Ohio State-Penn State | Joey Kaufman’s Three Stars

Joey Kaufman
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Ohio State Buckeyes safety Jordan Fuller (4) nearly intercepts a pass intended for Penn State Nittany Lions tight end Pat Freiermuth (87) as Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Pete Werner (20) makes the tackle during the second quarter of a NCAA Division I college football game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Penn State Nittany Lions on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. [Joshua A. Bickel/Dispatch]

Star of the game

In his return from a two-game suspension after an NCAA rules violation, Chase Young remained a disruptive force for Ohio State’s defense, finishing with three sacks and four tackles for loss. After his second-half sack, he set an Ohio State season sack record.

Stat that mattered

3: Fumbles by the Buckeyes. The first, by quarterback Justin Fields, came near the goal line and erased a possible touchdown late in the first quarter. The others, in the second half, set up a touchdown and field goal for Penn State.

Big picture

The Buckeyes remained unbeaten and clinched the Big Ten East title, securing a spot in the conference’s championship game in Indianapolis next month, but it was the first time they didn’t rout their opponent. All of their previous wins had been by 24 or more points.

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