Penn State winning streak halted by 35-23 loss to Ohio State
October 28, 2012 5:00 AM
Ohio State's Braxton Miller runs the ball during a game against Penn State University.
Penn State students, with their bodies painted to read "O'Brien," react after Ohio State scores a touchdown in the second half.
Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press
Penn State kicks off to Ohio State before the start of an NCAA college football game at Beaver Stadium.
By Mark Dent Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The night had electricity. More than 107,000 stuffed into Beaver Stadium and wore white, and the students had been tailgating since the morning.
The night had a 300-yard passing effort from quarterback Matt McGloin, four sacks by the defense and a blocked punt by Mike Hull that led to a Michael Yancich touchdown.
The night just didn't have a victory for Penn State. Ohio State ended the Nittany Lions' five-game winning streak, defeating them 35-23 on Saturday night.
Penn State did what it needed to do in the first half, which is stop quarterback Braxton Miller. He entered the game averaging 293 of Ohio State's 438 total yards per game.
Defensive end Pete Massaro had his first sack in two years, and linebacker Gerald Hodges, linebacker Hull and defensive end James Terry had one, as well. Take away one play and Miller had just 13 carries for 26 yards. But that one play mattered.
With under two minutes left in the first half, he broke open his first big run of the game. He ran from the 39 to the six. Ohio State scored three plays later.
The second half changed because Miller changed. He was rarely stopped, gaining more than 80 yards on the ground. His touchdown with 3:30 left in the third quarter gave Ohio State a 21-10 lead. He added another just before the quarter ended, making it 28-10.
The second half opened with McGloin throwing an interception for Penn State. The offense could never really get on track. Ohio State held the Nittany Lions to 10 points through three quarters. The last two touchdowns came when the Buckeyes held a comfortable lead.