The first half was brutal to get through as both teams missed opportunities, played sloppy and punted a lot. The Buckeyes managed to even the score at seven just before halftime, and came out like gangbusters in the third quarter.

Ryan Shazier opened things up with a sack and pick six of Matt McGloin, and the offense line out-muscled the Nittany Lion defense to make way for a pair of  Braxton Miller rushing touchdowns. That 21-3 third quarter would give the Buckeyes all they needed as they closed things out in the fourth quarter for a 35-23 victory and 9-0 record. Here were a few of the big notes:

  • The Buckeyes moved into sole possession of the Big Ten lead in the Leaders Division at 5-0.
  • Braxton Miller, who rushed for 134 yards in the game, became the third different Big Ten QB and the first OSU QB to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. IU's Antwaan Randle El and UMs Denard Robinson are the other two.
  • The 35 points the Buckeyes scored were the most the Nittany Lions had given up all season.
  • The Buckeye defense gave up only 32 rushing yards on the evening.
  • Neither Devin Smith or Philly Brown, the team's two leading receivers, recorded a single reception for the Buckeyes.
We have a full video of Urban Meyer's post-game comments (via after the break.


10/29/2012 08:38

Big win for the Buckeyes. Defense was much improved; run defense was great and vastly improved tackling fundamentals. Secondary needs a bit of work on covering double moves, but overall they played great for first 3 quarters.

And, IMO, the PSU holding on the punt call was not contoversial at all. Look at the replay again; our snapper was pulled down and toward the PSU player, so there was no "pushing him down to protect my knees".

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