PREVIEW: No. 2 Ohio State at Penn State

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No. 2 Ohio State at Penn State
Saturday, October 22nd, 2016, 8 p.m. ET
Beaver Stadium (106,572), University Park, PA

TV: ABC
Chris Fowler (Play-By-Play)
Kirk Herbstreit (Analyst)
Sam Ponder (Sideline)

Radio: WBNS FM (97.1 The Fan) The Urban Meyer pregame show airs 30 minutes prior to kickoff. Paul Keels will call the action with former Buckeye Jim Lachey and Matt Andrews on the sidelines. The game can also be heard on Westwood One and Sirius-XM channels 84 with Ted Emrich and Ross Tucker on the call.

FIRST AND 10

  • Ohio State has won a school-record 20 consecutive true road games, the longest streak in the nation and the most since the University of Miami won 20 in a row between 1984-88.
  • Ohio State ranks third in the FBS in scoring defense, allowing just 12.8 points per game. The Buckeyes surrendered their first rushing TD of the season at Wisconsin. They lead the FBS with just that one rushing TD allowed on the season.
  • Ohio State is fourth in the FBS in turnover margin (+8) with 13 turnovers caused (11 INTs, 2 fumble recoveries) against five turnovers
  • Ohio State ranks fourth in the FBS and second in the Big Ten with 49.3 points per game. The 296 points scored by the Buckeyes over their first six games is the most in program history.
  • QB J.T. Barrett became Ohio State's all-time leader with 89 touchdowns responsible for with three at Wisconsin, breaking Braxton Miller's previous record of 88. Barrett's 89 scores are the second most among active FBS players since the start of the 2014 season.
  • Barrett became Ohio State's all-time leader in touchdown passes in the win over Rutgers. He now has 61 in his career enterning Saturday's game at Penn State.
  • RB Mike Weber is second in the Big Ten with 102.0 yards per game to go along with four TDs. He has totaled 612 rushing yards on 94 attempts and has just two rushes for negative yardage.
  • LB Jerome Baker leads Ohio State with 39 tackles and also has 5.0 TFL this season.
  • Head coach Urban Meyer has the highest winning percentage (.856) among active coaches with at least 10 years of FBS coaching experience.
  • Meyer is a perfect 17-0 at Ohio State in the month of October

ROAD WIN STREAK TOPS IN THE NCAA
Ohio State has won a school-record 20 consecutive true road games (games on an opponents home field), the longest such streak in the nation. The Buckeyes are undefeated, a perfect 20-0, in road games under head coach Urban Meyer.

The 20 consecutive victories on the road are the most since the University of Miami won 20 in a row between 1984-88. Ohio State's last loss on the road was in the 2011 regular season finale at Michigan.

BARRETT SETS TD RECORD
J.T. Barrett's touchdown pass in overtime to Noah Brown was the 89th touchdown Barrett is responsible for, a total that breaks the Ohio State career record of 88 touchdowns responsible for previously held by Braxton Miller. Barrett is currently second among active FBS players since the start of the 2014 season with his 89 scores.

MOST TDs RESPONSIBLE FOR (RUSH & PASS)
(active players since 2014)

Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech 90
J.T. Barrett, Ohio State 89
Deshaun Watson, Clemson 87
Zach Terrell, Western Michigan 83
Greg Ward, Jr., Nebraska
Cooper Rush, Central Michigan
73

Barrett also accounted for an Ohio State school-record seven touchdowns Sept. 3 in the win over Bowling Green with six touchdowns passing and another running. The total broke the mark of six that he shared with Kenny Guiton (2013 at Cal) and Tony Curcillo (1951 vs. Iowa). The six touchdown passes tied the school mark that he holds with Guiton. Barrett threw for a personalbest 349 yards and rushed for 30 yards for 379 total offensive yards versus the Falcons and extended his own school-record for 300-yard total offense games to 12. He directed the Buckeyes to a school-record 776 yards of offense with 417 passing yards and 359 rushing.

BARRETT LEADS COMEBACK WIN AT UW
J.T. Barrett accounted for 318 yards of total offense and three touchdowns in a 30-23 overtime victory on the road over No. 8 Wisconsin and its defense that was every bit as tough as its No. 11 national ranking in total defense and No. 7 ranking against the rush. Barrett led the Buckeyes back from 10-point deficits twice, scored two rushing touchdowns and hit Noah Brown on a 7-yard TD pass in overtime for the deciding points.

JUST TERRIFIC J.T. MOMENTS ...
J.T. Barrett was outstanding in the second half vs. the Badgers, totaling 199 of his 318 total yards and all three of his touchdowns, including scoring runs of 1- and 8 yards late in the third quarter and early in the fourth, respectively, that muscled the Buckeyes to their first lead of the game at 20-16. Barrett hit Noah Brown on a key, 21-yard third-down play to keep the go-ahead touchdown drive alive and he hit Dontre Wilson on a 43-yard pass play that led to a game-tying and overtime-inducing field goal after the Badgers had taken a 23-20 lead. Barrett's 7-yard touchdown pass to Brown in the corner of the end zone in overtime proved to be the game winner.

... LEAD TO BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS
J.T. Barrett was named the Big Ten Conference cooffensive player of the week for his efforts vs. the Badgers. This represents Barrett's sixth career offensive weekly award from the Big Ten and, coupled with seven freshman of the week awards in 2014, gives him 13 weekly honors from the Big Ten.

CAREER-BEST THREE-FG DAY FOR DURBIN
Tyler Durbin hit a career-high three field goals in Ohio State's 30-23 overtime win over Wisconsin with all of them crucial and in most inhospitable conditions - on the road, on a moist night, and at raucous Camp Randall Stadium. Durbin hit a 25-yarder late in the first quarter to put the Buckeyes on the board and cut into a 10-0 Badger lead. He added a career-long, 40-yard field goal to pull the Buckeyes to within 10-6 in the second quarter. And with 3:57 to play in the fourth quarter and the Badgers leading, 23-20, he nailed a 31-yarder for the tie to help push the game into overtime. Credit on all three field goals to long snapper Liam McCullough and holder Cam Johnston.

Durbin, a former soccer player who had never even kicked a field goal in a football practice until this fall, is now 8-for-8 in FGs this season and he leads the Big Ten in both scoring and kick scoring.

LOOK BACK AT OHIO'S STATES WIN OVER WISCONSIN

No. 2 Ohio State 30, No. 8 Wisconsin 23