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#2 OHIO STATE VS PENN STATE

Going into week 8 the 6-0 Ohio State Buckeyes we’re looking to continue their 20-game road winning streak against a Penn State team who was 4-2 on the season. With Penn State’s last win against a top 5 ranked team being 1999 and 1990 being the last time they beat a #2 top no one thought Penn State had a chance to beat the 17.5 point favorite Buckeyes. The Nittany Loins shocked the world and turned college football on its ear when the clock stuck zero and they pulled out the upset and biggest win in the post-Paterno era. Ohio State before halftime had a 12-0 lead until their defense gave up a 34-yard grab by DaeSean Hamilton from quarterback Trace McSorley on 2nd-and-11 followed two plays later by a 20-yard back-shoulder throw by McSorley to Chris Godwin for a touchdown bringing Penn State within 5 points with 9 seconds before halftime.

Urban Meyer has been known around college football about his team’s discipline on special teams but on ABC Meyer’s Buckeyes would give up three key special teams play that would have a major effect on this game. First being a missed extra point attempt by senior walk-on kicker Tyler Durbin after the Buckeye first touchdown. Next would be in the fourth quarter with the Buckeyes up 21-17, 11:47 left in the game and Ohio State trying to pin Penn State deep the Nittany Lions would come up with a blocked punt. Finally, the biggest and costly would be a blocked field goal by Marcus Allen and a 60-yard return for touchdown by Grant Haley with 4:27 left in the game and Penn State would hold out for the biggest week 8 upset, if not this season.

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