State 27, Penn State 17 |

Ohio State RB TreVeyon Henderson scored on a one-yard touchdown run. Earlier in the drive, Henderson broke free for a 68-yard gain. In total, Henderson carried the ball every play of a three-play, 71-yard drive en route to his 12th rushing touchdown of the season.

2:06 am, October 31, 2021

3 more for the Buckeyes! Ohio State 20, Penn State 17 | 06:42 3Q

A false-start from RB TreVeyon Henderson on fourth down forced Ohio State to settle for a field goal in the red zone. The Buckeyes lead 20-17 after the kick was good. On two red zone trips, Penn State's defense has held the nation's top scoring offense entering Week 9 to field goals.

1:55 am, October 31, 2021

Touchdown Penn State! Ohio State 17, Penn State 17 | 10:26 3Q

Penn State called a direct-snap for WR Jahan Dotson. Dotson then carried the ball to the left side and reached the ball over the pylon into the end zone for a touchdown. 

See the play below

1:27 am, October 31, 2021

Halftime update: 17-10 Buckeyes lead

Ohio State FB

No. 5 Ohio State leads No. 20 Penn State 17-10 after the first half.Β 

The game got off to a wild start with both teams fumbling on their opening drives. After the commotion, Penn State struck first as QB Sean Clifford found TE Brenton Strange for a touchdown. Outside of that touchdown, Nittany Lion WR Parker Washington has stood out in the first half with five catches for 82 yards.

Strange TD

Ohio State's offense found its groove in the second quarter, scoring 10 straight points to take the lead. However, the Buckeye highlight of the first half came when DT Jerron Cage scored on a fumble recovery for a touchdown. Cage's score is the difference so far as Ohio State has a seven point lead.

Penn State will receive the second-half kickoff.

1:21 am, October 31, 2021

Halftime- Ohio State 17, Penn State 10

A Penn State field goal to end the first half brings the Nittany Lions within one score entering halftime.Β 

See the first half stats below

First Half Stats
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Big Man TD! Ohio State 17, Penn State 7 | 02:24 2Q

DT Jerron Cage scooped a fumble from QB Sean Clifford and carried it 57 yards into the end zone for the score. Clifford fumbled after getting sacked by DE Tyreke Smith on first down at the Ohio State 39-yard line. The scoop-and-score is the sixth defensive score for Ohio State this season (four pick-sixes, two scoop-and-scores).

1:04 am, October 31, 2021

Buckeyes take the lead! Ohio State 10, Penn State 7 | 03:48 2Q

Ohio State QB C.J. Stroud found WR Chris Olave on a 38-yard, cross-field pass for a touchdown. The catch was Olave's first after missing out on the last five targets. The Buckeyes lead by a field goal.