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Ohio State vs. Penn State: Buckeyes improve to 9-0 with convincing win over Nittany Lions

Braxton Miller returned Saturday night in Happy Valley, and he led Ohio State to another Big Ten win.

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Urban Meyer endorses Braxton Miller for Heisman

Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer supports his quarterback, Braxton Miller, winning college football's most prestigious individual trophy.


Buckeyes stay undefeated with convincing win

Ohio State remains undefeated in Big Ten play and overall, defeating the Penn State Nittany Lions 35-23 in Beaver Stadium to move to 9-0 and 5-0 in the Big Ten . Buckeye quarterback Braxton Miller led the team with his legs as well as his throwing arm. The sophomore rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries, and threw for 143 yards and another touchdown as well. Jake Stoneburner was Miller's favorite receiver, collecting 86 yards receiving and a touchdown while Carlos Hyde chipped in 55 yards rushing and one touchdown.

Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin had a strong day through the air, picking up 327 yards while completing 27 of his 45 pass attempts. McGloin tossed two touchdowns, but had an interception as well. Freshman tight end Kyle Carter had seven receptions for 77 yards and one touchdown, while Brandon Moseby-Felder caught four passes for 70 yards.

Box Score Hero: Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, who racked up 277 total yards and three touchdowns.

Rankings Ramifications: The Buckeyes picked up a solid road win, and should rise one or two spots in the AP rankings.

But Did They Cover?: Ohio State was a 1-point favorite over Penn State, and they covered the spread.

For More On This Game:

For more on Buckeyes football, visit Ohio State blog Land-Grant Holy Land, plus Big Ten blog Off Tackle Empire and SB Nation Cleveland. For more on Nittany Lions football, visit Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries, plus SB Nation Pittsburgh and SB Nation Philly.

Next Week's Schedule:

Ohio State - vs Illinois

Penn State - at Purdue

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Buckeyes lead 28-10 after three quarters

Three third quarter touchdowns have given the Ohio State Buckeyes a 28-10 lead over Penn State after three quarters.

Ohio State took its first lead of the game on the opening possession of the third quarter when Ryan Shazier intercepted Matthew McGloin for 17-yards for the score to put the Buckeyes ahead, 14-7.

Penn State answered with a 27-yard field goal by Sam Ficken which concluded a 9-play, 72-yard drive and cut Ohio State's lead to 14-10 with 9:50 remaining in the third quarter.

The Nittany Lions immediately got the ball back when Adrian Amos intercepted Braxton Miller, but they turned the ball over on downs in Ohio State territory for the second time in the game when they failed to convert 4th-and-9 from the OSU 43-yard line.

After the turnover on downs, Miller led a 10-play, 57-yard drive that he concluded with a 1-yard touchdown run to extend Ohio State's lead to 21-10 with 3:30 left in the third quarter.

The Ohio State defense forced a three-and-out on the ensuing Penn State possession and Miller again concluded a long drive with a 1-yard touchdown run to put the Buckeyes ahead 28-10.

Miller is 6-of-17 passing for 71 yards and one interception while rushing 21 times for 108 yards and two touchdowns.


Nittany Lions and Buckeyes tied 7-7 at half

The Ohio State Buckeyes are tied with Penn State, 7-7, at half after the two teams exchanged touchdowns late in the second quarter.

Penn State opened the scoring when they blocked an Ohio State punt attempt and Michael Yancich recovered it for a touchdown to put the Nittany Lions up 7-0 with 6:50 left in the second quarter.

Ohio State answered late in the second quarter with a 12-play, 75-yard drive that ended on a Carlos Hyde 1-yard touchdown run to tie the game, 7-7, with 38 seconds left in the half.

Penn State had an opportunity to score on a six-play, 62-yard drive early in the second quarter but turned the ball over on downs in the red zone after quarterback Matt McGloin completed a pass for 8 yards to Brandon Moseby-Felder on 4th-and-12.

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller is 4-of-12 passing for 45 yards and has rushed 14 times for 59 yards.


Buckeyes and Nittany Lions scoreless after first

Ohio State and Penn State are scoreless through the first quarter as the two teams combined to punt six times in the opening frame.

Ohio State had the ball four times while Penn State had three offensive possessions in the first quarter, but neither team penetrated the red zone or threatened to score.

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller returned after missing the conclusion of last week's win over Purdue due to a head injury and was 4-of-10 passing for 45 yards while rushing five times for 12 yards in the first quarter.

Penn State managed 37 yards of total offense with two first downs on 13 snaps in the first quarter. Ohio State had four first downs and 75 yards of total offense to open the game.

Both Ohio State and Penn State are undefeated in conference play season and sit atop the Leaders division standings in the Big 10 but both are ineligible for post-season play due to NCAA sanctions.


Bogard tears ACL, Brown expected back this week

Ohio State defensive back Devan Bogard will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his ACL.


Braxton Miller still 'very sore', 'rattled'

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller is expected to practice Tuesday and has been listed as the starter for Saturday's game against Penn State.

Miller suffered an apparent head and shoulder injury against Purdue this past Saturday. The injury seemed very serious, as Miller was carted off the field, however, he did not sustain a concussion.

In Urban Meyer's press conference Monday, the Ohio State head coach said that he had visited Miller while he was still in the hospital, and that the star quarterback remains very sore, according to Land-Grant Holyland. Meyer went on to say that Miller was still shaken from Saturday's injury, and he had "never been rattled like that before."

Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman stated that Miller's health will have no affect on the play calling, and that Miller and Ohio State "have to win the game," according to Zac Jackson of Fox Sports Ohio.

Miller has established himself as a Heisman Trophy candidate through eight games for the undefeated Buckeyes. Miller is 105-of-179 passing for 1384 yards and 11 touchdowns, and he has added 959 yards and 10 touchdowns rushing as well.

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