Every Saturday during the Big Ten football season, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart watches all the action and offers his Snap Reactions. Dienhart was very impressed by Ohio State, and on both sides of the ball, in its 35-23 victory over Penn State. Check out his impressions in this post.
Braxton Miller was his usual self, running for 134 yards and accounting for three touchdowns, leading No. 9 Ohio State to a 35-23 victory against Penn State on Saturday. Ryan Shazier returned an interception 17 yards for a score early in the third quarter that gave the Buckeyes (9-0, 5-0 Big Ten) the lead for good, and the Nittany Lions (5-3, 3-1) had their five-game winning streak snapped in a matchup of the bowl-banned perennial powers.
Ohio State racked up 106 rushing yards in the third, and the Buckeyes now lead 28-10. Ohio State sniffed out Penn State’s rushing attack in the quarter, holding the Nittany Lions to one rush yard. The Buckeyes are currently on a 14-point run.
Ohio State’s Carlos Hyde ran for eight yards and one touchdown in the quarter, and the two teams are tied 7-7 at the end of the second. Penn State made the score 7-0 when Mike Hull returned a blocked punt for a touchdown.
There were more punts than points in the first quarter and the game is tied 0-0 at the end of the first quarter. With neither team able to move the ball, there were six punts in the quarter.
Halloween is Wednesday, so we can expect to see a bunch of fans dressed up in costume during Week 9 across Big Ten stadiums. At Penn State, one fan is headed to the game as the Joe Paterno statue that used to sit outside Beaver Stadium. The statue, plus the entire memorial to the former coach, was removed in the wake of the child sex abuse case.
In my preview of this Saturday’s six games, I believe most teams will play with a real sense of urgency. Nebraska and Michigan are two good examples, but Ohio State and Penn State each have something to prove, too. Michigan State and Wisconsin have a history, Iowa leads Northwestern in the standings, and Purdue, Minnesota, Indiana and Illinois each seek their first conference win.
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This shapes up as a great weekend that is headlined by Michigan’s visit to Nebraska in a huge Legends clash that will go a long way toward determining who will win the division.