Originally written on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 10/27/12
It may have been the Ineligibowl, but Ohio State looked like they could care less. Thanks to a strong defensive effort and the legs of Braxton Miller, Ohio State pulled away in the third quarter after being tied 7-7 at halftime and kept their perfect season alive with a 35-23 victory over Penn State in Happy Valley. Miller ran for 134 yards and two scores on 25 carries and threw for another 143 and one additional score. Carlos Hyde had a lot of tough yardage with 22 carries for 55 yards and one touchdown. The teams traded punts early before a Penn State blocked punt gave the Nittany Lions a 7-0 lead halfway through the second quarter. Hyde found the end zone to knot the score after a questionable holding call on Penn State during an OSU punt and a key Braxton Miller run of 33 yards. Linebacker Ryan Shazier made back-to-back huge plays at the start of the second half, sacking Penn State QB Matt McGloin then picking him off on the next play for a pick six. The 9-0 Buckeyes will face Illinois next Saturday afternoon in the ‘Shoe. Scoring Summary 1st QuarterOHST – PSU None 0 – 0 2nd QuarterOHST – PSU 6:50 PSU TD Penn St. blocked punt attempt by Ben Buchanan. Recovered byMichael Yancich (Sam Ficken made PAT) 0 – 7 0:38 OHST TD Carlos Hyde rushed to the right for 1 yard gain (Drew Basil made PAT) 7 – 7 3rd QuarterOHST – PSU 14:35 OHST TD Ryan Shazier intercepted Matt McGloin for 17 yards (Drew Basilmade PAT) 14 – 7 10:38 PSU FG Sam Ficken kicked a 27-yard field goal 14 – 10 3:55 OHST TD Braxton Miller rushed to the right for 1 yard gain (Drew Basil made PAT) 21 – 10 1:02 OHST TD Braxton Miller rushed to the right for 1 yard gain (Drew Basil made PAT) 28 – 10 4th QuarterOHST – PSU 10:35 PSU TD Matt McGloin passed to Matt Lehman to the right for 2 yard gain (2pt attempt failed, Bill Belton run to the right) 28 – 16 7:10 OHST TD Braxton Miller passed to Jake Stoneburner down the middle for 72 yard gain (Drew Basil made PAT) 35 – 16 2:23 PSU TD Matt McGloin passed to Kyle Carter to the left for 20 yard gain (Sam Ficken made PAT) 35 – 23 Passing Ohio State Buckeyes Comp Att Yds Pct Y/A Sack YdsL TD Int Rating Braxton Miller 7 19 143 36.8 7.5 0 0 1 1 106.9 Penn State Nittany Lions Comp Att Yds Pct Y/A Sack YdsL TD Int Rating Matt McGloin 27 45 327 60.0 7.3 0 0 2 1 131.3 Alex Butterworth 0 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 Rushing Ohio State Buckeyes Rush Yds Avg Lng TD FumL Braxton Miller 25 134 5.4 33 2 0 Carlos Hyde 22 55 2.5 7 1 0 Rod Smith 4 48 12.0 28 0 0 Penn State Nittany Lions Rush Yds Avg Lng TD FumL Zach Zwinak 12 41 3.4 9 0 0 Bill Belton 10 26 2.6 6 0 0 Michael Zordich 1 3 3.0 3 0 0 Matt McGloin 4 -37 -9.3 -7 0 0 Receiving Ohio State Buckeyes Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FumL Jake Stoneburner 2 86 43.0 72 1 0 Evan Spencer 3 33 11.0 13 0 0 Nick Vannett 1 22 22.0 22 0 0 Carlos Hyde 1 2 2.0 2 0 0 Penn State Nittany Lions Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FumL Kyle Carter 6 76 12.7 21 1 0 Brandon Moseby-Felder 4 73 18.3 44 0 0 Allen Robinson 5 68 13.6 37 0 0 Bill Belton 5 35 7.0 11 0 0 Matt Lehman 2 21 10.5 19 1 0 Jesse James 1 20 20.0 20 0 0 Garry Gilliam 1 15 15.0 15 0 0 Zach Zwinak 2 11 5.5 8 0 0 Trevor Williams 1 8 8.0 8 0 0 Kicking Ohio State Buckeyes XPM XPA FGM FGA Lng Pct Pts Drew Basil 5 5 0 0 0 0.0 5 Penn State Nittany Lions XPM XPA FGM FGA Lng Pct Pts Sam Ficken 2 2 1 1 27 100.0 5 Punting Ohio State Buckeyes Punt Avg Blk In20 TB Ben Buchanan 5 41.6 1 1 1 Penn State Nittany Lions Punt Avg Blk In20 TB Alex Butterworth 5 41.4 0 4 0 Kick/Punt Returns Ohio State Buckeyes KR Yds Avg Lng TD PR Yds Avg Lng TD Rod Smith 4 66 16.5 25 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 Corey (Philly) Brown 0 0 0.0 0 0 5 0 0.0 0 0 Bradley Roby 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 Penn State Nittany Lions KR Yds Avg Lng TD PR Yds Avg Lng TD Bill Belton 6 75 12.5 16 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 Jesse Della Valle 0 0 0.0 0 0 5 2 0.4 2 0
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