A look back at each game from this past Ohio State Buckeyes football season

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Oct 25, 2014; University Park, PA, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes cornerback Doran Grant (12) congratulates safety Tyvis Powell (23) after an interception against the Penn State Nittany Lions in the fourth quarter at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Week 7- Penn State

Long-time Buckeye fans will tell you that a trip into Happy Valley to face Penn State is never easy. The home fans traditionally “white-out” the stadium in an effort to intimidate Ohio State. The game is always at night, and the second-largest stadium in the country is always loud. The Buckeyes came into the game ranked 12th in the country.

In the first quarter, the officials ruled that Vonn Bell intercepted Christian Hackenberg’s pass at the Penn State 39 yard line. Instant replay appeared to show that the ball hit the ground. However, the play was reviewed and the call stood.

After the game, head referee John O’Neill said that the play wasn’t fully reviewed. “The play, technically, was not thoroughly reviewed due to some technical difficulties with the equipment,” he said. Penn State fans were not happy about that.

The Buckeyes were winning 17-0, until Penn State defensive tackle Anthony Zettel intercepted Barrett for a 40 yard touchdown in the third quarter. The game could not be won in regulation, as the Nittany Lions would tie it up on a 31-yard field goal with nine seconds left in the game.

This was the first and only overtime game of the season for Ohio State, and their quarterback had struggled for most of the four quarters. Barrett threw two interceptions and appeared to be rattled by the hostile environment. To make matters worse, he sprained his MCL during the game and played through the injury.

He came through when it mattered most though, and ran for two rushing touchdowns in overtime to carry the Buckeyes to victory, 31-24.

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