After an excruciating, exhilarating overtime win at Wisconsin, Ohio State began preparing on Monday to play in another loud, hostile environment.
Penn State’s Beaver Stadium, with a capacity of more than 106,000, is known as one of the toughest places to play in the country. Add that it’s a Saturday night and the annual “white-out” game — when fans dress in all white — and it will be all the more raucous.
With about 20,000 more people there, the decibel level may exceed that of Camp Randall Stadium, where the Buckeyes’ defense silenced the crowd with a game-ending sack of Badgers quarterback Alex Hornibrook in overtime Saturday night to win 30-23.
The last time Ohio State (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) played at Beaver Stadium was another nail-biter. Quarterback J.T. Barrett scored two touchdowns in overtime, and the Buckeyes escaped with a 31-24 double-overtime win in 2014. They went on to win the national championship.
Penn State (4-2, 2-1) is off to a 4-0 start at home and has won 10 of its last 11 there dating back to last season.
“(I) wish they saved the white-outs for other games, but I guess they used it for our game,” coach Urban Meyer said Monday. “It’s one of the top five atmospheres, again, in college football.”
Linebacker Chris Worley, who experienced the atmosphere at Penn State two years ago, is trying to help prepare the younger players for the hostile stadiums.
“Camp Randall was a crazy place, and Penn State is a crazy place as well,” Worley said. “For me, I’m pretty prepared and I know what to expect. There’s some guys who think they know what to expect, and it’s not going to be what they think.”
Concussions force Lynch to end career: Akeel Lynch, the former Penn State running back who transferred to Nevada this season, has ended his playing career.
Lynch announced on Twitter that he made the decision based on sustaining multiple concusssion while playing football. Lynch played in four of Nevada's seven games, finishing the season with 29 yards on eight carries.
"Honestly speaking, this is one of the hardest decisions I've come across," Lynch wrote. "The decision I made was for my future self. I've been battling the internal conflict between a childhood dream and the consequence of another concussion."
Lynch, who graduated from Penn State, is pursuing a Master's in Educational Leadership at Nevada.
Penn State running back Saquon Barkley has called Lynch a mentor, recently citing a pep talk Lynch gave him after last year's game against Maryland.
"He might not have understood it at the time," Barkley said recently, "but it meant so much to me."
PSU-Purdue game set for noon start: Penn State will make the trek to West Lafayette, Indiana, for the first time since 2012 to face Purdue on Saturday, Oct. 29, in a game that will kick off at noon.
The game will air on either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 and will be announced following Saturday’s games. Penn State leads the all-time series with Purdue, 13-3-1, including a 6-2 mark in Ross-Ade Stadium.