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#2 Ohio State hosts #9 Penn State on Senior Day Saturday









No. 9 Penn State vs. No. 2 Ohio State • Saturday, Nov. 23 • When: Noon • Where: Ohio Stadium • TV: FOX • Play by Play: Gus Johnson • Analyst: Joel Klatt • Sidelines: Jenny Taft

One of the Big Ten’s traditional marquee matchups takes place Saturday in Ohio Stadium as Ohio State and Penn State tangle in a late-season showdown that will significantly shape the Big Ten East Division title race.

Two of the nation’s top defenses will be on display. The Buckeyes lead the nation in both total defense (216.4 yards/game), passing defense (126.0 yards/game) and scoring defense (9.8 points/game) while Penn State is No. 4 in rushing defense (75.9 yards/game) and No. 17 in total defense (316.2 yards/game).

Saturday is the 35th all-time meeting between Ohio State and Penn State with the Buckeyes holding a 19-14 edge in the series. The Buckeyes have won six of nine games when both teams are ranked in the top 10, including each of the last two meetings.

Prior to kickoff on Saturday, Ohio State will honor 26 seniors who will be playing in their final game at Ohio Stadium. The group includes seven fifth-year seniors.

This year’s group has 46-5 over the last four years, 24-3 against Big Ten opponents and won back to back conference titles in 2017 and 2018.

The seniors honored pregame will be:

  • RB Amari McMahon (Dublin, Ohio)
  • P Jake Metzer (Doylestown, Pa.)
  • TE Derrick Malone (Dayton, Ohio)
  • TE Brock Davin (Cincinnati, Ohio)
  • DAF Owen Fankhauser (Stow, Ohio)
  • LB Logan Hittle (Nashport, Ohio)
  • DL Noah Donald (Uniontown, Ohio)
  • OL Brandon Pahl (Cutler, Ohio)
  • OL Kevin Woidke (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • LS Liam McCullough (Columbus, Ohio)
  • QB Chris Chugunov (Skillman, N.J.)
  • OL Jonah Jackson (Media, Pa.)
  • TE/DE Rashod Berry (Lorain, Ohio)
  • OL Joshua Alabi (Detroit, Mich.)
  • DT DaVon Hamilton (Pickerington, Ohio)
  • LB Malik Harrison (Columbus, Ohio)
  • DT Jashon Cornell (St. Paul, Minn.)
  • WR Binjimen Victor (Pompano Beach, Fla.)
  • WR C.J. Saunders (Dublin, Ohio)
  • DT Robert “BB” Landers (Dayton, Ohio)
  • OL Branden Bowen (Draper, Utah)
  • WR Austin Mack (Fort Wayne, Ind.)
  • CB Damon Arnette (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
  • DE Jonathon Cooper (Gahanna, Ohio)
  • SAF Jordan Fuller (Old Tappan, N.J.)
  • WR K.J. Hill (Little Rock, Ark.).

The eyes of the college football world will be on Columbus Saturday:

  • 9 a.m. – ESPN’s College GameDay will broadcast live until noon from outside of St. John Arena.
  • 10 a.m. – FOX’s Big Noon pregame show, featuring Rob Stone, Mike Leinart, Reggie Bush, Brady Quinn and Urban Meyer, will have expanded two-hour coverage. It will broadcast the final hour (11 a.m. to noon) inside Ohio Stadium from the southwest corner of the endzone.
  • 10 a.m. –  BTN’s Big Ten Tailagate will be back for the second time this season and be set up between the RPAC and Ohio Stadium.


Ohio State will be playing at a College GameDay site for the 46th time, second most of any program in the country. The Buckeyes are 32-13 all-time in “GameDay” games.

  • aturday’s game will be the 10th between Ohio State and Penn State when both teams are ranked in the top 10. The Buckeyes have won six of the nine previous contests.
  • The last three games between Penn State and Ohio State have been decided by a total of five points: a three-point PSU win in 2016 followed by back to back one-point wins by Ohio State in 2017 and 2018.
  • Saturday will be the 34th all-time meeting between Ohio State and Penn State.
  • The Buckeyes lead the series 19-14 and are 11-7 in games played in Columbus.
  • Since Penn State became a member of the Big Ten in 1993, Ohio State has won 17 of 25 games vs. the Nittany Lions.


  • J.K. Dobbins, despite just 42 second half carries all season and four games with zero second half carries, is No. 4 nationally with 128.9 yards per game and No. 5 in rushing yards with 1,289.
  • He also ranks second nationally with 7.04 yards per carry and he is ninth with 15 touchdowns scored.
  • Dobbins (3,745 yards) is 24 yards away from passing Eddie George for third all-time in rushing at Ohio State.


  • This is just a wonderfully ridiculous stat: Justin Fields has a 41-3 touchdown-to-turnover ratio this year, sparked no doubt by his sterling and best-in-the-nation 31-to-1 touchdown to interception ratio.
  • Fields has scored 10 rushing touchdowns and has lost only two fumbles all year.



  • Ohio State extended its school-record streak of consecutive seasons with 10 or more wins to eight years.
  • Alabama has the longest active streak of 10-win season at 11 consecutive years, followed by Clemson with nine.
  • A win on Saturday would give Ohio State its 13th 11-win season in the last 18 years.


