Carpenter was dressed up for Halloween and there were no tricks, only treats for the Buckeyes. Ohio State (5-3, 2-3 Big Ten) bounced back from a 33-7 drubbing at Iowa on Oct. 16 with back-to-back Big Ten victories.
"We've been talking ever since that Iowa game – that disaster out in Iowa – that we have a five-game season left," Ohio State senior co-captain Dustin Fox said in the Nov. 6, 2004, edition of BSB. "I think that we're just trying to take it one game at a time. We have these last two games where we've been successful.
"Now we just have to carry it on to the next three games, especially the next two on the road (at Michigan State and at Purdue), which is going to be key. We have to win a Big Ten game on the road."
The Buckeyes only had 202 yards of total offense, but OSU's special teams and defense made that enough with two first-quarter touchdowns. The first came on a 67-yard punt return for a score by Ted Ginn Jr. less than six minutes into the game. Less than two minutes later, the lead increased to 14-0 thanks to a 24-yard interception return for a touchdown by safety Tyler Everett.
"That gave us a huge boost of confidence," Carpenter said. "Anytime the defense can get in the end zone, it's big. We pride ourselves on getting turnovers and we made the most out of them today."
Penn State answered with a second-quarter touchdown, but Ohio State took a 21-7 lead into halftime thanks to a 4-yard touchdown run by Brandon Joe.
Neither team found much offensive success after halftime. Penn State had the only points after the break, getting a 21-yard field goal by Robbie Gould in the fourth quarter.
"We made it a point to make them work harder in the second half," Everett said. "They had gotten things a little too easy in the first half, so we buckled down and went after them."
Maurice Hall led Ohio State's rushing attack with 65 yards on 14 carries. Quarterback Troy Smith completed 6 of 8 passes for 59 yards. Defensively, A.J. Hawk had 13 tackle with Anthony Schlegel adding 10 stops. Schlegel also had 3.5 tackles for a loss, including 1.5 sacks.
The game also marked the day on which Ohio State retired the jersey of Chic Harley.
1999: No. 21 Ohio State 41, Iowa 11 – Despite playing against a 1-7 Iowa squad, Ohio State played its best game of the season on homecoming. The win moved the Buckeyes back above .500 in the Big Ten at 3-2 (6-3 overall) and OSU won consecutive conference games for the first time.
"I think we're getting better," Ohio State head coach John Cooper said in the Nov. 6, 1999, edition of BSB. "I think we're getting better as the season goes on and I think that's a tribute to the football team, their work ethic and the assistant coaches. We're trying to get better and if we can keep winning we can end up with a decent year."
Ohio State spotted Iowa an 8-0 lead before taking command. The Buckeyes piled up 534 yards of total offense. Quarterback Steve Bellisari had one of his best games, completing 12 of 21 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 32 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown.
"We had enough balance that they couldn't gang up and blitz the quarterback," Cooper said. "We were able to run the ball effectively early in the game."
Michael Wiley (86 yards on 15 carries) and Jonathan Wells (51 yards on nine carries) sparked the rushing attack, which finished with 217 yards. Flanker Ken-Yon Rambo was Bellisari's top target, catching seven passes for 179 yards and a touchdown.
Wells got Ohio State's offense going with a 1-yard touchdown run in first quarter. Bellisari added an 18-yard touchdown run and Kevin Houser scored on a 3-yard pass from Bellisari to give the Buckeyes a 21-8 halftime lead.
A 3-yard touchdown run by Wells, 40-yard TD reception by Rambo and 41-yard Austin Mohereman touchdown pass to Vanness Provitt capped OSU's scoring.
Na'il Diggs led the Ohio State defense with 11 tackles. He was also one of seven players to record a tackle for loss.
The game also featured a surprise jersey retirement ceremony. Archie Griffin was not clued in on the fact that his familiar No. 45 would be retired at halftime as his 1974 Big Ten championship team was recognized.
"It's just such a surprise, knowing it had never been done before here at Ohio State," Griffin said moments after the ceremony. "I am really surprised. This is just a wonderful honor. I want to thank (Ohio State athletic director Andy Geiger) and everyone involved who made this happen."
1993: No. 3 Ohio State 24, No. 12 Penn State 6 – A sloppy playing field at Ohio Stadium was not enough to slow the Buckeyes down in a showdown of top-15 teams. Ohio State beat the Nittany Lions in their first matchup as Big Ten foes.
Buckeye fans stormed the snowy field following the win and some tried in vain to tear down the goal posts after one of the biggest home wins in several years.
"This is really great," senior tight end and co-captain Cedric Saunders said in the Nov. 6, 1993, edition of BSB. "I couldn't get to the locker room and that was the best feeling I've had since I've been here. In the past, we've been king of up and down and that kind of stuff really never happened here.
"But we can't get too high from this win. This was a great win, but we can't place any more importance on this one than we have any other. We cannot get caught looking back or looking ahead. We're so close to reaching our goals, we do not want to fail now."
Under snowy skies Ohio State improved to 8-0 and kept its national title hopes alive. The Buckeye defense made it a very long afternoon for Penn State quarterback Kerry Collins, who had four passes intercepted. He completed only 13 of 39 passes for 122 yards and was sacked once.
Penn State had entered the game averaging nearly 440 yards of total offense per game but were held to 271 against Ohio State. PSU running back Ki-Jana Carter played well, running for 123 yards on 24 carries, but he was the only Nittany Lion to pose a threat.
Meanwhile, Ohio State rode senior tailback Raymont Harris, who established a career high with 151 yards. Bobby Hoying and Bret Powers combined to complete 8 of 19 passes for 156 yards and a touchdown.
