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Ohio State Scores Four Touchdowns in Fourth Quarter to Pull Away from Penn State 44-31

Photo by Penn State Athletics: QB Sean Clifford

Ohio State scored four touchdowns in the span of seven minutes in the fourth quarter as Ohio State pulls away and survived a scare from Penn State and defeated Penn State,44-31, at Beaver Stadium on Saturday afternoon

On their first drive of the game, Ohio State got on the board first when Noah Ruggles kicked a 38 yards field goal that capped off a nine-play, 55-yard drive that featured a 37-yard pass from CJ Stroud to Marvin Harrison Jr.

On Penn State’s first drive Zach Harrison intercepted a tipped pass by JT Tuimoloau from Sean Clifford on a 3rd and 9. Penn State held serve on the ensuing drive and Ruggles missed a 53-yard field goal attempt.

Penn State on their next drive, Clifford threw an interception to Tuimoloau on a 3rd and 3. Ohio State capitalized by a 4-yard touchdown run by Miyan Williams to cap off a 3-play, 41-yard drive. The drive was highlighted by Stroud throwing strikes of 18 and 19 yards to Harrison Jr.
Ohio State led Penn state 10-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Penn State got on the board on a Parker Washington 58-yard touchdown reception from Clifford. This capped off an eight-play, 73-yard drive.

Penn State took the lead on its next possession when KeAndre Lambert-Smith caught a 23Deyard touchdown pass from Clifford. That capped off a six-play, 79-yard drive. Clifford went five for six on the drive and accounted for all 73 yards on the drive.

Ohio State cut Penn State’s lead down to one on a 37-yard field goal that capped off a seven-play, 46-yard drive. The drive featured a Stroud 23-yard strike to Julian Fleming.

Penn State came up with a big stop at the end of the first half when Johnny Dixon sacked Stroud on a drive when Ohio State was being aggressive in trying to score a touchdown instead of electing for a field goal with six seconds left in the first half.

Penn State led Ohio State 14-13 at the end of the first half.

Penn State received the ball to start the second half and drove the ball down to the Ohio State 19-yard line. Rather than going for the field goal head coach James Franklin went for it on a 4th and 2 and Nicholas Singleton got stopped for no gain.

After a series of stops, Ohio State retook the lead on a 40-yard field goal by Ruggles. This play capped off a six-play, 45-yard drive that featured a 16-yard pass to Harrison Jr. and a 16-yard pass to Mitch Rossi.

Ohio State led 16-14 at the end of the third quarter.

Penn State took back the lead on a Kaytron Allen one-yard touchdown run that capped off a 13-play, 75-yard drive highlighted by a 26-yard reception by Parker Washington who recorded his first 100-yard receiving game by a Penn State player this season.

On the drive, Penn Stare attempted a 30-yard field goal but Jake Penigar missed the kick, and Penn State got called for a false start. Then they tried kicking a field goal again which Penigar also missed but Penn State got bailed out by a penalty for illegal formation. Penn State then went to go for it on fourth down and converted on a pass to Tyler Warren.

Ohio State retook the lead on a 41-yard touchdown run by TreVeyon Henderson that capped off a three-play, 75-yard drive that was set up by 21-yard reception By Harrison Jr. and a 13-yard reception by Emeka Egbuka.

On Penn State’s ensuing drive, Clifford dropped back to pass and got sacked by Tuimoloau and fumbled and Tuimoloau recovered.

On the next play from scrimmage for Ohio State, Stroud connected on a 24-yard touchdown pass to Cade Stover.

Penn State cut the deficit to30-24 on a 43-yard field goal by Pinegar to cap off a seven-play, 48-yard drive.

Ohio State put the game out of Henderson for a seven-yard touchdown run that capped off a seven-play, 75-yard drive. The drive was highlighted by a 42-yard reception by Egbuka.

On Penn State’s next possession, Tuimoloau intercepted a pass from Clifford and returned it for a 14-yard touchdown.

In Penn State’s Final touchdown Clifford threw a five-yard touchdown pass to Allen. With that touchdown pass Clifford passes Trace McSorley for the all-time touchdown pass leader.

Penn State will travel to Memorial Stadium to play Indiana next Saturday, while Ohio State will go back on the road to face Northwestern at Ryan Field next Saturday.

Twitter: @bwalkerdadon

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