Penn State 17, Ohio State 10 Penn State Nittany LionsOhio State Buckeyes
October 8, 2005
Beaver Stadium - University Park, PA
Attendance: 109,839
Kickoff Time: 7:45 p.m. EDT
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score
Ohio State 3 7 0 0 10
Penn State 0 14 3 0 17

Scoring Summary
1st 06:41 OSU - Josh Huston 30-yard field goal
2nd 10:20 PSU - Derrick Williams 13-yard run (Kelly kick)
  07:55 PSU - Michael Robinson 1-yard run (Kelly kick)
  00:33 OSU - Troy Smith 10-yard run (Huston kick)
3rd 11:10 PSU - Kevin Kelly 41-yard field goal

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Scott Paxson scooped up the fumble, and Beaver Stadium, cobbled together in various expansions over the decades like a giant erector set, shook and rumbled beneath the joyful writhings of the reborn.
  "That," said Penn State freshman Deon Butler of the explosion of 109,839 long-suffering fans, "was pure pandemonium."
  Tamba Hali's sack of Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith near midfield with less than 11/2 minutes to play produced the turnover that clinched unbeaten Penn State's 17-10 victory over the sixth-ranked Buckeyes last night and certified the Nittany Lions' return to national prominence.
  "I never really felt like we were far away," said coach Joe Paterno, the questions about his future silenced by the six wins that have opened the season.
  A 41-yard field goal by freshman Kevin Kelly, a graduate of Neshaminy High in Langhorne, midway through the third quarter produced the only points in a second half dominated by the defenses of these two teams that, in many ways, mirror each other.
  Ohio State managed just 230 yards of offense, Penn State 195. Most of Penn State's attack came on careful runs by Tony Hunt (16 for 64) and Michael Robinson (14 for 52). Robinson threw only 20 passes, completing 11 for 78 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. Penn State did not turn the football over for a second straight week.
  Robinson's counterpart, Smith, hit on 13 of 25 throws for 139 yards and one huge second-period interception by Calvin Lowry.
  "I know you guys like offense," Paterno told reporters, "but that was a great defensive football game. Those guys really got after each other."
  The victory over the favored visitors sent the crazed crowd into a field-rushing postgame frenzy and likely will send the Lions - No. 16 this week - catapulting up in the national rankings.
  "This is great," Hali said. "It's nice that we're eligible for a bowl now. But the bowl we want is Big Rosie" - referring to the Rose Bowl berth that goes to the Big Ten champions.
  After compiling a 7-16 mark in 2003 and 2004, Penn State now has won eight straight over two seasons, the third-longest such streak in the country. The Nittany Lions, with a 3-0 conference mark, also are alone atop the Big Ten.
  Ohio State, picked as one of the top teams in the country in the preseason, fell to 3-2.
  A 13-yard run by freshman Derrick Williams - otherwise held in check by the Buckeyes' aggressive defense - and a 1-yard scoring plunge by Robinson three plays after Lowry's interception allowed Penn State to grab a 14-10 halftime lead.
  Those second-quarter scores - 2 minutes, 27 seconds apart - overcame the 3-0 lead Ohio State had managed on Josh Huston's 30-yard field goal in the opening quarter.
  The Buckeyes' other points came on Smith's 10-yard run late in the half.
  "I've been trying to be as conservative as I can be in evaluating our football team," Paterno said. "But we're getting better... . But I'm not going to get carried away with one win."
   Neither team could muster much of anything after the intermission.
  But the potentially explosive Buckeyes were just a touchdown away from tying Penn State when, with under two minutes to go, Smith dropped back on a second and 7 at the Nittany Lions' 48. Hali, a relentless defensive end, got past his man and broke

Tamba Hali

free. "I was picking up speed, and I could see that he wasn't looking," the senior said of Smith. "I hit him, and I saw the ball come out. Then I saw Paxson pick it up. I was glad because I was kind of tired."
  Once again, Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel couldn't figure out a way to get the ball to sophomore speedster Ted Ginn. The dangerous receiver caught just three passes for 40 yards and carried the ball twice for 5 yards.
  "Our coaches did a great job designing a defense that took away some of the things they like to do and some of the people they like to go to," said linebacker Dan Connor, the sophomore from Strath Haven High who, having returned from a suspension two games ago, made his first start.
  The game came at the end of a memorable Happy Valley day when a couple of massive fronts stalled over Beaver Stadium.
  One was marked by dark and ominously low clouds that dumped rain on the tarp-covered grass field throughout the day. The other was more emotional than meteorological, a game-day atmosphere thick with a level of enthusiasm that hadn't blown into Happy Valley in years.
  ESPN's GameDay telecast drew thousands to the area early in the morning, the vocal student-supporters mingling with breakfasting tailgaters and frenzied ticket-campers who had set up a colorful tent city - labeled "Paternoville" - outside their entrance. Hours before the 7:45 p.m. start, crowds methodically circled the stadium in nervous anticipation.
  Once the gates opened, 20,000 students - virtually all of them wearing white shirts - streamed into their fifth of the massive stadium, erupting into a white froth whenever a Nittany Lions player emerged from the south end-zone tunnel.
  It was the type of energized scene that had been missing from Happy Valley as the Nittany Lions endured four losing seasons this millennium.
  And all that was topped by a postgame explosion that saw thousands of fans rush the field. At one point, their mad scramble collapsed a low grandstand fence, sending several students tumbling - apparently unhurt - to the wet grass below.
  It was one more sign that this long-dormant program and its legendary coach were, for the moment at least, back among the nation's elite.
  "To have Penn State back in the mainstream is a very good thing, not just for the Big Ten, but for all of college football," Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said.

