Penn State and Ohio State face off in a ranked Big Ten matchup on Saturday, the results of which should go a long way in determining the outcome of the Big Ten East race.
The 18th-ranked Nittany Lions will try to reverse course after a controversial (and mistake-filled) 36-35 loss to Indiana in their 2020 debut. They’ll find a much tougher opponent in the third-ranked Buckeyes, however: Justin Fields and Co., despite a slow start, looked like the team to beat in the conference in a 52-17 snoozer over Nebraska.
Penn State is also missing several key players who before the start of the season figured to contribute heavily to the 2020 campaign. Micah Parsons, considered a top-10 draft prospect, remains opted out of the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Star running back Journey Brown is out for potentially the entire season due to an unspecified heart condition, and his backup, Noah Cain, suffered a season-ending injury just three carries into the loss vs. Indiana.
The Nittany Lions can’t even rely on their famed “White Out” vs. Ohio State, a college football experience in which 110,000-plus screaming fans all clad in white scream their support for the home team. Any way you cut it, Penn State has a tough challenge against the Buckeyes — can it step up to the tall task, or will it start the season 0-2 for the first time under James Franklin?
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Ohio State vs. Penn State score
Ohio State vs. Penn State live updates, highlights from 2020 rivalry game
Halftime: Ohio State 21, Penn State 6
9:18 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, PENN STATE. Incredible. Officials call both teams back onto the field after ruling a second remained on the clock (they placed a second back on after the clock had all zeros. Penn State kicker Jordan Stout responds by kicking a 50-yard field goal to make it 20-6 at halftime.
9:10 p.m.: Ohio State kneels on it on fourth-and-1 to end the half. The Buckeyes are crushing Penn State, and it’s worse than the score indicates. The Buckeyes have 280 yards to Penn State’s 75, and have limited the Nittany Lions to 0 of 5 on third-down conversions and 0 of 1 on fourth-down conversions.
9:08 p.m.: Ohio State will get the ball back at its 32-yard line with 1:16 remaining in the half. The Buckeyes have a pretty good chance at getting another score here.
9:06 p.m.: Tommy Togiai sacks Clifford on second down. Nittany Lions now face third-and-12 from its 17 with 2:06. Clifford’s getting no help from his O-line.
9:01 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, OHIO STATE. Fields finds Jeremy Ruckert for a 10-yard touchdown. That makes it 21-3 Ohio State with 2:23 remaining in the half. That was a 15-play, 86-yard drive that took 6:06 off the clock, by the way — one that continued because of a third down-converting penalty on Penn State back at the 19.
8:59 p.m.: Ohio State nearly avoids disaster: Facing first-and-goal on the 1, center Josh Meyers snaps the ball over Fields’ head, but the quarterback manages to jump on it for a loss of 13 yards. The Buckeyes still have a chance at a score here.
8:55 p.m.: Ohio State getting something going on offense now: Fields has completions of 16 and 16 yards to Luke Farrell and Jameson Williams, respectively, to get the Penn State 27-yard line.
8:54 p.m.: Running back Trey Sermon gets a nice gainer for 15 yards out to the 37. Buckeyes are making the most of their second chance.
8:52 p.m.: Penn State nearly forced a three-and-out, but Penn State’s Lamont Wade is called for pass interference. That gives the Buckeyes a fresh set of downs at its 22 with 7:35 remaining in the half.
8:47 p.m.: Clifford’s pass attempt to Freiermuth (Josh Proctor in coverage) falls incomplete. Another three-and-out.
8:44 p.m.: The Nittany Lions get a much-needed three-and-out, but the offense has to get something going to have any chance here. They take over at their 33.
8:40 p.m.: Penn State gets its first sack on Fields: Antonio Shelton gets a 7-yard sack on second-and-10 to force Ohio State into a third-and-17 at its 24.
8:34 p.m.: That’s a three-and-out by Penn State. The offense has struggled mightily thus far.
8:31 p.m.: MISSED FIELD GOAL, OHIO STATE. Wow, kicker Blake Haubeil missed the gimme 20-yard field goal, wide right. Penn State to take over at its own 20.
8:30 p.m.: Fields overthrows Wilson all alone in the end zone (he still got his hands on it) for his second incompletion of the season. He is now 7 of 8 for 81 yards on the game for 81 yards and score. He is 27 of 29 for the season.
