Week 10 Prediction: Ohio State Vs. Penn State

Steven SwansonContributor INovember 1, 2009

STATE COLLEGE, PA - SEPTEMBER 19: Running back Evan Royster #22 of the Penn State Nittany Lions carries the ball during a game against the Temple Owls on September 19, 2009 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
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Yes. This is the game I've been waiting for all year. The game when Ohio State visits Beaver Stadium. If this game plays out like I see it playing out, this is going to be a very good game.

Up to last year, Penn State never won in Ohio Stadium since joining the big ten. But then that changed.

Going into the fourth quarter in Ohio Stadium last year, Penn State was trailing 3-6. But they were in field goal range. Kevin Kelly came out to tie the game. But the worst thing that could have happened, did.

He missed.

So Ohio State took over looking like they were going to go down the field and put this game in the bag. But then the unbelievable happened.

Ohio State had it on third and 1. They hiked the ball and it was supposed to be a simple QB sneak up the middle. But Pryor made a mistake that would prove to be fatal.

He decided that instead of simply getting the first down, he would go to the outside. Mark Rubin came up to tackle him after he got the first down. But then out of no where, the ball popped out.

Yes! Pryor fumbled! The happiest moment I can remember as a Penn State fan. Anyways, the ball was on the ground, rolling and bouncing, and it looked as if Pryor was going to fall on it.

But Tyrell Sales had different ideas. As Pryor went to fall on the ball, Sales stuck his hand out and batted the ball away from Pryor. The ball continued to bounce.

At that point, I closed my eyes, hoping and praying Penn State would recover. Then my prayers were answered.

I still had my eyes closed when I heard, "Navarro Bowman from Penn State recovers! Penn State's ball!"

I knew from that point, the game was ours. On their next drive, Penn State drove down the field to set up third and 2 close to the endzone. Evan Royster proved he wouldn't let us down, as he ran to the outside for a first down.

So is was first and goal from the 2 yard line. The first play went to Dan Lawlor for a 1 yard gain. On second down, a QB sneak attempt by Pat Devlin was stuffed. Third down, which it seemed Penn State had a lot of, proved to be where it happened.

Devlin went for another sneak and punched it in for 6. Extra point was good.

So Penn State took the lead, 10-6.

Ohio State got the ball back and had a few good plays, but Penn State got the ball back. Penn State drove up the field to set up a Kelly field goal, this time good. Penn State increased their lead 13-6.

Ohio State's last chance to tie the game was now here. Then, on the Penn State 43 yard line, Pryor made another mistake.

The ball was snapped, Pryor rolled right, and launched one into the endzone. Ohio State's Brian Hartline was their. But so was Penn State's Lydell Sargeant. I'm sure you can guess what happened.

Sargeant intercepted it to end the game, Penn State - 13, Ohio State - 6.

Now they meet again. This time in Happy Valley.

And Ohio State is looking for revenge. Penn State, 8-1(4-1), is looking to defend Happy Valley against the Ohio State, 7-2(4-1), invasion.

Key Players for Penn State:

Daryll Clark - Clark has 2,158 yards, 18 passing touchdowns, 5 rushing touchdowns and 7 interceptions. He has proved that he can be lethal.

Evan Royster - He has 859 yards, 5 touchdowns and is averaging 5.9 yards per carry. Not to mention Penn State is 11-0 when he rushes for over 100 yards.

Derek Moye - He has 648 yards, 5 touchdowns and is averaging 16.6 yards a catch. Not bad for his first year starting, huh?

Graham Zug - He had 344 yards, 5 touchdowns and is averaging 11.9 yards a catch. Also his first year starting.

Sean Lee - Last week against Northwestern was his first game back since his injury. He has proved to be one of two Penn State backbones on defense.

Navarro Bowman - Since Sean Lee's injury, he has really stepped up. He is an excellent Linebacker and is the other defensive backbone for Penn State.

Key Players for Ohio State:

Terrelle Pryor - He has 1,543 yards, 13 passing touchdowns, 6 rushing touchdowns and 9 interceptions. He can really shake D's up with his feet.

Dan (Boom) Herron - He has 307 yards, 6 touchdowns and is averaging 4.3 yards per carry.

DeVier Posey - He has 595 yards, 6 touchdowns and is averaging 13.8 yards per catch.

Dane Sanzenbacher - He has 460 yards, 6 touchdowns and is averaging 20.0 yards per catch.

And I'm not too familiar with the Ohio State defense.


So, I think this will be a very good match-up. But I think with Penn State being at home, with Clark and Royster, as long as we settle early, we should win.


Final Prediction:


Penn State -31

Ohio State - 24



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