OHIO STATE
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
Rushing Att Gain Lost Net TD LG
Pittman 15 58 0 58 0 11
Smith 19 53 38 15 1 10
Schnittker 4 13 0 13 0 7
Ginn, Jr. 2 5 0 5 0 5
 
Passing Att Comp INT Yds TD LG
Smith 25 13 1 139 0 26
 
Receiving No. Yds TD LG
Holmes 4 41 0 21
Ginn, Jr. 3 40 0 26
Hamby 2 24 0 13
Pittman 2 20 0 12
White, Jr. 1 11 0 11
Hall 1 3 0 3
 
Punting No. Yds AVG LG In20
Trapasso 6 262 43.7 60 1
 
Returns PR KOR INTR
Ginn, Jr. 2-5 4-59 -
 
Field Goal Attempts
Huston 1st 06:41 30 yds Good
Huston 3rd 01:58 50 yds Missed
 
Defense T TFL S Int. FF FR
Hawk 5-4-9 2.5-4 - - - -
Schlegel 4-5-9 1.0-2 - - - -
Patterson 3-2-5 1.5-2 - - - -
Salley 4-0-4 1.0-6 - - - -
Whitner 4-0-4 - - - - -
Starting Lineups
PENN STATE
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
Rushing Att Gain Lost Net TD LG
Hunt 16 73 9 64 0 25
Robinson 14 54 2 52 1 16
Williams 4 13 3 10 1 13
TEAM 3 0 9 -9 0 0
 
Passing Att Comp INT Yds TD LG
Robinson 20 11 0 78 0 13
 
Receiving No. Yds TD LG
Norwood 5 36 0 10
Butler 3 30 0 13
Williams 1 11 0 11
Snow 1 7 0 7
King 1 -6 0 0
 
Punting No. Yds AVG LG In20
Kapinos 7 242 34.6 54 2
 
Returns PR KOR INTR
Lowry 1-3 - 1-36
King - 1-12 -
Hahn - 1-6 -
 
Field Goal Attempts
Kelly 3rd 11:10 41 yds Good
 
Defense T TFL S Int. FF FR
Posluszny 6-8-14 2.0-13 1.0-10 - - -
Harrell 6-6-12 - - - - -
Connor 5-7-12 1.0-4 1.0-4 - - -
Lowry 3-4-7 - - 1-36 - -
Hali 2-5-7 2.5-11 1.5-10 - 1 -
TEAM STATISTICS
  OSU PSU
FIRST DOWNS 16 11
Rushing 7 6
Passing 8 5
Penalty 1 0
NET YARDS RUSHING 91 117
Rushing Attempts 40 37
Yards Gained Rushing 129 140
Yards Lost Rushing 38 23
NET YARD PASSING 139 78
Passes Attempted 25 20
Passes Completed 13 11
Had Intercepted 1 0
TOTAL OFFENSIVE PLAYS 65 57
TOTAL NET YARDS 230 195
Avg. Gain Per Play 3.5 3.4
Fumbles: No. - Lost 3-1 1-0
Penalties: No. - Yds. 4-25 5-29
No. of Punts - Yards 6-262 7-242
Avg. Per Punt 43.7 34.6
Punt Returns: No. - Yds. 2-5 1-3
Kickoff Returns: No. - Yds. 4-59 2-18
Interceptions: No. - Yds. 0-0 1-36
Fumble Returns: No. - Yds. 0-0 0-0
Miscellaneous Yards 0 0
Possession Time 31:42 28:18
3rd Down Conversion 6 of 15 3 of 13
4th Down Conversion 0 of 0 1 of 1
Sacks By: No. - Yds. 0-0 5-34
 
PSU PARTICIPANTS (47) - 1 Phillips, 2 Williams, 3 Butler, 4 Norwood, 6 Johnson, 7 King, 9 Ganter, 10 Lowry, 11 Davis, 12 Robinson, 13 Alford, 16 Sargeant, 18 Scirrotto, 19 Kubic, 20 Shaw, 21 Zemaitis, 22 Hardy, 23 Kelly, 24 McCready, 24 Norwood, 26 Hunt, 27 Harrell, 30 Snow, 31 Posluszny, 33 Scott, 34 Hahn, 35 Zwierzynski, 36 Kapinos, 37 Ridenhour, 40 Connor, 41 Paxson, 43 Kilmer, 44 Hall, 45 Lee, 46 Sales, 50 Richardson, 51 Cianciolo, 55 Rice, 57 Shipley, 59 Rush, 64 Ohrnberger, 66 Antolick, 67 Brown, 74 Reed, 77 Smith, 81 Smolko, 91 Hali.