A look back at the teams Penn State has already played.
Lost to #23 Kent State (11-1) 28-6
After starting the season 7-0 and cracking into the national rankings, Ohio has tanked losing 4 of their last five. It's Kent State's best season and they will get a chance to win the MAC next week when they take on No 24 Northern Illinois, the league's west champion. The game wasn't even close as Kent scored three times in the first quarter and Ohio could only manage two field goals all game long.
The killer score came when senior linebacker C.J. Malauulu returned a Tyler Tettleton pass for a 3 yard touchdown with Kent up 14-0. Ohio was never able to recover. Kent State also had 8 sacks as they harrassed Tettleton all day.
Lost to Virginia Tech (6-6) 17-14
Tech kicked a 29-yard field goal with 4 seconds left to take the 3 point victory and is now bowl eligible. It wasn't easy, kicker Cody Journell missed a field goal earlier in the game but redeemed himself when it counted the most. Michael Rocco threw a costly interception with 3:21 remaining to set up Virginia Tech's field goal and game winning drive. Quarterback Logan Thomas ran for one touchdown and threw for another for the Hokies who have taken 13 of the last 14 games in this once-close rivalry.
Next up: Army (2-8) Dec. 8th @ 3PM
Lost to Syracuse (7-5) 38-20
Syracuse left the Big East a winner and will play a bowl game before moving on to the ACC next season. The Orange won five of their last six games of the season to make it to a bowl game. Quarterback Ryan Nassib threw for 215 yards and a touchdown and Adonis Ameen-Moore rushed for two scores to pace the Orange. Temple's Montel Harris who ran for 351 yards and 7 touchdowns a week ago was able to rush for over a 100 but was held out of the end zone.
Lost to Northwestern (9-3) 50-14
Northwestern compiled 451 yards of total offense including 338 on the ground to throttle Illinois 50-14. Most of the damage was done by Kain Colter who threw for a career-high 3 touchdowns and rushed for another. Penalties and turnovers killed Illinois as they dropped their 9th straight in a row in Tim Beckman's first season as Illini head coach and 14th in a row in Big Ten play. Beckman's offense ranks dead last in the B1G conference.
Beat Illinois (2-10) 50-14
Lost to Nebraska (10-2) 13-7
Nebraska hasn't won a conference title since 1999, but will get their shot next week in the championship game against
Ohio State Penn State Wisconsin. Rex Burkhead returned for the Cornhuskers and really had the only meaningful stat; the go-ahead touchdown with 3:10 to play in the game. This was a boring slog-fest that saw a grand total of 155 passing yards between both teams combined. I guess Iowa gets the "boring" offense tag now that BO'B's running the show for Penn State.
Both teams had two turnovers but the most important came by way of an interception with just over 2 minutes to play. QB James Vandenberg's pass was intercepted by Alonzo Whaley at the Iowa 40 and Nebraska ran out the clock. Iowa's painful season finally comes to and end and the same can probably be said for Kirk Ferentz's job.
Ohio State (12-0)
Beat #19 Michigan (8-4) 26-21
What started out looking like an offense shootout turned into a defensive struggle as Ohio State kicked two field goals in the second half to take the lead. Michigan entered the second half up 21-20. In the end it was the only scoring of the second half as the Buckeye defense made it count. Michigan turned the ball over 4 times the last with 4:40 to play when QB Devin Gardner was picked by C.J. Barnett. The Wolverines never saw the ball again. Michigan only generated 39 yards of offense in the second half and never made it past midfield.
Beat Indiana (4-8) 56-35
Danny Hope's team is heading to a second straight bowl game and is in the midst of a 3 game winning streak. Unfortunately that wasn't enough to keep Hope's job as he was fired this weekend.
This game was the highest scoring in it's 115 year history. With 12:14 to play in the 4th quarter the game was tied at 35 a piece. The lead changed hands 5 times as the teams exchanged a total of 13 touchdowns and not a single field goal. Purdue went on to score 3 unanswered touchdowns to blow open the tie. Both quarterbacks in this game thew for 348 yards as the two teams combined for 1070 yards total. The difference though was Indiana's Robert Marve threw 3 interceptions as Indiana turned the ball over 4 times. Purdue running back Akeem Shavers ran for 126 yards and a score but had two other scores (runs of 71 and 58) called back on holding penalties. Shavers was Purdue's leading receiver as well catching 2 passes for 99 yards; both touchdowns.
Beat Iowa (4-8) 13-7
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