8:27 p.m.: Ohio State converts on third-and-1 from Penn State’s 37; Fields hit Olave for a 20-yard gain to the Penn State 17. A defensive personal foul adds more yardage to the play, with the Buckeyes facing first-and-goal from the 9. Another score here could put this out of reach.
First quarter: Ohio State 14, Penn State 3
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8:22 p.m.: The Buckeyes are still getting nice chunk plays against Penn State’s defense: an Olave 8-yard reception and runs of 7 and 14 yards, respectively, by Teague. They’re driving at the Penn State 46.
8:20 p.m.: Ohio State back at it from its 25.
8:14 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, PENN STATE. The Nittany Lions’ drive stalls in the red zone, but Jake Pinegar kicks a 31-yard field goal to get his team on the board. It’s 14-3 Ohio State wtih 2:57 remaining in the first.
8:11 p.m.: Another nice gainer by Clifford on the keeper nets 10 yards and a first down at. the11.
8:09 p.m.: Penn State gets a couple of nice chunk plays to get just outside the Ohio State red zone: a 20-yard reception by Jahan Dotson followed by a 13-yard gain by Devyn Ford. The Nittany Lions are driving at the OSU 22.
8:07 p.m.: A roughing the passer penalty by Ohio State’s Barron Browning gives Penn State a fresh set of downs after forcing an incompletion on third-and-12. Penn State driving at its 38.
8 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, OHIO STATE. The Buckeyes nickel-and-dime Penn State for a few plays before Justin Fields throws his first touchdown of the game: a 26-yard touchdown to Chris Olave. Defensive end Shaka Toney is also limping off the field. It’s 14-0 Ohio State with 8:39 in the game.
That TD drive took five plays, I’m a little disappointed in the Buckeye offense, not gonna lie. What’s next? Seven plays to score on the next drive? Unacceptable.
OSU up 14-0 early on. pic.twitter.com/1cVf3Hzr5q
— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) November 1, 2020
7:55 p.m.: TURNOVER, PENN STATE. Penn State tries for it on fourth-and-2 from its own 45, but the designed pass isn’t there; Clifford rolls right and just throws it away. Ohio State will take over on downs.
7:49 p.m.: Penn State’s first play is a 9-yard connection between Sean Clifford and tight end Pat Freiermuth out to the 34. He’ll likely get lots of targets today.
7:46 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, OHIO STATE. Two plays later, Master Teague finishes the drive with a 4-yard touchdown to make it 7-0 Ohio State with 13:43 remaining in the first quarter.
7:45 p.m.: One play and Ohio State’s already deep in Penn State territory: Receiver Garrett Wilson takes the end-around62 yards for a first down at the Nittany Lions 13.
7:44 p.m.: Penn State wins the toss and defers; Ohio State will take over at its 25-yard line to start the game.
More Ohio State vs. Penn State news
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• Why Penn State’s ‘White Out’ tradition vs. Ohio State got wiped out by COVID-19 in 2020
• Why did Justin Fields transfer from Georgia?
• Why did Micah Parsons opt out of the 2020 season?
• What happened to Journey Brown?
Ohio State vs. Penn State start time
- Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
- TV channel (national): ABC
- Live stream: fuboTV
Saturday’s game between Ohio State and Penn State is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. ET. ABC will broadcast the game nationally. You can also stream it live via fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial to new subscribers.
Ohio State football schedule 2020
|1||Oct. 24||Ohio State 52, Nebraska 17|
|2||Oct. 31||at Penn State|
|3||Nov. 7||vs. Rutgers|
|4||Nov. 14||at Maryland|
|5||Nov. 21||vs. Indiana|
|6||Nov. 28||at Illinois|
|7||Dec. 5||at Michigan State|
|8||Dec. 12||vs. Michigan|
Penn State football schedule 2020
|1||Oct. 24||Indiana 36, Penn State 35|
|2||Oct. 31||vs. Ohio State|
|3||Nov. 7||vs. Maryland|
|4||Nov. 14||at Nebraska|
|5||Nov. 21||vs. Iowa|
|6||Nov. 28||at Michigan|
|7||Dec. 5||at Rutgers|
|8||Dec. 12||vs. Michigan State|