With four losing seasons in the last five years, the Nittany Nation was hungry for a statement game to tell the college football world the Nittany Lions are back. That opportunity came Saturday against No. 6 Ohio State, under the lights on national television. With the ESPN Gameday Crew and the entire nation watching, the 16th-ranked Nittany Lions notched their biggest win in years, overtalking the Buckeyes of Ohio State 17-10 before a crowd of 109,839 at Beaver Stadium.
Penn State (6-0, 3-0) now stands alone atop the Big Ten thanks to Wisonsin, the conference's only other unbeaten team coming into Saturday, dropping a 51-48 decision to Northwestern earlier in the day.
The OSU-PSU clash was a battle of defensive titans showcasing some of the best linebacker units and overall defenses in the nation. In the end, PS rolled up 202 yards to OSU's 230.
Ohio State notched the game's first points with a 12-play, 44-yard march on its second possession.
Penn State responded driving 74 yards in nine plays to its first touchdown early in the second quarter. Hunt ripped off a 25-yard run on a draw, breaking several tackles and shifting momentum to the Lions. Robinson then had a 16-yard run down to the OSU 13 yard line. On first down Derrick Williams lined up at tailback and took the ball on a 13-yard run to put PSU up 7-3.
On the ensuing drive PSU safety Calvin Lowry made the easy interception, returning it 36 yards down the 2 yard line and shifting the momentum to high gear for Penn State and in turn dialing up the crowd a few decibles.
Afgter two failed attempts to score, Robinson punched in a 1-yard quarterback keeper, pushing the lead to 14-3 with 7:55 left in the first half.
Just prior to the half Ohio State trimmed PSU's lead to 14-10.
On the opening drive of the second half Penn State set up Kevin Kelly for a 41-yard field goal, putting the Lions up 17-10 with 11:10 left in the third quarter.
From that point on the Buckeyes were unable to score, missing a 50-yard field goal attempt.
With this win Penn State regained the edge in the series 11-10.
OSU holds an 8-5 lead in the Big Ten series between the two rivals. OSU trails the series at University Park, Pa., at 3-5 as well.
Tressel dropped to 3-2 against PSU during his tenure at Ohio State's helm.
With no time to rest, Penn State now sets their sights on rival Michigan as the prepare to head to Ann Arbor next weekend.