Ahead of an annual marquee matchup, a once-promising season for Penn State has seemingly come off the rails, while a once-worrying start for Ohio State seems to be a distant memory.
The Buckeyes are No. 5 in the latest AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll, winning five in a row after starting the season 1-1. They had defensive woes early, but have yielded just 44 points in their last four games; they’re beating opponents by 47 points per game. Penn State, meanwhile, started off 5-0, but has fallen off starkly and quickly, losing to Iowa 23-20 without a fully healthy Sean Clifford and then losing to unranked Illinois 20-18 in nine overtimes in Week 8.
Clifford is expected to be close to, if not at 100 percent for the Nittany Lions, but it still may not be enough to counteract Ohio State’s offense, which includes quarterback C.J Stroud, receivers Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson and running back TreVeyon Henderson. The Nittany Lions also don’t have history on their side: James Franklin hasn’t beaten Ohio State since 2016, and Penn State hasn’t won in Columbus since 2011.
Ohio State won last year’s meeting 38-25 in Beaver Stadium, and will look to continue its dominance over its longtime Big Ten foe in a game with potential College Football Playoff implications.
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Ohio State vs. Penn State live updates, highlights from 2021 rivalry game
10:11 p.m.: Ohio State gets hit for a pass interference penalty, giving Penn State 15 and a first down. Ball on the Penn State 32 for the Nittany Lions.
10:09 p.m.: Keyvone Lee falls on the kickoff following the field goal. Penn State takes over at its own 21.
10:06 p.m.: FIELD GOAL OHIO STATE. Noah Ruggles with his second field goal of the game, this time from 23. Ohio State 20, Penn State 17 with 6:42 left in the third.
10:05 p.m.: Henderson gets called for a false start and drives back Ohio State 5 yards. Now the Buckeyes opt for the field goal.
10:04 p.m.: Penn State’s defense comes up big, stopping two straight runs by Henderson, including one for a loss. Brings up fourth-and-goal and the Buckeyes are going for it.
10:03 p.m.: Penn State gets flagged for offsides on defense. Repeat second down from the Penn State 1.
10:02 p.m.: First-and-goal now for the Buckeyes following runs of 5 and 6 yards by Henderson.
10:01 p.m.: Ohio State with a huge play coming out of the touchdown as Stroud hits Smith-Njigba for 58 yards to the Penn State 17.
9:53 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN PENN STATE. Penn State dials up a trick play and Jahan Dotson barrels his way through and stretches for the touchdown on the direct snap. Penn State 17, Ohio State 17 with 10:26 left in the third quarter.
9:51 p.m.: It’s first-and-goal now after Clifford hits Washington again. First-and-goal from the 4.
9:50 p.m.: Penn State improves to 7-for-11 on third down. Parker Washington gains 13 on third-and-5. Penn State ball on the OSU 17.
9:49 p.m.: Clifford hits Dotson for 13 and then draws a roughing the passer penalty. Penn State first down at the OSU 32.
9:46 p.m.: The foul on Ohio State gets upgraded to targeting on Steele Chambers, who now gets ejected.
9:43 p.m.: Penn State gets help on a late hit call. Moves the Nittany Lions up 15 to their own 40 and resets the downs.
9:42 p.m.: The second half kick goes for a touchback. Penn State takes over at its 25.
Halftime: Ohio State 17, Penn State 10
9:21 p.m.: FIELD GOAL PENN STATE. Penn State gets points to end the half and make it a one-score game. Nittany Lions come out on offense to start the second half. Ohio State 17, Penn State 10.
9:19 p.m.: Dotson picks up 4 yards to the OSU 29. Gonna set up a 46-yard field goal for Penn State to close out the half.
9:18 p.m.: Jahan Dotson hauls it In for 16 yards to the Ohio State 33. Penn State within field goal range now with time ticking down in the half.
9:16 p.m.: Clifford to Washington continues and he picks up another first down with 1:05 left in the second. Ryan Day calls a defensive timeout.
9:14 p.m.: First play for Penn State after the touchdown is an 11-yard run by Noah Cain
9:09 p.m. TOUCHDOWN OHIO STATE. It’s a scoop and score as Clifford is sacked and fumbles it. Ohio State recovers and takes it 57 yards to the house. Ohio State 17, Penn State 7 with 2:24 left in the first half.
