Bucks dominate PSU at home

Published 11:19 pm Saturday, October 25, 2008

Heading into the showdown on Saturday night, Ohio State had run off seven wins in a row at home since Penn State joined the Big Ten in 1993.

Here’s a brief synopsis of that domination:

Oct. 30, 1993. OSU No. 3, PSU No. 12. Walter Taylor (remember him?) picked off two passes and forced a fumble and Raymont ‘‘The Quiet Storm’’ Harris rushed for 151 yards on a field made wet by an early-season snowfall in a 24-6 win.

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Oct. 5, 1996. (OSU 3, PSU 4). The QB tandem of Stanley Jackson and Joe Germaine each tossed two TD passes and Pepe Pearson gained 141 yards in a 38-7 win. Ohio State rolled up 565 total yards against a Penn State defense which had surrendered 27 points in its last five games.

Oct. 3, 1998. (OSU 1, PSU 7). LB Jerry Rudzinski forced a fumble and recovered another for a TD and Percy King blocked a punt that Joe Cooper recovered for a TD in a 28-9 win.

Sept. 23, 2000. (OSU 14, PSU unranked). The Buckeyes’ defense limited the Lions to under 100 yards rushing in a 45-6 victory.

Oct. 26, 2002. (OSU 4, PSU 18). Chris Gamble, starting at CB and WR, returned an interception for a TD while the D allowed only 179 total yards as the Buckeyes won 13-7.

Oct. 30, 2004. (OSU 21, PSU 10). Again, the Lions did a decent job against OSU’s offense. But Ted Ginn Jr. returned a punt 67 yards for a TD, Tyler Everett had an interception return for another score and Maurice Hall’s 62-yard KO return set up another score in a 21-10 .

Sept. 23, 2006. (OSU 1, PSU 24). Troy Smith avoided a sack, cut back and then lofted a 37-yard TD pass to Brian Robiskie early in the fourth quarter of a 28-6 victory.