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Published: Saturday, 10/27/2012 - Updated: 1 year ago

Big second half gives Ohio State 35-23 win over Penn State

BLADE STAFF

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — No. 9 Ohio State remained perfect with a 35-23 victory over Penn State tonight at Beaver Stadium.

The Buckeyes (9-0, 5-0 Big Ten) broke a halftime tie with three straight touchdowns to open the third quarter and cruised from there. Linebacker Ryan Shazier returned an interception 17 yards for a touchdown and quarterback Braxton Miler ran for a pair of 1-yard scores.

The night looked to swing late in the first half on the Buckeyes’ perplexing Achilles’ heel —punt coverage. On fourth-and-13 on the OSU 14, linebacker Mike Hull blocked the punt and Michael Yancich recovered in the end zone to put the Nittany Lions ahead 7-0. But Ohio State answered with a 75-yard touchdown drive capped by Carlos Hyde’s 1-yard run with 34 seconds remaining.

THIRD QUARTER

No. 9 Ohio State leads Penn State 28-10 after the third quarter of tonight’s Big Ten contest at Beaver Stadium.

The Buckeyes scored three straight touchdowns to open the third quarter. Linebacker Ryan Shazier returned an interception 17 yards for a touchdown and quarterback Braxton Miler ran for a pair of 1-yard scores.

The night looked to swing late in the first half on the Buckeyes’ perplexing Achilles’ heel —punt coverage. On fourth-and-13 on the OSU 14, linebacker Mike Hull blocked the punt and Michael Yancich recovered in the end zone to put the Nittany Lions ahead 7-0. But Ohio State answered with a 75-yard touchdown drive capped by Carlos Hyde’s 1-yard run with 34 seconds remaining.

HALFTIME

Ohio State and Penn State are locked in a 7-7 tie at halftime of tonight’s Big Ten showdown at Beaver Stadium.

The night swung late in the second half on the Buckeyes’ perplexing Achilles’ heel — punt coverage. On fourth-and-13 on the OSU 14, linebacker Mike Hull blocked the punt and Michael Yancich recovered in the end zone to put the Nittany Lions ahead 7-0. But Ohio State answered with a 75-yard touchdown drive capped by Carlos Hyde’s 1-yard run with 34 seconds remaining.

Quarterback Braxton Miller, who started despite leaving last week’s game in an ambulance, has completed 4 of 12 passes for 45 yards and rushed for 59 yards on 14 attempts.

FIRST QUARTER

Ohio State and Penn State remain scoreless after the first quarter of tonight’s Big Ten showdown at Beaver Stadium.

Quarterback Braxton Miller, who started despite being hospitalized a week earlier, was shaky. He nearly threw two interceptions and missed several open receivers, completing 4 of 10 passes for 45 yards. But the Buckeyes’ defense held firm, limiting Penn State to 57 yards of offense.



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