GAMEDAY College Football

Ohio State 33, Penn State 24

(AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

By RALPH D RUSSO
AP College Football Writer

COLUMBUS, Ohio - TreVeyon Henderson ran for 152 yards and a touchdown and No. 5 Ohio State made just enough long plays and short field goals to hold off No. 20 Penn State 33-24.

Facing their first real challenge in a month and half, the Buckeyes (7-1, 5-0 Big Ten) finally finished off the Nittany Lions (5-3, 2-3) on Noah Ruggles' fourth field goal, a 26-yarder with 2:41 left to make it a nine-point lead.

Coming off an ugly nine-overtime loss at home to Illinois, Penn State looked a lot like the team that had climbed into the top five before losing to Iowa in a game where quarterback Sean Clifford got hurt.

The senior looked sharp and healthy, going 35 for 52 for 361 yards and a touchdown after a tentative performance last week. Still, the Nittany Lions lost their third straight to fall out of contention in the Big Ten East.

Meanwhile, Ohio State, which had hardly been tested since losing to Oregon in Week 2, looked a like the team that struggled to get off the field on third down and finish drives against the Ducks.

The highest-scoring team in the country was held out of the end zone for the first 26 minutes before two explosive plays in the span of about a minute and a half gave Ohio State the lead.

C.J. Stroud floated a deep ball that Chris Olave ran down for a 38-yard touchdown to give the Buckeyes their first lead, 10-7 with 3:48 left in the first half.

Stroud finished with 305 yards passing.

Penn State responded by moving quickly into Ohio State territory, but Clifford was sandwiched by ends Tyreke Smith and Zach Harrison and the ball came loose. Jerron Cage scooped it up and sprinted untouched 57 yards for a touchdown to make it 17-7.

The 305-pound Cage was feted by teammates on the sideline with water and waving hands and towels to cool him off as he caught his breath.

Penn State tied it in the third quarter, taking the opening possession 75 yards and capping it with a 2-yard TD run on direct snap to star receiver Jahan Dotson.

Henderson, after a false start on the goal line that forced Ohio State to settle for a short field goal on its previous possession, ripped off a 68-yard run that setup a 1-yard scoring plunge by the freshman to make it 27-17 with 3:35 left in the third.

Penn State came right back with another long TD drive, finished off with Keyvone Lee's 1-yard run to make it 27-24 heading into the fourth quarter.

Cam Brown's interception of Clifford in Penn State territory set up a 25-yard field goal by Ruggles to make it 30-24 with 4:03 left.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter PSUOhioSt
PSU TD 6:08 Brenton Strange 5 yard TD pass from Sean Clifford (Jordan Stout Extra Point) 7 0
OhioSt FG 2:02 Noah Ruggles 35 yard field goal 7 3
Second Quarter PSUOhioSt
OhioSt TD 3:48 Chris Olave 38 yard TD pass from C.J. Stroud (Noah Ruggles Extra Point) 7 10
OhioSt TD 2:24 Jerron Cage 57 yard fumble return for TD (Noah Ruggles Extra Point) 7 17
PSU FG 0:00 Jordan Stout 47 yard field goal 10 17
Third Quarter PSUOhioSt
PSU TD 10:26 Jahan Dotson 2 yard TD run (Jordan Stout Extra Point) 17 17
OhioSt FG 6:42 Noah Ruggles 23 yard field goal 17 20
OhioSt TD 3:35 TreVeyon Henderson 1 yard TD run (Noah Ruggles Extra Point) 17 27
PSU TD 0:10 Keyvone Lee 1 yard TD run (Jordan Stout Extra Point) 24 27
Fourth Quarter PSUOhioSt
OhioSt FG 7:12 Noah Ruggles 25 yard field goal 24 30
OhioSt FG 2:41 Noah Ruggles 26 yard field goal 24 33
Team Stats
  Penn State Ohio State
First downs 26 23
  Rushing 4 5
  Passing 19 14
  Penalty 3 4
3rd Down Efficiency 10-16, 63% 6-15, 40%
4th down efficiency 0-1, 0% 1-2, 50%
Rushes-Yards 29-33 34-161
Passing Yards 361 305
Return Yards 0 24
Completions-Attempts-Int 35-52-1 22-34-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 4-22 0-0
Punts 4 3
Fumbles Lost 2-2 1-1
Penalties - Yards 7-55 10-74
Penn State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
S. Clifford 35 52 361 1 1
Ohio State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Stroud 22 34 305 1 0
Penn State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Lovett 13 20 1.5 0
N. Cain 5 13 2.6 0
K. Lee 3 9 3.0 1
J. Dotson 1 2 2.0 1
S. Clifford 7 -11 -1.6 0
Ohio State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Henderson 28 152 5.4 1
G. Wilson 1 7 7.0 0
M. Williams 3 5 1.7 0
Penn State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Dotson 11 127 11.5 0
P. Washington 9 108 12.0 0
K. Lambert-Smith 4 49 12.3 0
T. Johnson 4 41 10.3 0
B. Strange 4 17 4.3 1
K. Lee 1 11 11.0 0
N. Cain 2 8 4.0 0
Ohio State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Smith-Njigba 6 97 16.2 0
G. Wilson 7 82 11.7 0
J. Ruckert 3 57 19.0 0
C. Olave 3 44 14.7 1
M. Williams 1 11 11.0 0
T. Henderson 1 7 7.0 0
C. Stover 1 7 7.0 0
Penn State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Ohio State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
C. Brown 1 25
Penn State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Stout 4 197 49.3
Ohio State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Mirco 3 99 33.0
Penn State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Ohio State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
G. Wilson 1 -1 -1.0
Penn State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Lee 1 0 0
Ohio State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Penn State Missed FG
Player Length
J. Stout 49
Ohio State Missed FG
Player Length




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