BTN.com staff, BTN.com staff, October 27, 2012
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.
Miller missed the fourth quarter against Purdue after a hard tackle sent him to the hospital with a case of whiplash. He declared himself good to go by the midweek.
Was he ever. The Heisman campaign can resume.
The sophomore quarterback reached 100 yards rushing for the sixth time this season, carrying 25 times, and only avoiding contact when it was convenient.
WATCH OHIO STATE-PENN STATE HIGHLIGHTS
FINAL: Braxton Miller put the team on his back in No. 9 Ohio State's 35-23 win over Penn State on Saturday at Beaver Stadium, rushing for 134 rushing yards and two touchdowns. The Buckeyes' offense dominated, ripping off huge chunks of yardage.
The Nittany Lions' defense gave up four plays of at least 20 yards. With 6:45 to go in the fourth quarter, Miller and Jake Stoneburner combined for a 72-yard touchdown, Ohio State's longest play on the day. The score gave the Buckeyes a 35-16 lead.
Matt McGloin kept Penn State's offense on track, throwing for 327 yards and two touchdowns on 27 of 45 passing.
The Nittany Lions finished with 358 total yards, including 327 yards passing while completing 27 of 46 attempts. Penn State's ran for just 31 yards on 28 attempts.
Ohio State racked up 378 total yards. The Buckeyes complemented Miller's passing with 235 yards rushing on 53 attempts.
Ohio State's Miller went seven of 19 through the air for a total of 143 yards. Miller finished the game with one touchdown and one interception.
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