Ohio State’s first play from scrimmage went for 62 yards and the No. 3 Buckeyes held on to score win No. 2 overall and No. 1 on the road in a Top 25 matchup 38-25 at No. 18 Penn State on Halloween Saturday night.
Justin Fields finished with another stellar day on the stat sheet, accounting for four TD passes as a part of his second 300-yard passing day of the season.
Master Teague rumbled for 110 of the 208 total yards on the ground for for Buckeyes.
For the second game in a row, WRs Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave topped the 100-yard mark. Wilson pulled in 11 catches for 111 yards while Olave had seven grabs for 120 and two scores.
The Buckeyes set the tone scoring on three consecutive run plays starting with a Garrett Wilson end-around for 62 yards to set up a pair of Teague short runs to cap a 75-yard drive with just more than a minute expiring off the clock.
Ohio State took just a smidge more time on its next possession to push its opening frame lead to 14-0. Justin Fields pin-pointed a back-shoulder fade to Chris Olave from 26 yards to to finish off a 45-yard drive in five plays.
Penn State placed its first points on the board with a 31-yard field goal using up 11 plays to cover 61 yards and almost 6:00.
The Buckeyes recovered from a misfire on a short field goal game attempt early in the quarter to march down the field on a 15-play, 89-yard drive to close the half, 21-3. Fields zipped a pass through the hash marks to Luke Ferrell from 10 yards out. The Buckeyes clipped off 6:06 from the clock. RB Trey Sermon accounted for 30 yards on the drive.
After a clock review at the end of the half, Penn State took over on downs and Jordan Stout connected on his second field goal of the half from 50 yards out. The kick ended a 1-play, zero-yard drive that covered :01.
The Nittany Lions hit the end zone for the first time Saturday on its initial drive of the second half. Sean Clifford connected with Javan Dotson from 14 yards out ending an 8-play, 75-yard drive to start the half.
On the ensuing drive, the Buckeyes answered with “another beautiful pitch and catch” between Fields and Olave. This time QB1 launched a 49-yard scoring strike to CO2 to close out an 8-play, 75-yard drive in just over two minutes.
Teague polished off the quarter with several strong runs, including a 31-yard rumble. After a couple short Fields connections to tight ends to set up a 22-yard field goal by Dom DiMacio.
Penn State opened for the final frame with a 75-yard scoring drive to keep the game within 31-19. Clifford found Dotson once again from 21 yards out for six.
Ohio State converted a big fourth and 1 on the plus side of the 50 when Fields fired a pass to Olave for 17 yards to send up his fourth TD toss of the night to Jeremy Ruckert from the one for a 38-19 lead.
Penn State closed within 38-25 after Clifford hit Dotson again for a 20-yard TD pass.
The Nittany Lions looked to challenge again in its next possession but a Marcus Hooker interception to thwart their final drive.