9:08 p..m.: Clifford hits Johnson again for 10 yards and the Nittany Lions are quickly marching past midfield.
9:07 p.m.: Clifford fakes the handoff to Noah Cain and hits Theo Johnson on play action for 18 yards.
9:02 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN OHIO STATE. Chris Olave’s first catch of the game is a big one. He hauls it in for 38 yards and the score and the Buckeyes take the lead. Ohio State 10, Penn State 7 with 3:48 left in the first half.
9:00 p.m.: Third-and-1 now for the Buckeyes from the Penn State 45 and Garrett Wilson picks up 7 for the first down.
8:59 p.m.: Penn State gets hit with a defensive pass interference penalty. First-and-10 for the Buckeyes from their 46.
8:57 p.m.: Second time tonight CIifford is sacked on third down. Penn State punts it away from its own 14. Ohio State takes over at its 31.
8:55 p.m.: Clifford runs it for 10 and a first down but it’s quickly negated as Penn State is staring at third-and-10 on the ensuing series.
8:51 p.m.: OSU punts It away and Penn State takes over at its own 11 with 8:14 left to play in the half.
8:50 p.m.: Stroud tries to air it out to Olave but it’s all for naught. That’s followed up by a short screen on third-and-11 and Penn State forces a three-and-out.
8:47 p.m.: There’s a penalty on Penn State and it’s a loss of down. Penn State goes for it on fourth-and-5 but Clifford gets sacked. OSU takes over from the Penn State 49.
8:46 p.m.: Washington picks up 5 and the Nittany Lions cross midfield, to the OSU 43.
8:45 p.m.: Penn State converts on third and long, finding Washington for 13 yards and an easy first down. Nittany Lions nearing midfield.
8:41 p.m.: It’s quickly third-and-7 following the big gain from Washington and Penn State calls its second timeout of the half.
8:40 p.m.: It’s a 25-yard gain for Penn State as Clifford hits Parker Washington for the gain.
8:36 p.m.: TreVeyon Henderson’s woes continue. He’s swallowed up on third down and OSU punts it away to the Penn State 11 yard line.
8:35 p.m.: Another penalty for snap infraction on the Buckeyes. Second-and-11 pass is complete to Smith-Njigba for 9 yards to the Penn State 45.
8:31 p.m.: Stroud completes a pass to Miyan Williams for 12 that was originally ruled a fumble. Call is overturned and Buckeyes get first-and-10 from their 47.
8:29 p.m.: Ohio State’s entire offensive line gets called for a false start to begin the second quarter.
End quarter 1: Penn State 7, Ohio State 3
8:25 p.m.: The Buckeyes will start the second quarter looking at third-and-7 from their own 21.
8:23 p.m.: Ohio State is looking at third-and-2 following the run from Miyan Williams but the Buckeyes get hit for a snap infraction and get driven back 5 yards to end the first quarter.
8:21 p.m.: Penn State goes three-and-out following the field goal. Nittany Lions punt it away and Ohio State takes over at its own 18.
8:20 p.m.: John Lovett fair catches the ball and Penn State will take over.
8:18 p.m.: FIELD GOAL OHIO STATE. Noah Ruggles splits the uprights from 35 yards out. Penn State 7, Ohio State 3 with 2:02 left in the first quarter.
8:17 p.m.: Ryan Day sends out the field goal unit as Stroud sails one over the head of Wilson. Fourth-and-13 from the 18 sets up a 35-yarder field goal.
8:16 p.m.: On second-and-13, Penn State brings pressure and Stroud has to throw it away. Third-and-13 from the Penn State 18 for Ohio State.
8:13 p.m.: Ohio State gets called for a false start, bringing up second-and-13 from the Penn State 18. James Franklin calls a timeout on defense, Penn State’s first of the half.
8:11 p.m.: Wilson again, this time for 19 yards and OSU is well inside the red zone.
8:10 p.m.: Penn State gets hit with an unncessary roughness call after Joey Porter lays a late hit on Garrett Wilson. First-and-10 for the Buckeyes from the Penn State 34.
8:09 p.m.: Stroud hits Jaxon Smith-Njigba for 11 yards and a first down.
8:07 p.m.: Penn State’s DC Brent Pry dialing up pressure early. Nittany Lions’ defensive line swarms TreVeyon Henderson and he’s swallowed up for a loss.
