After all the distractions of the past two weeks, Penn State summoned up one of its best performances of the season.
The Nittany Lions' 20-14 victory over Ohio State was a means to a very large end: Playing Wisconsin on Saturday for a shot at the Big Ten title game.
But it was also more than even that.
''I'm so proud of this team,'' said running back Stephfon Green, who rushed for two touchdowns in the victory at partisan Ohio Stadium. ''We overcame a lot. We came into a hostile environment and beat a real good team.''
It has been an emotional time for everyone at Penn State. A former defensive assistant coach was arrested two weeks earlier and charged with molesting several young boys. Longtime coach Joe Paterno, the winningest Division I coach of all time, was fired in the wake of the charges, the university president and AD lost their jobs and the NCAA is looking into the athletic program's actions.
Last week, in the first game without Paterno, Penn State lost 17-14 at home ...