COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 6 Ohio State (7-1, 5-0 Big Ten) rallied from 15 points down in the fourth quarter to defeat No. 2 Penn State (7-1, 4-1 Big Ten), 39-38, in Big Ten football action Saturday afternoon in Ohio Stadium.
Penn State did not yield the lead until Ohio State’s final score with 1:48 remaining, as Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett connected with Marcus Baugh on a 16-yard touchdown. The loss snapped the Nittany Lions’ 15-game regular season winning streak and 13-game Big Ten winning streak.
The Nittany Lions built a 21-3 lead by the early part of the second quarter, as Saquon Barkley returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, Trace McSorley threw a touchdown pass and Barkley scored on a 36-yard rush. The Buckeyes were able to stay within striking distance though, and Barrett threw three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, while Ohio State clamped down on defense, to win the game late. Barrett went 9-for-9 passing for 102 yards on two touchdown drives in the final five minutes.
- RB Saquon Barkley – Barkley totaled 172 all-purpose yards, highlighted by a 97-yard kickoff return and a 36-yard touchdown run. He finished with 44 yards rushing on 21 carries and 23 yards receiving on four catches. He extended his FBS-leading consecutive games with a touchdown streak to 15 games.
- QB Trace McSorley – McSorley threw for two touchdowns and totaled 192 yards passing, completing 17-of-29 attempts. He also rushed 13 times for 49 yards and a touchdown to lead the team on the ground. It was his 23rd consecutive game with a touchdown pass and 13th career game with both a passing and rushing touchdown. With 47 career touchdown passes, he is just one shy of the Penn State career record.
- TE Mike Gesicki – Gesicki was Penn State’s leading receiver, matching a career-high with six receptions and totaling 57 yards. Four of his receptions were for first downs.
- LB Manny Bowen – Bowen was second on the team with nine tackles and forced a first-quarter fumble that setup a Penn State touchdown drive.
- QB J.T. Barrett – Barrett went 33-for-39 passing for 328 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for a game-high 95 yards on 17 attempts, earning a total offense figure of 423 yards.
- WR Johnnie Dixon – Dixon caught a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter and finished with three receptions for 56 yards.
- TE Marcus Baugh – Baugh caught the game-winning touchdown pass from 16-yards out and finished with two receptions for 20 yards.
- WR KJ Hill – Hill was Barrett’s top target, catching 12 passes for 102 yards.
- Ohio State Defense – Twelve different Buckeyes were in on a stop behind the line, as the unit held Penn State to a season-low 283 total yards. It allowed just 64 yards and a field goal in the pivotal fourth quarter.
Penn State will remain on the road, traveling to No. 16/18 Michigan State.