PSU Loses To OSU

Penn State’s five-game winning streak came to end as Ohio State came out on top, 24-7, in battle of two of the nation’s premier defenses.

An exuberant, sun-splashed crowd of 110,003 jammed Beaver Stadium in the venerable facility’s 300th game. The Nittany Lions are 241-59 (80.3) in home games since the facility was erected in 1960. Penn State is 32-4 in its last 36 home games, dating to the final two games of the 2004 season.

Penn State is 48-13 (78.7) since the start of the 2005 season, among the top 10 winning percentages in the nation.

The Buckeyes (8-2, 5-1) held the ball for 34:02 and limited Penn State (8-2, 4-2) to nine first downs and 201 yards of total offense to take a 13-12 series lead. The visiting team has won the last three meetings after the home team had won 12 of the previous 14.

The 24 points and 228 rushing yards by the Buckeyes were the most by a Penn State opponent this year, and the most rushing yards allowed by Penn State since giving up 288 rushing yards to Minnesota in 2004. Penn State has not allowed a 100-yard rusher this season. Entering this week’s games, the Nittany Lions were one of nine FBS teams that had yet to allow a 100-yard rusher this year.

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