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Ohio State Buckeyes – Penn State Nittany Lions
First Meeting Penn State, 37-0 (1912)
Last Meeting Ohio State, 24-7 (2009)
Next Meeting November 13, 2010
Number of Meetings 25
All-Time Series Ohio State leads, 13-12
Largest victory Penn State, 63-14 (1994)
Current Streak Ohio State: Won 1
Longest PSU Win Streak 4 (1912, 1956, 1963-1964)
Longest OSU Win Streak 3 (2002-2004)
At Columbus Ohio State leads, 8-6
At State College Series tied, 5-5

The Ohio State – Penn State rivalry is a relatively new rivalry in the Big Ten and college football between Pennsylvania State University and The Ohio State University. Before Penn State joined the Big Ten in 1993, Ohio State and Penn State only played eight times, the last of which was in the 1980 Fiesta Bowl. After Penn State became the latest team to join the Big Ten, the rivalry continued as an annual event. Recently several of the Penn State-Ohio State rivalry games have played at least a hand in deciding the conference champion.

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1912-1980

The first ever matchup was held in Columbus, Ohio in November 1912. Penn State had just come off a 8-0-1 season in 1911. All of the experts had picked Ohio State to win this game in a blowout. However, Penn State battled and won the first ever meeting of the two 37-0.

It would not be until 1956 when Penn State ever returned to Columbus, however when they did they continued their dominance winning 7-6. Penn State would win two more games at Ohio Stadium before Ohio State finally won a game in 1975. The first ever matchup of the two held in State College, PA was in 1976 where Ohio State beat Penn State 12-7. Penn State won in 1978 back in Columbus.

In 1980, Ohio State and Penn State played in their first and only postseason bowl, the 1980 Fiesta Bowl. The Ohio State Buckeyes were 9-3, while the Penn State Nittany Lions were 10-2. The Penn State Nittany Lions won at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, AZ 31-19.

1981-present

Following the 1980 Fiesta Bowl, Penn State and Ohio State did not meet again until Penn State joined the Big Ten in 1993. This officially started the rivalry between these two teams. From 1993 to the present, the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions have played annually. Ohio State has won 11 of the matchups, while Penn State has won 6. The largest margin of victory for ether teams came in 1994 when Penn State beat Ohio State 63-14 in front of a packed Beaver Stadium. The 2008 meeting between the two teams was on October 25, where the 3rd ranked Penn State Nittany Lions won 13-6 against the 10th ranked Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium. This game turned out to be the deciding factor in giving Penn State a berth in the Rose Bowl; the teams shared the Big Ten title, but the Lions were chosen ahead of Ohio State due to their head-to-head win. Before that victory, Penn State had a seven game road losing streak to the Buckeyes, and interestingly enough, Penn State has yet to score 14 or more points in Columbus since joining the Big Ten.

Game results

Winning team is shown in bold font. Years of a Ohio State victory are in red. Years of an Penn State victory are in blue.

Year Ohio State Penn State Location
1912 Ohio State 0 Penn State 37 Columbus
1956 Ohio State 6 Penn State 7 Columbus
1963 Ohio State 7 Penn State 10 Columbus
1964 Ohio State 0 Penn State 27 Columbus
1975 Ohio State 17 Penn State 9 Columbus
1976 Ohio State 12 Penn State 7 State College
1978 Ohio State 0 Penn State 19 Columbus
*1980 Ohio State 19 Penn State 31 Tempe, AZ
1993 Ohio State 24 Penn State 6 Columbus
Year Ohio State Penn State Location
1994 Ohio State 14 Penn State 63 State College
1995 Ohio State 28 Penn State 25 State College
1996 Ohio State 38 Penn State 7 Columbus
1997 Ohio State 27 Penn State 31 State College
1998 Ohio State 28 Penn State 9 Columbus
1999 Ohio State 10 Penn State 23 State College
2000 Ohio State 45 Penn State 6 Columbus
2001 Ohio State 27 Penn State 29 State College
2002 Ohio State 13 Penn State 7 Columbus
Year Ohio State Penn State Location
2003 Ohio State 21 Penn State 20 State College
2004 Ohio State 21 Penn State 10 Columbus
2005 Ohio State 10 Penn State 17 State College
2006 Ohio State 28 Penn State 6 Columbus
2007 Ohio State 37 Penn State 17 State College
2008 Ohio State 6 Penn State 13 Columbus
2009 Ohio State 24 Penn State 7 State College

* = 1980 Fiesta Bowl

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