November 10, 2010

10 Minutes or Less: 2005 Ohio State at Penn State

The No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes rolled into town, following an early-season defeat at home to eventual national champs Texas, ready to take on a resurgent Penn State team. The stage was set. It was a night game. Penn State whipped out the still-new "White Out" for fans. The Buckeyes were still national title contenders at 3-1. The No. 16 Nittany Lions were still regarded as unproven, despite their 5-0 record.

It was Troy Smith, Antonio Pittman, Santonio Holmes and Ted Ginn, Jr. against Tamba Hali, Paul Posluszny, Dan Connor and Calvin Lowry. It was Michael Robinson, Tony Hunt, Derrick Williams and Deon Butler against A.J. Hawk, Bobby Carpenter, Quinn Pitcock and Nate Salley.

On Oct. 8, 2005, Penn State was out to show the college football world it was not dead, that the game had not passed by Joe Paterno, that it was indeed "back." For Ohio State, this was supposed to be the year it all came together for another national title for Jim Tressel. But on that night in Beaver Stadium, only one team's ambitions would come to fruition...

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  1. I never knew Ron Franklin did that game. Great to hear him, even if he botched the Troy Smith fumble call.

    Great feature, I'd love to see the '97 Penn State vs. Ohio State game up here.

  2. PSU fan in IA11/10/2010 1:56 PM

    Look at the speed of the defense. Man those guys were an incredible unit.

    The overall team speed was incredible.

  3. @ WFY LOL Ohio State recovers. Tamba Hali with the sack. Silence follows.

  4. This and the 2002 Nebraska game rank as my top 2 games for crowd noise at Beaver Stadium. I'm 30 now and went to my first game when I was 6. Have been going ever since! This night was awesome and one to remember for many many reasons.