8:06 p.m.: Ohio State will take over from its own 25 after the Penn State touchdown.
8:02 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN PENN STATE. Clifford hits Strange over the top for a 5-yard TD and Penn State caps off a 13-play, 89 yard drive to go out in front early. Penn State 7, Ohio State 0 with 6:08 left in the first.
8:01 p.m.: Keyvone Lee is the rusher this time, taking it 11 yards to the OSU 5 and putting Penn State in nice position to strike early.
8:00 p.m.: Parker Washington hauls in a 32-yard grab out of the slot and puts on a few nice juke moves to gain big yardage. First down Penn State at the OSU 16.
7:59 p.m.: Clifford goes to the air again, hits KeAndre Lambert-Smith for 16 yards to the OSU 48.
7:58 p.m.: It’s Lovett again out of the backfield and he gains 2 for the first down.
7:57 p.m.: Clifford’s first pass attempt of the game is completed to tight end Brenton Strange for 8. Third-and-1 from the Penn State 31.
7:56 p.m.: Lovett follows that up with a 5-yard run and Clifford keeps it for the first down.
7:55 p.m.: Penn State opts to go with John Lovett on the run following the punt, gaining 4 yards.
7:51 p.m.: Penn State’s defense forces a three-and-out. It’s fourth-and-7 from the Penn State 48. Nittany Lions take over at their own 11.
7:50 p.m.: Stroud hits Wilson again for another big gain, this one for 12 yards. Ohio State is marching early.
7:48 p.m.: The two teams trade fumbles, as OSU sacks Sean Clifford, who loses the ball. Buckeyes take over from their 47.
7:47 p.m.: Penn State forces a fumble on a catch by Jeremy Ruckert and takes over at the Ohio State 46.
7:46 p.m.: Ohio State’s first play from scrimmage is an 11-yard pass from CJ Stroud to Garrett Wilson.
7:44 p.m.: Penn State wins the toss and defers. Ohio State will start the game at the 25.
7:39 p.m.: Both teams have taken the field, with kickoff coming up shortly. Ohio State opens as 20.5 point home favorites.
Ohio State vs. Penn State start time
- Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET | 4:30 p.m. PT
- TV channel (national): ABC
- Live stream: Watch ESPN App, fuboTV
Ohio State vs. Penn State will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET from Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
This matchup between perennial Big Ten powers will air on ABC. Former State College resident Chris Fowler will handle play-by-play duties with former Buckeyes quarterback Kirk Herbstreit joining him as the analyst. The two will be accompanied by Holly Rowe, reporting from the sidelines.
College football schedule Week 9
|Game||Time (ET)||TV channel|
|No. 2 Cincinnati at Tulane||Noon||ESPN2, fuboTV|
|No. 6 Michigan at No. 8 Michigan State||Noon||Fox, fuboTV|
|No. 9 Iowa at Wisconsin||Noon||ESPN, fuboTV|
|Texas at No. 16 Baylor||Noon||ABC, fuboTV|
|Miami at No. 17 Pitt||Noon||ACC Network, fuboTV|
|No. 22 Iowa State at West Virginia||2 p.m.||Big 12/ESPN+|
|No. 1 Georgia at Florida||3:30 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|Texas Tech at No. 4 Oklahoma||3:30 p.m.||ABC, fuboTV|
|Colorado at No. 7 Oregon||3:30 p.m.||Fox, fuboTV|
|Duke at No. 13 Wake Forest||4 p.m.||ACCN, fuboTV|
|No. 10 Ole Miss at No. 18 Auburn||7 p.m.||ESPN, fuboTV|
|No. 12 Kentucky at Mississippi State||7 p.m.||SEC Network, fuboTV|
|Kansas at No. 15 Oklahoma State||7 p.m.||Fox Sports 1, fuboTV|
|No. 19 SMU at Houston||7 p.m.||ESPN2, fuboTV|
|No. 20 Penn State at No. 5 Ohio State||7:30 p.m.||ABC, fuboTV|
|North Carolina at No. 11 Notre Dame||7:30 p.m.||NBC, Peacock fuboTV|
|Virginia at No. 25 BYU||10:15 p.m.||ESPN2, fuboTV|
|Fresno State at No. 21 San Diego State||10:30 p.m.||CBS Sports Network, fuboTV|