  • The Buckeyes rank No. 2 in the nation in average sacks per game (4.20) and are No. 2 in total sacks (42.0).
  • Ohio State’s 42 sacks this year have come from 15 different players.
  • The Ohio State single-season team record for sacks is 51.0, set in 2000.


  • Ohio State ranks No. 4 nationally in rushing offense with an average of 287.4 yards per game.
  • The Buckeyes have run for at last 225 yards in all 10 games and had a season-high 383 yards two weeks ago vs. Maryland.
  • Their 6.2 yards-per-carry average for the season is third-best among Power 5 teams.
  • Ohio State is the only team in the country with two players averaging 6.5 or more yards per carry (minimum 80 attempts – J.K. Dobbins, 7.0 Master Teague, 6.5).
  • The Buckeyes’ 31 rushing touchdowns ranks second among Power 5 teams.


  • Ohio State is the first team to start the season with 10 wins by 24 or more points since the Nebraska in 1971.
  • The 2019 Buckeyes and 1971 Cornhuskers are the only teams to achieve that feat in the last 100 years.



Since the start of the 2017 season, Ohio State has thrown 128 touchdown passes (in 38 games), the most in the country.


Ohio State is 27-5 against AP top 25 ranked teams in the last eight seasons with 12 consecutive wins. In addition, Ohio State has won 13 of its last 18 games against Associated Press top-10 ranked teams with five consecutive wins.


Over the last eight seasons, the Buckeyes lead the country in scoring offense, averaging 42.0 points in 105 games.


The Buckeyes have won 28 of their last 30 games played in the month of November.



  • The Nittany Lions, No. 9 in last week’s College Football Playoff rankings, improved to 9-1 on the season with a 34-27 win over Indiana last Saturday in State College, Pa.
  • Penn State possesses one of the nation’s best defenses, especially against the run. The Nittany Lions are allowing just 75.9 yards per game on the ground, good for fourth best in the nation. Penn State is No. 7 nationally in scoring defense (13.5 points/game) and No. 17 in total defense (316.2 yards/game).
  • On offense, quarterback Sean Clifford has tossed 22 touchdown passes, including eight to wide receiver KJ Hamler, who is fourth in the Big Ten in that category. Hamler 17.2 yards-per-catch average is ninth best in the league and he has five receptions of 40 yards or more on the year.
  • Four different running backs have 35 or more carries through 10 games: Journey Brown (team high 86 carries, 521 yards and six touchdowns), Noah Cain (68 carries, 350 yards, six touchdowns), Devyn Ford (48 carries, 289 yards) and Ricky Slade (36 carries, 120 yards).












Getting to Know Ohio State’s Game 11 opponent, Penn State Nittany Lions


No. 9 Penn State vs. No. 2 Ohio State • Saturday, Nov. 23 • When: Noon • Where: Ohio Stadium • TV: FOX • Play by Play: Gus Johnson • Analyst: Joel Klatt • Sidelines: Jenny Taft

One of the marque matchups in the Big Ten Conference takes place on Saturday as No. 2 Ohio State (10-0) hosts No. 9 Penn State (9-1) is a game that could decide the winner of the Big Ten East Division. The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions kick off at noon on FOX.

It will be the third consecutive year that Ohio State and Penn State meet as top-10 ranked teams. The Buckeyes have won each of the previous two years by one point each time, erasing double digit fourth quarter deficits to do so.

Additionally, the eyes of the college football world will be on Columbus Saturday as three major pre-game shows – FOX’s Big Noon Kickoff show, ESPN’s College GameDay and BTN Tailgate – will all broadcast from in or around Ohio Stadium.

Total enrollment across Penn State’s 24 campuses throughout the state of Pennsylvania is approximately 97,500 undergraduate and graduate students.

• Annually, Penn State hosts the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON), which is the world’s largest student-run philanthropy.

• Centre County, Pennsylvania, became the home of Penn State when James Irvin of Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, donated 200 acres (0.8 km2) of land.

• The 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities ranks Penn State 74th among universities worldwide and 37th nationally.

• In 1975, the lyrics in Penn State’s alma mater song were revised to be gender-neutral in honor of International Women’s Year; the revised lyrics were taken from the posthumously-published autobiography of the writer of the original lyrics, Fred Lewis Pattee, and Professor Patricia Farrell acted as a spokesperson for those who wanted the change.


• The last three games between Penn State and Ohio State have been decided by a total of five points: a three-point PSU win in 2016 followed by back to back one-point wins by Ohio State in 2017 and 2018.

• Running back J.K. Dobbins is fourth in the nation in rushing yards and 14th in yards/attempt despite registering only 42 second-half carries through the first 10 games this season.

• Ohio State and Penn State will be meeting for the 10th time in series history when both teams are ranked in the top 10. The Buckeyes have won six of the nine previous top-10 matchups.

• K.J. Hill had a career-high 12 receptions in a 39-38 win over the Nittany Lions in 2017 and caught the game-winning TD pass last year in a 27-26 come-from-behind victory.

