McMullen's 5-yard touchdown strike to Michael Jenkins, along with Mike Nugent's successful extra point, with only 1:35 remaining proved to be the game-winning score. McMullen completed 12 of his 17 passes in the game for 112 yards and two touchdowns. He entered the game when Krenzel suffered an injury near the end of the first half.
"We‘re very fortunate to have two solid quarterback," Jenkins said. "Most teams, when their starter goes down, just try to hang on. We never really missed a beat. We have a lot of confidence in both Craig and Scott."
Even after McMullen's final TD throw the Buckeyes had to wait out some anxious moments. The Nittany Lions went on offense with 1:31 remaining, and Penn State moved the ball from its own 18 to the OSU 38 behind the steady passing of Zack Mills. The quarterback completed 7 of 8 passes during the drive, but he and PSU ran out of time. With two seconds remaining, David Kimball came on to attempt a 60-yard field goal. The kick fell short and to the right of the goalpost, preserving the win for the Buckeyes.
"I thought I had made it when I hit it," said Kimball, who made field goals of 42 and 48 yards earlier in the game. "I was hoping the wind would help it sail a little bit, but it didn‘t. I guess it was like the whole game. We came close but just couldn‘t get it."
Lydell Ross gave Ohio State a 7-0 lead in the first quarter when he capped a 14-play, 74-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown plunge. That lead did not last, however, and the Nittany Lions built a 17-7 lead by halftime.
The McMullen came to the rescue. He got the Buckeyes within a score early in the third quarter when he led OSU on a 12-play, 80-yard touchdown drive that lasted more than five minutes. Jenkins capped the drive with a 4-yard touchdown reception from McMullen that helped cut the deficit to 17-14.
Kimball made his 48-yard field goal with just more than 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter to extend the lead to 20-14 in favor of PSU. However, McMullen led a comeback by completing all seven of his passes during Ohio State's final drive and scrambling for runs of 6, 8 and 5 yards - two of those resulting in first downs. His TD throw to Jenkins on a fade route capped the rally.
McMullen gave Krenzel credit for calling the play that produced the touchdown.
"Craig called that one," McMullen said. "He said that a fade in the corner of the end zone to Mike would work because Mike could out jump any of their defenders. He was right."
Ross led the Ohio State rushing attack with 110 yards on 24 carries. Santonio Holmes caught five passes for a game-high 78 yards. Defensively, Dustin Fox led the way with nine tackles and an interception. Nate Salley also added nine stops.
1997: No. 9 Ohio State 37, No. 21 Michigan State 13: Safety Gary Berry scored twice in a matter of just more than two minutes in the first quarter and that was enough to spur the Buckeyes past the host Spartans.
Berry‘s scores, coming on an interception return and a recovered fumble on a blocked punt, broke a 3-3 tie and allowed Ohio State to hand MSU its third straight loss.
"It was a blow to them just like if it happened to us it would be a blow to us," Berry said. "They came out and were running the ball, and we just had to clamp down and not let them have anything."
The Buckeyes cruised following Berry's quick scores, and the OSU defense did well in containing the Spartans - especially do-it-all tailback Sedrick Irvin. He finished with 61 yards on 19 carries and four receptions for 22 yards.
"He was their leading rusher and their leading receiver," said OSU cornerback Antoine Winfield, who led Ohio State with 11 tackles, 10 solo. "Our plan was to come in here and contain him. He was like 70 percent of their offense. We stopped him and won the game."
Ohio State found a good balance on offense, compiling 202 yards on the ground and 203 through the air. Quarterback Joe Germaine came off the bench and completed 13 of 18 passes for 134 yards with a touchdown and interception. David Boston led the receivers with eight catches for 119 yards and a score.
After the teams traded early field goals, the Buckeyes took control. Michigan State quarterback Todd Schultz tried to find Gari Scott on the first play from scrimmage following Dan Stultz's 25-yard, game-tying field goal, but the pass was short and Berry intercepted it. Ahmed Plummer made a key block of Schultz, which allowed Berry to return the pass 45 yards for a touchdown with 2:52 left in the first quarter.
