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Nittany Lions hang tough before losing 33-24 at Ohio State

COLUMBUS – After last week’s embarrassing loss to lowly Illinois in nine overtimes, Penn State wasn’t given much of a chance at No. 5 Ohio State on Saturday night.

And while the Nittany Lions didn’t win, they gave a strong account of themselves, hanging with the Buckeyes all night before losing 33-24 at the Horseshoe.

It marked the third-straight loss for Penn State following a 5-0 start.

An 18-point underdog, the Lions took an early 7-0 lead and stayed within a score most of the game.

Sean Clifford completed 35 of 52 passes for 361 yards to lead Penn State’s offense. Jahan Dodson caught 11 for 127.

TreVeyon Henderson rushed 28 times for 152 for the Buckeyes.

Once again, the Lions struggled to mount a ground game, gaining just 33 yards on 29 carries.

Ohio State defensive end Jerron Cage stripped Clifford late in the second quarter and returned the fumble 57 yards for a touchdown, pushing the Buckeyes up 17-7 with 2:24 left in the first half. Penn State did not fully recover from that play.

Ohio State improved to 7-1.

PSU visits Maryland on Saturday. Kickoff is 3:30 p.m. and the game will be televised on FoxSports1.

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