Top Penn State Moments vs Ohio State
With Big Ten Championship and College Football Playoff implications on the line on Saturday, Penn State-Ohio State is bound to have a great moment or two this Saturday. So, to get you ready for Saturday, here my top 5 moments of the Penn State-Ohio State rivalry since 2000.
Honorable Mention #1: Mike Hull Blocked Punt (2012)
Honorable Mention #2 Alan Zemaitis Pick 6 (2003)
#5: Anthony Zettel Pick 6 (2014)
Penn State came out of halftime down 17-0 against #13 Ohio State. With the Buckeyes looking to take total control of the game, Anthony Zettel dropped into coverage and picked off Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett. Zettel returned the interception for a touchdown and turned the bleachers at Beaver Stadium into a trampoline.
#4 Mark Rubin Forces Terrelle Pryor to Fumble (2008)
Like the 2014 game, Ohio State had all the momentum and the Penn State defense came up huge. With a 6-3 lead in the fourth quarter and driving down the field, Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor took a QB sneak on 3rd & 1 and for some reason bounced it outside. Penn State safety Mark Rubin was there to make the stop and forced the game changing fumble in the process. Penn State recovered the fumble and won the game 13-6, keeping their undefeated season alive.
#3 Zack Mills 69 Yard Touchdown Run (2001)
Penn State Head Coach Joe Paterno needed just one more win to pass Bear Bryant on the Division Coaching Wins list. But, things were looking bleak as the Nittany Lions were down 27-9 in the third quarter. But, a magical play by Penn State freshman QB Zack Mills would prove to be a magical day for JoePa as he passed the Bear and notched win #324.
#2 Tamba Hali’s Sack and Forced Fumble (2005)
It was the biggest game at Beaver Stadium in several seasons. It was one of the first White Outs, as well. Up 17-10 against Ohio State late in the fourth quarter, the Penn State defense needed to step up just one more time. They did just that when Tamba Hali came flying off the edge and sacked Ohio State QB Troy Smith. The hit caused Smith to fumble and flip over his head while Scott Paxson scurried to jump on the loose ball and secure Penn State’s biggest win of the 21st century to that point.
#1 Marcus Allen Field Goal Block (2016)
Was there any doubt? Penn State charged back to make it a 21-17 game in the fourth quarter against #2 Ohio State. Ohio State rushed their field goal unit out to try to make it a 7 point lead. But, you know what happens next. Penn State went on to pull off the upset, 24-21, won the 2016 Big Ten Championship, and earned a Rose Bowl bid. Ever since, Penn State has been one of the top programs throughout the country.