Moments later Berry was back in the end zone. The OSU defense forced Michigan State to punt, and Buckeye linebacker Marcel Willis came through the middle of the MSU offensive line untouched and blocked the punt. The ball ricocheted off Berry and headed toward the MSU goal line, where Berry beat punter Paul Edinger to the bouncing ball for a touchdown.
"I just had to make sure I picked it up," Berry said. "I just grabbed it and scored. It bounced right up into my hands."
Boston scored on an 11-yard touchdown pass from Germaine with less than a minutes remaining in the second quarter, and Pepe Pearson added OSU's other touchdown on a 3-yard run. Stultz made field goals of 43 and 38 yards to go with his 25-yard boot.
In addition to Berry's interception, Damon Moore notched a pick. Na'il Diggs and Andy Katzenmoyer both recorded sacks.
1986: No. 17 Ohio State 31, No. 11 Iowa 10: Linebacker Chris Spielman recorded 18 tackles in a rout of the Hawkeyes in front of a hostile crowd at Kinnick Stadium.
"I've told you before that the greatest feeling in the world was to come into another team's stadium in a really big game, where the fans are really up, and you walk off that field and look at the scoreboard and you're a winner," Spielman said. "That's probably the greatest feeling I've had since I've been a Buckeye."
The Buckeyes held Iowa, a team that was ranked fourth in the nation in total offense and sixth in scoring, to only 195 yards of total offense and 10 points. Leading the way was Spielman, who earned the praise of his head coach following the game.
"If there's a better linebacker in the country than Spielman, I really don't know who he is," Earle Bruce said. "Because he really works hard and he excites our kids. He most certainly is a competitor and he did a great job today."
Eric Kumerow and Scott Leach added eight tackles apiece for Ohio State's defense, which did not allow a touchdown. Iowa's lone trip to the end zone came on defense when Hawkeye nickle back Kerry Burt grabbed a tipped pass and dashed 17 yards for a touchdown less than three minutes into the game.
Ohio State took control after the Burt touchdown, scoring three second-quarter touchdowns. Cris Carter tied the game on a 72-yard touchdown recpetion from Jim Karsatos, and George Cooper gave OSU the lead with a 9-yard touchdown run. Cornerback Greg Rogan gave the Buckeyes a defensive touchdown with just more than six minutes before halftime on a 31-yard fumble return.
Everett Ross added a 38-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter, and Matt Frantz capped the scoring with a 37-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.
It was, without question, our best game to date," Bruce said of his 7-2 Buckeyes. "It's not easy winning in a place like this."
Cooper led the OSU rushing attack with 67 yards on 19 carries. Karsatos completed 10 of 20 passes for 195 yards. Carter caught six of those passes for 121 yards.
1980: No. 9 Ohio State 48, Michigan State 16: A balanced offensive attack led Bruce's Buckeyes past the host Spartans.
Ohio State netted 381 rushing yards and 222 passing yards in the rout. Art Schlichter capped an 88-yard, 10-play drive late in the second quarter with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Gary Williams. That gave the Buckeyes a 24-10 lead at halftime and allowed OSU to cruise in the second half.
Schlichter threw for 212 yards in the win and increased his career total to 4,085. He became just the seventh player in Big Ten history to throw for more than 4,000 yards.
1975: No. 1 Ohio State 24, Indiana 14: The top-ranked Buckeyes got a scare at home against the Hoosiers.
Ohio State led 17-0 at halftime, but the Hoosiers rallied with two third-quarter touchdowns to make it 17-14 going into the final 15 minutes. Pete Johnson helped the 87,835 in attendance breathe easier with a 1-yard touchdown plunge in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
Fullback Rick Enis scored both touchdowns for Indiana.
1969: No. 1 Ohio State 35, Northwestern 6: Four Northwestern turnovers, along with 575 yards of offense, helped the Buckeyes roll past the Wildcats at Dyche Stadium on Homecoming.
The Buckeyes used three quarterbacks - Rex Kern, Ron Maciejowski and Kevin Rusnak - in the win and OSU head coach Woody Hayes substituted liberally. The trio of signalcallers combined for 17 completions for 213 yards. Kern threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Jan White, and Maciejowski found Jim Otis for a 12-yard score. Otis scored on two other rushes and was the game's leading rusher with 127 yards.
