Ohio State is undefeated no more.
Thanks to a blocked field goal returned for a touchdown in the game's final five minutes, Penn State pulled off a stunning upset of the previously undefeated Buckeyes, 24-21, on Saturday night in Happy Valley.
The Nittany Lions trailed 21-7 at the start of the fourth quarter, getting three huge plays en route to a touchdown before kicking a field goal to bring them within four points. The Buckeyes went down the field and lined up for a field goal that would've put them up by a touchdown, but the kick was blocked, Grant Haley picking the ball up and returning it 60 yards for a crazy go-ahead score.
Here's the play:
Ohio State got the ball back with four and a half minutes remaining but couldn't get out of its own territory, J.T. Barrett sacked on third and fourth down to turn the ball over to Penn State and seal the game.
The game started with a sloppy first half, the Buckeyes scoring first with a field goal off a punt fumbled by the Lions. An 11-play, 78-yard touchdown drive capped a 26-yard pass from Barrett to Marcus Baugh made it a 9-0 game (thanks to a missed extra point), and after Ohio State added a field goal, Penn State stitched together a 74-yard drive finished off with a 20-yard pass from Trace McSorley to Chris Godwin for a touchdown, making the game 12-7 at halftime.
A monstrous 74-yard touchdown run by Curtis Samuel was immediately followed by an Ohio State safety, making the Buckeyes appear in complete control at 21-7.
But then came that fourth quarter, Penn State scoring on a drive that featured plays of 16, 37 and 35 yards. The capper was a two-yard rush by McSorley, and the Lions were within a touchdown. Then came that field goal and the ensuing blocked kick return for a score that served as the game-winner.
The score was hardly indicative of how productive the two teams were. Ohio State had a massive 413-276 advantage in total yardage, holding onto the ball for nearly 15 more minutes. The Buckeyes were 10-for-24 on third and fourth down, while the Lions were just 2-for-14. And while Barrett completed 28 passes, McSorley completed just eight. Barrett finished with 245 passing yards and a touchdown, while McSorley had 154 yards and a touchdown plus 63 rushing yards and a score on the ground.
Saquon Barkley had 99 rushing yards for Penn State, while Samuel and Mike Weber each had 71 rushing yards for Ohio State.
Saturday night's result dramatically shook up the Big Ten, removing Ohio State from the list of the conference's undefeated teams. The Buckeyes, at 6-1, can of course still win a slew of championships, but the margin for error has practically evaporated if they're going to reach the College Football Playoff.
The win sent Penn State to 5-2, and the Lions sit in second place in the Big Ten East Division standings behind only undefeated Michigan.
The Lions next take on Purdue, and the Buckeyes next take on Northwestern.