Ohio State vs. Penn State live score, updates, highlights from 2021 Big Ten rivalry game


Ahead of an annual marquee matchup, a once-promising season for Penn State has seemingly come off the rails, while a once-worrying start for Ohio State seems to be a distant memory.

The Buckeyes are No. 5 in the latest AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll, winning five in a row after starting the season 1-1. They had defensive woes early, but have yielded just 44 points in their last four games; they’re beating opponents by 47 points per game. Penn State, meanwhile, started off 5-0, but has fallen off starkly and quickly, losing to Iowa 23-20 without a fully healthy Sean Clifford and then losing to unranked Illinois 20-18 in nine overtimes in Week 8.

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Clifford is expected to be close to, if not at 100 percent for the Nittany Lions, but it still may not be enough to counteract Ohio State’s offense, which includes quarterback C.J Stroud, receivers Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson and running back TreVeyon Henderson. The Nittany Lions also don’t have history on their side: James Franklin hasn’t beaten Ohio State since 2016, and Penn State hasn’t won in Columbus since 2011.

Ohio State won last year’s meeting 38-25 in Beaver Stadium, and will look to continue its dominance over its longtime Big Ten foe in a game with potential College Football Playoff implications.

Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from Ohio State vs. Penn State on Saturday. Follow for complete results from the 2021 Big Ten rivalry game.

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Ohio State vs. Penn State live updates, highlights from 2021 rivalry game

8:02 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN PENN STATE. Clifford hits Strange over the top for a 5-yard TD and Penn State caps off a 13-play, 89 yard drive to go out in front early. Penn State 7, Ohio State 0 with 6:08 left in the first.

8:01 p.m.: Keyvone Lee is the rusher this time, taking it 11 yards to the OSU 5 and putting Penn State in nice position to strike early.

8:00 p.m.: Parker Washington hauls in a 32-yard grab out of the slot and puts on a few nice juke moves to gain big yardage. First down Penn State at the OSU 16.

7:59 p.m.: Clifford goes to the air again, hits KeAndre Lambert-Smith for 16 yards to the OSU 48.

7:58 p.m.: It’s Lovett again out of the backfield and he gains 2 for the first down.

7:57 p.m.: Clifford’s first pass attempt of the game is completed to tight end Brenton Strange for 8. Third-and-1 from the Penn State 31.

7:56 p.m.: Lovett follows that up with a 5-yard run and Clifford keeps it for the first down.

7:55 p.m.: Penn State opts to go with John Lovett on the run following the punt, gaining 4 yards.

7:51 p.m.: Penn State’s defense forces a three-and-out. It’s fourth-and-7 from the Penn State 48. Nittany Lions take over at their own 11.

7:50 p.m.: Stroud hits Wilson again for another big gain, this one for 12 yards. Ohio State is marching early.

7:48 p.m.: The two teams trade fumbles, as OSU sacks Sean Clifford, who loses the ball. Buckeyes take over from their 47.

7:47 p.m.: Penn State forces a fumble on a catch by Jeremy Ruckert and takes over at the Ohio State 46.

7:46 p.m.: Ohio State’s first play from scrimmage is an 11-yard pass from CJ Stroud to Garrett Wilson.

7:44 p.m.: Penn State wins the toss and defers. Ohio State will start the game at the 25.

7:39 p.m.: Both teams have taken the field, with kickoff coming up shortly. Ohio State opens as 20.5 point home favorites.

Ohio State vs. Penn State start time

  • Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET | 4:30 p.m. PT
  • TV channel (national): ABC
  • Live stream: Watch ESPN App, fuboTV

Ohio State vs. Penn State will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET from Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

This matchup between perennial Big Ten powers will air on ABC. Former State College resident Chris Fowler will handle play-by-play duties with former Buckeyes quarterback Kirk Herbstreit joining him as the analyst. The two will be accompanied by Holly Rowe, reporting from the sidelines.

College football schedule Week 9

Game Time (ET) TV channel
No. 2 Cincinnati at Tulane Noon ESPN2, fuboTV
No. 6 Michigan at No. 8 Michigan State Noon Fox, fuboTV
No. 9 Iowa at Wisconsin Noon ESPN, fuboTV
Texas at No. 16 Baylor Noon ABC, fuboTV
Miami at No. 17 Pitt Noon ACC Network, fuboTV
No. 22 Iowa State at West Virginia 2 p.m. Big 12/ESPN+
No. 1 Georgia at Florida 3:30 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Texas Tech at No. 4 Oklahoma 3:30 p.m. ABC, fuboTV
Colorado at No. 7 Oregon 3:30 p.m. Fox, fuboTV
Duke at No. 13 Wake Forest 4 p.m. ACCN, fuboTV
No. 10 Ole Miss at No. 18 Auburn 7 p.m. ESPN, fuboTV
No. 12 Kentucky at Mississippi State 7 p.m. SEC Network, fuboTV
Kansas at No. 15 Oklahoma State 7 p.m. Fox Sports 1, fuboTV
No. 19 SMU at Houston 7 p.m. ESPN2, fuboTV
No. 20 Penn State at No. 5 Ohio State 7:30 p.m. ABC, fuboTV
North Carolina at No. 11 Notre Dame 7:30 p.m. NBC, Peacock fuboTV
Virginia at No. 25 BYU 10:15 p.m. ESPN2, fuboTV
Fresno State at No. 21 San Diego State 10:30 p.m. CBS Sports Network, fuboTV


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