1958: No. 11 Northwestern 21, No. 5 Ohio State 0: Ara Parseghian's Wildcats broke a scoreless tie at halftime and knocked off the favored Buckeyes.
Parseghian was in his third year as head coach at Northwestern and saw his team improved to 5-1 with the win, a year after the Wildcats went winless. Quarterback Dick Thornton passed for two touchdowns and scored a third himself. He also made all three of Northwestern's extra points.
1952: Ohio State 24, Northwestern 21: The Buckeyes rallied for victory behind 17 fourth-quarter points - all coming off poor Northwestern special teams play.
Northwestern led 21-7 at halftime before Ohio State responded after a scoreless third quarter. On the first play of the final 15 minutes, Ohio State was stopped on a fourth-and-goal play at the Northwestern 1. Yet after stopping the Wildcats on defense, Ohio State was back on the attack after a poor punt gave the Buckeyes the ball on the Northwestern 18. Halfback Fred Bruney capped the short drive with a 1-yard touchdown, cutting the deficit to 21-14.
Another poor punt set up the Buckeyes on their next scoring drive. Ohio State needed to move only 42 yards to tie the game and did so in one play. Quarterback John Borton passed the ball to an open Fred Bruney at the Northwestern 18, and Bruney sprinted to the end zone to tie the game.
The Buckeyes took the lead thanks to another Wildcat blunder on a punt. OSU tackle Irv Denker blocked a punt and linebacker Tony Curcillo recovered the ball at the Northwestern 6. Ohio State was held to a field goal by Tad Weed field goal, but that was enough to give the Buckeyes the win.
1947: Indiana 7, Ohio State 0: A week after allowing winless Pittsburgh to finally break into the win column, Ohio State's struggles continued at home.
George Taliaferro scored the game's only touchdown on a 5-yard run over left tackle, capping an 80-yard drive in the first quarter. A 63-yard reception by Melvin Groomes set up the score.
1941: Ohio State 21, Pittsburgh 14: Dick Fisher led the way as the Buckeyes outlasted the Panthers.
Fisher set up OSU's first score with a 33-yard run around right end and finished with 174 yards rushing on 25 carries. The Buckeyes built a 12-0 lead before Pittsburgh responded before halftime. Ohio State extended the lead to 19-7 when Fisher reached the end zone with a 35-yard touchdown run.
George Cheroke blocked a Pittsburgh punt for a fourth-quarter safety.
1930: Ohio State 0, Wisconsin 0: The favored Badgers had outscored their opponents 148-13 but could only manage a tie on Homecoming at Ohio Stadium.
1924: Ohio State 7, Wooster 7: The 300th game in Ohio State history finished with a tie against the in-state rival Fighting Scots.
The Buckeyes had many scoring opportunities but could only reach the end zone once. That came when sophomore halfback Myers Clark scored on a 7-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
Wooster earned the tie with a fourth-quarter score. Ohio State had a record of 184-92-24 through 300 games.
1913: Indiana 7, Ohio State 6: Ohio State's first Big Ten game in school history ended with a loss to the Hoosiers.
Indiana scored its touchdown on a Ohio State fumble recovered in the end zone by end Rush Krause. The Hoosiers made the extra point that broke the 6-6 tie.
Ohio State did make its extra point following its touchdown, but the referee took the point away because the holder's finger was still under the ball when the kicker booted the kick.
The game marked the first for Ohio State in the Western Conference, which later became the Big Ten.
1902: Ohio State 51, Kenyon 5: The Buckeyes scored the most points they had in a game since 1892 in a rout over Kenyon.
The game was one of two played in Columbus that afternoon. Notre Dame played Ohio Medical University at Neil Park that same day. The Fighting Irish won that game, 6-5.
1890: Wooster 64, Ohio State 0: The second game in program history - and the first in Columbus - ended with a lopsided loss to Wooster.
The Buckeyes began their inaugural season May 3 with a 20-14 win at Ohio Wesleyan in Delaware, Ohio, but Wooster proved to be a much tougher foe. The game, played at Recreation Park, was one of three the Buckeyes would play in November.