• Justin Fields ranks third in the nation in points responsible for with 246, fourth in passing efficiency at 191.8 and fourth with 31 TD passes. His 41 total touchdowns accounted for is second only to Jalen Hurts of Oklahoma, despite having 86 less plays.





Buckeyes RB J.K. Dobbins named Doak Walker semifinalist

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Junior running back J.K. Dobbins, who is currently fourth nationally in rushing yards, fifth in rushing average and second in yards per carry, has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award, the PwC SMU Athletic Forum announced today.

Three finalists for the award will be named Monday, November 25. The Doak Walker Award national selection committee will cast a second vote to select the 2019 award recipient. The 2019 Doak Walker Award recipient will be announced live on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, December 12 on ESPN.

In addition to being named a Doak Walker Award semifinalist, Dobbins is also a semifinalist for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, which is presented annually to the top offensive player in the country who was born in the state of Texas, attended a Texas high school, or attended a Texas junior college or university.

Dobbins has been nothing short of outstanding in his third year as a starter for the Buckeyes. A La Grange, Texas native, Dobbins has 1,289 yards on 183 carries this season (7.0 yards/carry). Perhaps just as impressively, he’s put up those numbers despite having just 42 total second half carries and has gone four games without any second half attempts.

Earlier this season, in a 38-7 win over then-No. 13 Wisconsin, Dobbins became the first Buckeye to rush for 1,000 yards as a freshman, sophomore and junior. He enters Saturday’s contest vs. No. 8 Penn State needing just 24 yards to pass 1995 Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George for third place on Ohio State’s career rushing list. George was the last – and only – Buckeye to win the Doak Walker Award (in 1995).

Bolstered by Dobbins’ stellar play, Ohio State ranks fourth nationally in rushing offense (287.4 yards/game), fourth in total offense (541.7 yards/game) and first in scoring offense (51.5 points/game).

Ohio State Major Award Semifinalists/Finalists
J.K. Dobbins – Doak Walker Award
Chase Young – Maxwell Award, Bednarik Award and Bronko Nagurski Trophy (finalist)
Justin Fields – Davey O’Brien Award
Jeff Okudah – Jim Thorpe Award and Bednarik Award
Jordan Fuller – Lott IMPACT Trophy and William V. Campbell Trophy (finalist)




Ohio State Football champions from Rutgers game

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State coaching staff has named 24 champions after its 56-21 victory at Rutgers on Saturday that improved the Buckeyes to 10-0 overall and 7-0 in the Big Ten. Players of the Game were Justin Fields (offense), Binjimen Victor (offense), Shaun Wade (defense) and Dallas Gant (special teams).

For the 10th time in 10 games, DT DaVon Hamilton was a champion. He had a sack and also helped the Buckeyes’ defense hold an opponent to under 300 yards for the 10th consecutive game. Nine-time champions include Chris Olave, who had a career-high 139 yards receiving, and LG Jonah Jackson.

Fields, a champion for the eighth time this season, played just one half and one series of the third quarter but still managed to throw for a career-high 305 yards and tossed four touchdown passes. He now has 31 touchdowns and just one interception on the season.

Victor caught a team-high five passes, two of which went for touchdowns. The senior from Pompano Beach, Fla. has 18 career touchdown receptions, good for No. 9 on Ohio State’s all-time list.

Wade caused two first-quarter turnovers at Rutgers, intercepting a pass on the second play of the game and then forcing a fumble on the fourth play. Both turnovers led to touchdowns as the Buckeyes opened up a 21-0 lead.

On special teams, Gant had a tackle while covering a kickoff and contributed to a kick return unit that gave up just 15.2 yards per return, nearly three yards below opponents’ season average.

Champions vs. Rutgers
Defense: DT DaVon Hamilton, DE Tyler Friday, DE Zach Harrison, LB Tuf Borland, LB Pete Werner, CB Jeff Okudah, LB Malik Harrison
Player of the Game: CB Shaun Wade
Offense: RB J.K. Dobbins, RB Master Teague, TE Luke Farrell, TE Jeremy Ruckert, TE Rashod Berry, WR K.J. Hill, WR Chris Olave, LT Thayer Munford, LG Jonah Jackson, RG Wyatt Davis, RT Branden Bowen, OL Gavin Cupp, OL Nicholas Petit-Frere
Players of the Game: QB Justin Fields and WR Binjimen Victor
Special Teams Player of the Game: LB Dallas Gant
Scout Team Players of the Week: QB Jagger LaRoe, OL Brandon Pahl, SAF Owen Fankhauser, DE Alex Williams





Ohio State Player Status Report for Game 11, Penn State

Ohio State vs. Penn State – Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019 – Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Game-Time Decision

§  OL Joshua Alabi

§  DT Haskell Garrett

§  OL Matthew Jones



§  WR Kamryn Babb

§  RB Marcus Crowley

§  OG Gavin Cupp

§  DL Noah Donald

§  WR Ellijah Gardiner

§  SAF Ronnie Hickman

§  OL Brett Novick

§  SAF Josh Proctor

§  WR C.J. Saunders

§  DT Taron Vincent




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