Last Updated on October 22, 2023 by Robert C. Hoopes
Ohio State Keeps Winning Streak Alive, Defeats Penn State 20-12
In a highly-anticipated match-up on Big Noon Saturday, the Ohio State Buckeyes once again emerged victorious against the Penn State Nittany Lions, extending their winning streak to seven consecutive years. Despite not displaying their usual dominant form, Ohio State managed to secure a 20-12 win over Penn State.
Despite their less-than-stellar performance, Ohio State remains ranked No. 3 in the country and maintains control over the Big Ten conference. The Buckeyes’ impressive resume boasts victories over prestigious teams such as Notre Dame and Penn State.
Penn State had a prime opportunity to take advantage of Ohio State’s injury-ridden roster, but their struggles on third and fourth down conversions, along with their inability to effectively run the ball, hindered their chances of success.
During the game, Marvin Harrison Jr. emerged as the standout player for Ohio State. Harrison Jr. made critical plays, contributing an impressive 162 receiving yards and scoring a touchdown. His exceptional performance played a pivotal role in Ohio State’s victory.
Ohio State’s defensive end, JT Tuimoloau, also played a crucial role in securing the win. Tuimoloau showcased his skills by recording a sack and breaking up a pass on fourth down during the fourth quarter, ultimately sealing the victory for the Buckeyes.
The turning point of the game occurred in the second quarter when Ohio State went from almost giving up a touchdown to scoring one in a matter of seconds, completely shifting the momentum in their favor.
Looking ahead, Ohio State now shifts their focus to their upcoming games against Wisconsin, Rutgers, Michigan State, and Minnesota. These games will serve as crucial preparation before their highly-anticipated matchup against Michigan on November 25th.
Despite the loss, there is still a pathway for Penn State to achieve their goals of securing a Big Ten title and potentially landing a College Football Playoff berth. By defeating Michigan and hoping that Ohio State loses their game against Michigan, the Nittany Lions can still keep their postseason dreams alive. Penn State has upcoming games against Indiana and Maryland before their crucial showdown with Michigan.
Overall, Ohio State’s dominance continues as they defeat Penn State once again. While the victory was not as convincing as past years, the Buckeyes remain a force to be reckoned with in college football.