Ohio State built a 17-6 lead at halftime on a 4-yard touchdown run by Raymont Harris, Tim Williams' 22-yard field goal and a 25-yard TD pass from Powers to Joey Galloway. Those scores were enough to earn the victory, but Ohio State still added a third-quarter 4-yard touchdown run by Butler By'not'e to close the scoring.
"This was a tremendous victory for our players and our program," Cooper said. "We are very happy to have beaten a very, very tough Penn State team today. But we still have to come back next week and play another tough opponent in Wisconsin. We've been saying this all along and it's still true: We have to keep working hard. We're close to where we want to be, so we can't let up now."
Craig Powell and Walter Taylor reached double digits in tackles with 11 and 10, respectively. Taylor added two interceptions, and Dan Wilkinson recorded a sack.
1982: Ohio State 38, Purdue 6 – The Boilermakers racked up 423 yards of total offense, but Ohio State did not allow a touchdown in a win at Ohio Stadium.
"We were doing the right stuff," Ohio State defensive tackle Jerome Foster said. "We messed up a couple of times, but we didn't let them get into the end zone. That's what I'm happy about today."
Ohio State (5-3, 4-1 Big Ten) built a 17-6 lead at halftime, and a defensive stop gave the Buckeyes the momentum heading into the second half. Purdue looked to be on the verge of scoring a touchdown late in the second quarter, but a fumble that was recovered by Marcus Marek ended the threat and essentially ended any chance the Boilermakers had of winning the game.
Purdue moved the ball most with success on offense through much of the afternoon but was held to four field goal attempts, two of which were missed.
Ohio State was led by quarterback Mike Tomczak and running back Tim Spencer. Tomczak completed 9 of 16 passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns. Spencer gashed Purdue for 168 yards on 20 carries. Spencer also scored on touchdown runs of 41 and 2 yards.
1976: No. 8 Ohio State 47, Indiana 7 – It was rainy and cold in Bloomington, but Ohio State's offense remained hot and the Buckeyes (6-1-1) remained unbeaten in the Big Ten at 4-0. Ohio State led 12-7 at halftime before exploding after the break, scoring five touchdowns.
Head coach Woody Hayes described the first half as "as bad a first half as we've ever played." The Buckeyes lost two fumbles and botched an extra point after a bad snap. In his first start at quarterback in place of injured Rod Gerald, Jim Pacenta completed 5 of 7 passes for 90 yards. That included a 59-yard touchdown pass to Jim Harrell.
1971: No. 10 Ohio State 14, Minnesota 12 – After trailing 6-0 in the first half, the Buckeyes (6-1, 5-0) rallied for a road victory. Minnesota had a chance to tie the game in the final minutes. The Golden Gophers scored a touchdown but had a two-point conversion attempt run by Gopher quarterback Craig Curry stopped a foot short of the goal line.
Stan White, Harry Howard and Vic Koegel made the game-saving stop.
1965: Ohio State 11, Minnesota 10 – Bob Funk's 18-yard field goal with 1:17 left in the fourth quarter gave the Buckeyes a narrow victory at Ohio Stadium in the first matchup between OSU and Minnesota in 15 seasons.
Unlike most Buckeye victories under Hayes, Ohio State (4-2) used a big pass to score its lone touchdown. Don Unverferth tossed a 25-yard scoring strike to halfback Nelson Adderly. After the score, the Buckeyes added a two-point conversion on a run around right end by holder Len Fontes.
Minnesota missed a short field goal with 17 seconds left in the fourth quarter to preserve Ohio State's victory.
1954: No. 1 Ohio State 14, Northwestern 7 – Top-ranked Ohio State (6-0, 4-0) struggled before pulling away for a victory. A Bobby Watkins 24-yard touchdown reception from Dave Leggett broke a fourth-quarter tie.
1948: No. 9 Northwestern 21, Ohio State 7 – The Wildcats ended Ohio State's Rose Bowl hopes with a win in Evanston. Halfback Johnny Miller led NU, rushing for 124 yards and scoring two of the Wildcats' three touchdowns. Ohio State fell to 4-2 (2-2 Big Ten).
1943: Indiana 20, Ohio State 14 – A touchdown with 32 seconds left in the fourth quarter pushed the Hoosiers to a victory in one of the most thrilling games between the two schools. Ohio State (1-5) trailed 13-0 at halftime before rallying to take a 14-13 lead on two fourth-quarter touchdowns by Dean Sensenbaugher. However, the Hoosier's rallied for the win.
1937: No. 8 Ohio State 39, Chicago 0 – Thirty-six players, many of them reserves, saw action for Ohio State in a blowout victory. The Maroons, once a storied program, were in the midst of their decline. Approximately 10,000 people were at the homecoming game at Stagg Field. The win helped OSU (5-1, 2-0) keep track with Minnesota as the only unbeatens in Big Ten play.
1926: Ohio State 18, Chicago 0 – The Buckeyes (5-0) scored six points in each of the final three quarters to defeat the host Maroons at recently renovated Stagg Field. More than 45,000 were in attendance to see guard Ed Hess led a stellar effort by the OSU defense.
1920: Ohio State 7, Chicago 6 – In OSU's first meeting against Amos Alonzo Stagg's Maroons, the Buckeyes won a battle of unbeatens. Ohio State (5-0) trailed 6-0 in the fourth quarter before driving 70 fields for a game-winning touchdown. Fullback Charles Taylor capped the drive with a 3-yard touchdown, and "Hoge" Workman's extra point broke the tie.
1909: Ohio State 21, Ohio Wesleyan 6 – Ohio State improved to 5-1 with a win over the visiting Battling Bishops. It was a second straight lopsided victory for the Buckeyes after a loss at Michigan.
1897: Oberlin 44, Ohio State 0 – The struggling Buckeyes were shut out for the fourth time and fell to 1-4-1 on the season.