Pennsylvania squanders chance for revenge

Ted Ginn Jr. showed why he is one of the best prep football players in the country on Saturday night as Ohio defeated Pennsylvania 34-30. Ginn earned MVP honors for Ohio and RB Curtis Brinkley won the award for Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania featured the highly touted QB tandem of Chad Henne and Anthony Morelli. Ohio featured Ginn and a team that did enough at the right times to earn a victory. The Pennsylvania team was focused on avenging last years shelling at the hands of the Ohio squad. Ohio had too much firepower and in the end they claimed the Governors Cup at the 47th annual Big 33 classic, 34-30. Future Ohio State Buckeye Ted Ginn was named the MVP after racking up 142 receiving yards and a TD, throwing a 36-yard TD pass and batting down a crucial third down pass to hold Pennsylvania to a field goal attempt. Brinkley had 8 carries for 110 yards a two touchdowns for Pennsylvania.

Ohio jumped out to a fast start after a three-and-out by Pennsylvania, the Ohio team took over and Brian Hoyer promptly found Erik Haw wide open for a 60-yard touchdown, the play was nullified by a penalty and brought back. Hoyer managed to escape a fierce Pennsylvania pass rush and LB Dontey Brown came up on the play leaving Haw wide open in the middle of the field. Hoyer hit Haw in stride for a 30-yard catch and run. Minnesota recruit Jason Giannini added the PAT Ohio led 7-0.

Pennsylvania answered right back driving down the field before fizzling out; K Dave Brytus then booted a 42-yard to make it a 7-3 game. The key play on the drive was a 34-yard circus catch of a Chad Henne pass by Villanova recruit Kalise Cook.

After the teams exchanged punts, Ohio struck quickly as Indiana recruit QB Grant Gregory hit Ted Ginn, Jr. In stride at midfield, Ginn then outraced Pittsburgh recruit Steffan Brinson for an 82-yard TD strike. The Giannini PAT gave Ohio a 14-3 lead.

Pennsylvania answered again on the following drive as Penn State recruit QB Anthony Morelli hit Miami recruit RB Andrew Johnson for a 57-yard completion moving the ball inside the 5-yard line. On third down Johnson then followed FB Dan Lawlor off left tackle into the end zone. Brytus added the PAT Pennsylvania cut the lead to 14-10.

Pennsylvania then held on downs and forced Ohio to punt. Giannini got a favorable bounce that pinned Pennsylvania inside the 5-yard line, Morelli moved the troops down the field quickly as Morelli found a streaking Ohio State recruit Devon Lyons down the right sideline for a gain of 54-yards. Pennsylvania was now in business at the Ohio 26-yard line. Pennsylvania then took a 17-14 lead after a 1-yard plunge into the end zone by Curtis Brinkley, and the Dave Brytus PAT.

With less than a minute left in the half, Pennsylvania attempted a squib kick, but the ball hit Ohio's Nii Adjei Oninku a Kentucky recruit and bounced into the waiting arms of Pennsylvania's Mortty Ivy who will be playing for West Virginia this fall. Pennsylvania moved down the field again after Morelli hit Lyons on a hitch route that Devon turned into a big gain to the Ohio 26-yard line. George Chaump the Pennsylvania coaching legend then dug into his bag of tricks as Miami recruit RB James Bryant took a toss sweep and stopped in his tracks and threw back across the field to a wide open Chad Henne. The throwback pass worked to perfection as Henne was pushed out of bounds at the 4-Yard line. With 04:seconds left in the half Chaump sent the reliable Brytus in for a field goal attempt, the kick sailed wide right and the teams went into the locker room with Pennsylvania holding a 17-14 lead.

In the first half, Pennsylvania out gained Ohio 262 yards to 167 total yards. Pennsylvania out gained Ohio on the ground as well 42-yards to 10. Morelli was a perfect 5-5 for 127 yards in the first half.

At the half Mrs. T's Pierogies held a contest for a $75,000 scholarship, the objective was to make a 30-yard field goal. Cedar Cliff graduate and former soccer player Kara Snitger booted it straight down the middle of the up rights. Kara will attend the University Of Pittsburgh this fall.

Ohio started off quickly in the third quarter and scored on a 41-pass from Bowling Green recruit Anthony Turner to Asante White who almost fell down, but maintained his balance and went in for the touchdown. White was flagged for an unsportsman like conduct penalty for taunting, Jason Giannini drilled the 35-yard PAT give Ohio a 21-17 lead.

