Chase Young makes a splash in return as Ohio State tops Penn State

Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- J.K. Dobbins rushed for 157 yards and two touchdowns and No. 2 Ohio State locked up the Big Ten East title Saturday, surviving its first real test of the season with a 28-17 victory over No. 9 Penn State.

The Buckeyes held on after Penn State (9-2, 7-2 Big Ten) took advantage of two second-half turnovers to climb back into the game in the third quarter after going down 21-0.

The Buckeyes (10-0, 8-0 Big Ten) were clinging to a 21-17 lead early in the fourth quarter when Justin Fields threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Chris Olave to create some breathing room.

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The Ohio State defense, with Chase Young back from a two-game suspension, then shut down two late Penn State drives on fourth down. The last drive included back-to-back sacks of backup quarterback Will Levis by Young and linebacker Baron Browning.

Young, projected by most analysts to be a top-five pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, made a big statement in his return with three sacks, four tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. He entered the game with 13.5 sacks (second in the nation) and took over the Ohio State single-season record with this one in the first quarter.

The Redskins are likely to be in contention for the No. 1 pick and could be the team that selects Young if it does finish with the worst record in football.

Matt Weyrich contributed to this report.

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