Nittany Lions no match for No. 4 Buckeyes, 63-14
After a historic defeat, there was little for Penn State to do
but pick up the pieces.
Braxton Miller passed for three touchdowns and ran for two and
Carlos Hyde rushed for 147 yards and two more scores to lead No. 4
Ohio State to a 63-14 victory over the Nittany Lions on Saturday
It was the most points surrendered by Penn State (4-3, 1-2 Big
Ten) and its worst beating in 114 years.
”We didn’t get the job done – not even close,” Lions outside
linebacker Mike Hull said. ”It’s the worst game I’ve
Running back Bill Belton could barely speak.
”Losing like that is tough,” he said.
Nittany Lions freshman QB Christian Hackenberg bobbled the
second snap of the night and it never got much better. He ended up
throwing two interceptions.
A crowd of 105,889 at Ohio Stadium roared from the outset – and
had plenty of reasons.
Penn State hadn’t given up so many points or been beaten so
badly since losing 64-5 to the Duquesne Athletic Club on Nov. 25,
”I take full responsibility for this loss,” Penn State coach
Bill O’Brien said. ”We didn’t have them prepared good enough as a
coaching staff, or me has a head coach. Therefore we didn’t play
The victory by Ohio State (8-0, 4-0) stretched its nation’s best
winning streak to 20 in a row, two behind the school mark that
included the 1968 national championship season. That team was
recognized during the opening half as the Buckeyes streaked to a
Even Miller’s backup – Kenny Guiton – rushed for two touchdowns.
The Buckeyes dominated all the crucial numbers, totaling a
staggering 686 yards (to 357 for Penn State) while rushing for 408
yards on 51 attempts – an average of 8 yards per carry.
Belton was one of the few bright spots for the Nittany Lions,
gaining 98 yards on 22 carries.
It was the most one-sided margin by the Buckeyes and their most
points scored in the 29 meetings in the series. The teams had split
the last four meetings, with Ohio State holding a cumulative 79-66
scoring advantage. All of those matchups were close.
This one sure wasn’t. And it got out of hand quickly.
The Buckeyes enforced their will on the Nittany Lions on both
sides of the ball in an impressive show of strength.
Ohio State scored on six of seven possessions in the first two
quarters, throwing deep for scores to wide-open receivers and
jamming it between the tackles with Miller and Hyde making the most
of gaping holes.
In the only real drama of the game, Penn State manufactured a
nice drive in response, mixing Belton runs with Hackenberg passes
until the Nittany Lions faced a third and 5 at the Ohio State
Then Hackenberg tried to thread a pass to tight end Adam
Breneman at the goal line, but safety Corey Brown picked off the
underthrown attempt to end the threat.
”That hurt,” O’Brien said. ”I don’t know if it would have
changed the outcome, but I think it would have helped a little bit.
It was a 13-play drive. We got it in there pretty good and then
threw the pick. It would have been nice to have a touchdown
After the teams traded punts, the Buckeyes scored on five
Hackenberg finished 12 of 23 for 112 yards passing with a
touchdown and two interceptions. He carried four times for 21 yards
”They’ll put it behind them,” O’Brien said of his players.
”We’ll remember some things. Now we’ll get ready to play
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