Pennsylvania wasn't going to stay behind long as Chad Henne found a wide-open Devon Lyons for a big gain that took the ball to the 17-yard line. Syracuse recruit RB Curtis Brinkley then zigged and zagged his way into the end zone from 17-yards out. The Brytus PAT was blocked, and picked up by an Ohio player. Chad Henne ran him down. On the play some one from the PA squad blasted Ted Ginn both benches emptied. The officials then discussed the play and issued off setting personal foul penalties.

Tempers flared again a few series later as Penn State recruit Dontey Brown pushed a player out of bounds and the Ohio sideline took exception to it. Game coordinator Mickey Minnich then assembled the two coaches and the officials at Midfield and told them to get control of their respective teams. Both teams exchanged punts, and then Ohio was forced to punt again from around their own 35-yard line this time James Bryant broke through the right side of the Ohio line and blocked the punt the punt was blocked by James Bryant, The ball was scooped up by Bryant and he rambled down field with until being forced out by the Ohio Punter Jason Giannini. Full back Dan Lawlor a Penn State recruit rumbled in from 2-yards out Brytus connected on the PAT and gave Pennsylvania a 30-21 lead.

Ohio came right back as Indiana recruit Grant Gregory led the Ohio squad down the field on the first drive of the fourth quarter that ended with Michigan State recruit Tony Howard scampering off the left end from 6-yards out. The Giannini PAT closed the gap to 30-28.

Curtis Brinkley took the ensuing kick off 60 yards to the Ohio 35-yard line. Pennsylvania could not take advantage of the Brinkley return as Ohio held on a 3rd down and long. Brytus then attempted a 40-yard FG that was blocked by the Ohio defensive front.

Ohio took advantage of the momentum and marched down field, this time with Hoyer back at the helm. Ohio then dug into it's bag of tricks as Hoyer threw a backwards pass to Ginn who then launched a forward pass to a wide open Dustin Woods a Miami Of Ohio recruit for 36-yard Ohio touchdown. Ohio's two-point conversion failed. Ohio now had a 34-30 lead with less than three minutes and change to play in the game.

As they did all night Pennsylvania had a big return on the kick off this time it was Andrew Johnson darting through would be tacklers and into Ohio territory. Morelli was at the controls for Pennsylvania for their final drive. Morelli escaped a hard Ohio rush and threw an ill-advised pass that was almost picked off by Penn State Recruit Tony Davis; luckily Brinkley had the presence to hit him as he was attempting the catch. The ball fell incomplete, Chaump then pulled Morelli for Henne, and Henne promptly under threw a streaking Pittsburgh recruit Darrelle Revis down the left sideline. The under thrown pass turned into a jump ball that eluded the versatile athlete. The fourth down pass fell short and Ohio took over on downs and ran out the clock.

With the win, Ohio evens the renewed series record at 6-6 and cuts the all-time series record to 9-8. The victory is Ohio's second in a row after Pennsylvania had previously won three straight. Pennsylvania played Maryland in between the Ohio series. Hopefully the event stays as an Ohio/Pennsylvania battle it's developing into a tremendous rivalry.

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Ohio  13 34
Pennsylvania  14  13  0 30

First Quarter

Ohio-Haw 25 pass from Hoyer (Giannini kick) 7:31

Pa-FG Brytus 42, 3:10

Second Quarter

Ohio-Ginn 82 pass from Gregory (Giannini kick) 11:02

Pa-Johnson 2 run (Brytus kick) 6:46

Pa Brinkley 1 run (Brytus kick): 53

Third Quarter

Ohio-White 42 pass from Turner (Giannini kick) 10:28

Pa-Brinkley 17 run (kick failed) 9:51

Pa-Lawlor 2 run (Brytus kick) :45

Fourth Quarter

Ohio-Howard 6 run (Giannini kick) 10:53

Ohio-Woods pass from Ginn (pass failed) 4:57

Attendence: 16,845 Ohio  Pa
First Downs  17  18
Rushes-yards 21-61  34-160
Passing  404  276
Comp-Att-Int 18-28-0  11-23-0
Return Yards  31
Punts-Avg 4-23.5  3-32.7
Fumbles-Lost  0-0  1-0
Penalties-Yards  8-58  6-36
Time of Possession  22:10  25:50

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