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The winners of the last four Big Ten championships will meet on Saturday night in a contest that should play a major role in determining the conference’s East division winner.
Fresh off a blowout of Nebraska, No. 3 Ohio State will travel to “Happy Valley” to take on No. 18 Penn State. The Nittany Lions were stunned last week in overtime by Indiana, 36-35.
It will be the 35th meeting between the schools. Ohio State leads the all-time series, 20-14. Three of the last four meetings have been decided by three points or less.
Before the teams kick things off in State College at 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC, take a trip down memory lane. Here’s a look back on the last five match-ups in the series:
(8) Penn State 17, (2) Ohio State 28 — Nov. 23, 2019
It was a game of runs in last season’s top-10 match-up in Columbus. J.K. Dobbins rushed for a pair of first-half touchdowns as the Buckeyes led 21-0 in the third quarter. Penn State would respond with 17 points, thanks to touchdown runs by Journey Brown and backup quarterback Will Levis. Justin Fields’ second touchdown pass of the day — a 28-yard strike to Chris Olave early in the fourth quarter — would provide the breathing room. Ohio State dominated statistically with 417 yards of offense to 227 for the Nittany Lions. Chase Young recorded three sacks in the win while Dobbins rushed for 157 yards.
(4) Ohio State 27, (9) Penn State 26 — Sept. 29, 2018
The last match-up in Happy Valley featured top-10 teams and saw the lead change twice in the final period. After Penn State opened up a 26-14 lead in the final quarter, Ohio State scored two touchdowns in less than a 5-minute span. After his 47-yard touchdown pass to Binjimen Victor cut the lead to five, Dwayne Haskins capped a 96-yard drive with a 24-yard touchdown strike to K.J. Hill. Ohio State sealed the win by stopping Penn State on downs. Haskins finished with 270 yards passing in the win. J.K. Dobbins rushed for and caught a touchdown. For Penn State, quarterback Trace McSorley accounted for 461 total yards and two touchdown passes.
(2) Penn State 38, (6) Ohio State 39 — Oct. 28, 2017
Ohio State trailed by as many as 18 and by 15 entering the final quarter, but completed a comeback for the ages. After throwing a pair of touchdowns to Johnnie Dixon early in the quarter, J.T. Barrett’s 16-yard touchdown toss to Marcus Baugh with 1:48 to play served as the game-winnner. Barrett finished with 328 yards passing and four touchdowns in the win. He also rushed for a team-high 95 yards. Quarterback Trace McSorley accounted for three total touchdowns for the Nittany Lions. Saquon Barkley scored two touchdowns in the loss. The Buckeyes held the total yardage edge by a 529-283 margin.
(2) Ohio State 21, Penn State 24 — Oct. 22, 2016
Penn State scored 17 unanswered fourth-quarter points to stun No. 2 Ohio State and end the Buckeyes’ 20-game road winning streak. The Nittany Lions cut a 21-7 deficit in half on Trace McSorley’s short touchdown run early in the fourth quarter. The next two scores would come on field goal attempts. After Tyler Davis drew Penn State to within four, Ohio State kicker Tyler Durbin lined up for a 45-yard field goal attempt to try to extend the lead back to seven. The kick was blocked by Marcus Allen and scooped up by Grant Haley, who returned it 60 yards to put the Nittany Lions up with 4:27 remaining. With just over a minute to play, Evan Schwan and Kevin Givens sacked J.T. Barrett on fourth down to seal the win.
Penn State 10, (1) Ohio State 38 — Oct. 17, 2015
Ezekiel Elliott and J.T. Barrett combined for 255 yards rushing and three touchdowns as Ohio State scored 21 second-quarter points on its way to a rout of Penn State. In addition to his two rushing touchdowns, Barrett also passed for two scores in the win. Saquon Barkley rushed for 194 yards for the Nittany Lions in the loss. DaeSean Hamilton scored the lone touchdown for the Nittany Lions.