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P R E G A M E R E P O R T O H I O S T A T E @ P E N N S T A T E T I M E 7 : 3 0 P . M . , S E P T . 2 9 | T V A B C OHIO STATE FACTS COACH Urban Meyer (Cincinnati, '86) COACH'S RECORD 74-8 (47-3 Big Ten) in seven seasons at Ohio State; career record: 178-31 2018 RECORD 4-0 RECORD VS. PSU The Buckeyes lead the all-time series, 19-14. MOST RECENT MEETING J.T. Barrett finished with 423 yards of total offense as the Buckeyes dealt Penn State one of the most agonizing losses of the James Franklin era, scoring 19 points in the fourth quarter to prevail, 39- 38, on Oct. 28, 2017. GOOD NEWS Ohio State's 30 touchdowns so far this season are the second- highest total in the country, and 12 of those scores have come on plays of 20 or more yards. BAD NEWS All-America defensive end Nick Bosa won't be back in time for the Penn State game after having surgery to repair an abdominal muscle injury he suffered two weeks ago against TCU. DID YOU KNOW? Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins could find himself renew- ing acquaintances with former high school teammate Cam Brown on Saturday. A junior line- backer for the Nittany Lions, Brown was a teammate of Hask- ins at the Bullis School in Mary- land. Penn State tight end Jonathan Holland also played for Bullis, graduating a year ahead of Haskins and Brown. B Y   M AT T   H E R B MATT@BLUEWHITEONLINE.COM They're teenagers and twen- tysomethings, the whole lot of them, and they don't always accli- mate seamlessly to the sudden fame that big-time schools like Ohio State thrust upon them. The adula- tion of thousands of fans and the crush of media attention that fol- low a hot start can mess with the head of any young college football player. That's why Urban Meyer picked up the phone on his way home from Ohio Stadium last Saturday. Meyer wanted to talk to redshirt fresh- man quarterback Dwayne Hask- ins following the Buckeyes' 49-6 victory over Tulane, just to make sure he wasn't getting too caught up in the excite- ment. "I called him just with that message to stay focused," Meyer said. "We've had some pretty high-profile guys around here, and I've seen it. I've seen it, you know, go both ways. One thing about Columbus, Ohio, is that this is the show, and they become bigger than life." Haskins, a 6-foot-3, 220- pounder from Potomac, Md., al- RIDERS ON THE STORM Urban Meyer and star QB Dwayne Haskins brace for another raging White Out at Penn State URBAN MEYER Bryan Fuller/ MGoBlog 1 S E P T E M B E R   2 6 ,   2 0 1 8 B L U E W H I T E O N L I N E . C O M

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