4 Facts About The Penn State Vs. Ohio State Football Rivalry

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For college football fans, Saturday, October 21 has been circled on the calendar for months.

It is Penn State Vs. Ohio State Game Day, and in 2023, both teams come into the game at 6-0 on the season.

There is a rich history between the two programs.

Here are four facts about the Penn State Vs. Ohio State rivalry.


1. The First Game Was Played In 1912

November 16, 1912, is the date this rivalry was born.

Ohio State hosted the first game but lost by the score of 37-0.


2. The Teams Played In The 1980 Fiesta Bowl

The 1980 Fiesta Bowl was won by Penn State; offensive stars were quarterback Todd Blackledge and running back Curt Warner.

The final score was 31-19.


3. Ohio State Owns The Head-to-Head Record

Ohio State leads the series 23-14.

They won every game since 2017.

4. Penn State Won 5 Of The Last 23 Meetings

Though Penn State has not had recent success, the team’s last win in 2016 was a thriller with a Grant Haley fumble recovery and touchdown to secure the come-from-behind win by the score of 24-21.

Watch Ohio State host Penn State at 12:00 PM EDT on FOX.

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