COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW) — The No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes beat the No. 8 Penn State Nittany Lions 28-17 in their last home game of the 2019 season and clinched their spot in the Big Ten Championship game.
Undefeated Ohio State and the one-loss Penn State entered Saturday’s noon game in Ohio Stadium with high stakes as both were fighting to claim the B1G East title.
The Buckeyes were first to score in Saturday’s game at Ohio Stadium when running back J. K. Dobbins rushed four yards for goal. Ohio State led Penn State 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Then, with two minutes left to play in the first half, Dobbins scored another touchdown on a 1-yard dash. The Buckeyes led the Nittany Lions 14-0 at halftime.
Ohio State continue to increase their lead early on in the second half when wide receiver K. J. Hill scored a touchdown on a 24-yard pass from quarterback Justin Fields. The score was 21-0 at this point.
Penn State finally put points on the board in the third quarter. Running back Journey Brown rushed 18 yards for score. Then, quarterback Will Levis scored a touchdown on a 1-yard dash. The Nittany Lions trailed behind the Buckeyes 21-14.
Then, the Nittany Lions continued to decrease their deficit when placekicker Jake Pinegar successfully kicked a 42-yard field goal, raising the score to 21-17, where it remained at the end of the quarter.
However, the Buckeyes didn’t keep the score that close for long. At the start of the fourth quarter Fields threw a 28-yard pass to wide receiver Chris Olag for score. The final score was 28-17.
Ohio State is now 11-0 for the season and Penn State is 9-2.
Ohio State entered Saturday’s game as a 19-point favorite. However, the team recognized that a win would be critical; an upset could move the Nittany Lions into the driver’s seat in the East Division and potentially offer them a spot in the playoffs.
“Don’t let go of what you have,” OSU coaches were heard saying in a pre-game trailer released Thursday. “You’ve got a group in front of you right now that’s trying to take away what you have.”
**Watch the pre-game trailer in the video above**
OSU was favored by the similar margin in 2016 when Penn State had its last win over the Buckeyes. The Nittany Lions outscored the Buckeyes 17-0 in the fourth quarter, granting them a 24-21 victory over Ohio State. Both teams finished 8-1 in the conference, however Penn State went on to play in the Big Ten Championship, where they were victorious over the Wisconsin Badgers.
Saturday’s game also marked the return of Ohio State star defensive end Chase Young who had previously been serving a two-game suspension after admitting he had accepted a personal loan from a family friend which he says he repaid in full last summer. Young reportedly returned to the field motivated and ready to defend Ohio’s pride.
Next stop: The Game. Ohio State heads to Ann Arbor on Saturday. Kick off is at noon on FOX 8.