Penn State defeats Ohio State


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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Backup tailback Stephfon Green ran for two touchdowns and Anthony Fera kicked two field goals as No. 21 Penn State beat Ohio State, 20-14, today before 105,493 fans at Ohio Stadium.

The Nittany Lions (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) clinched at least a share of the Leaders Division title.

They can win the division crown outright and earn a berth in the inaugural Big Ten championship game Dec. 3 with a win at Wisconsin (9-2, 5-2) next Saturday.

Penn State is 4-0 on the road this season.

Neither team scored in the second half as Ohio State (6-5, 3-4) suffered its second consecutive loss.

Penn State recovered its first of two fumbles in the third quarter, but Ohio State's defense kept the Lions out of the end zone following a first-and-goal at the 2.

Fullback Mike Zordich gained 1 yard on first down. But Zordich, quarterback Matt McGloin and tailback Silas Redd were stuffed for no gain on three consecutive carries.

Penn State had scored fewer than 20 points in six of its previous 10 games, but the Lions led 10-0 and 17-7 before settling for a 20-14 halftime lead.

The Nittany Lions had 254 yards offense in the first half, including 188 rushing while relying numerous times on the Wildcat formation.

Green, who had touchdowns of 5 and 6 yards the previous week against Nebraska, scored on first-half runs of 39 and 4 yards today.

And Fera kicked field goals of 43 and 46 yards, setting career highs each time as Penn State scored on four of its five possessions while using numerous players in the Wildcat formation.

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller scored on a 24-yard run and tossed a 7-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jake Stoneburner to pull the Buckeyes to 17-14 with 5:22 remaining.

The second score was set up by McGloin's interception.


Ron Musselman: rmusselman@post-gazette.com and Twitter @rmusselmanppg.


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