Written by: Big 33 Staff on July 28, 1995.
The third time was the charm for the Pennsylvania-Ohio Big 33 Classic. The 1995 game at Hersheypark Stadium had a little of everything, including a crowdpleasing finish as the Keystone State stars held on for a 28-21 victory.
This was by far the most competitive of the three games in the current series. The outcome wasn’t decided until Pennsylvania defensive back Rich Butcofski made a leaping interception of an Ohio pass with less than two minutes to play.
That interception short-circuited Ohio’s comeback bid after the Buckeye state players had battled back from a 28-9 deficit.
Pennsylvania dominated the early action. Melvin Cobbs ran three yards for his team’s initial touchdown and quarterbacks Marc Bulger and Brandon Streeter each tossed a touchdown pass.
Linebacker Brandon Short was Pennsylvania’s MVP. He blocked two extra points and was all over the field making tackles and creating havoc for Ohio defense.
Short’s biggest play of the night came early in the fourth quarter when he mailed Murad Holliday for a 5-yard loss on a 4th-and-one situation.