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Snap Reactions: Give credit to Ohio State defense

Every Saturday during the Big Ten football season, 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. Ohio State 35, Penn State 23 1. Ohio State imposed its will in the trenches to slowly take over the game. The Buckeye defensive line played especially well. And Braxton Miller bounced back from a neck injury to run 25 times for 134 yards and two scores and pass for

Perfect Ohio State cools off Penn State, 35-23

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

3rd quarter recap: Ohio State 28, Penn State 10

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 made the score 14-7 when Ryan Shazier intercepted a Matt McGloin pass and returned it for a touchdown. Penn State closed the gap to 14-10 when Sam Ficken drilled a 27-yard field goal to finish off a 72-yard drive. The Nittany Lions’ drive was keyed by McGloin’s 44-yard pass to Brandon Moseby-Felder. Despite driving to

2nd quarter recap: Ohio State 7, Penn State 7

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. The Buckeyes tied the game at seven after Hyde turned a handoff into a one-yard touchdown to end a 12-play, 75-yard drive. Ohio State threw just one time during that series. The Nittany Lions are set to receive to start the second half. [ PREVIEWS | BY QUARTER | BOX | PBP | CONNECT | WEATHER ] EDITOR’S

1st quarter recap: Ohio State 0, Penn State 0

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. No. 9 Ohio State will start the second quarter with the ball at Penn State’s 45-yard line. [ PREVIEWS | BY QUARTER | BOX | PBP | CONNECT | WEATHER ] Read more from’s Tom Dienhart on this game: Player on the spot: The Penn State running backs. Zach Zwinak, Bill Belton … whomever. The Nittany Lions passing game is among the

Did You See This? Joe Paterno statue costume

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. Here’s a picture of the costume: @darrenrovell LIVING JoePa statue in State College — Dustin Coleman (@DirtColeman) October 27, 2012 Throughout Saturday’s Ohio State-Penn State game, we’ll provide live quarterly recaps on

Week 9 Previews: Legends battle comes to Lincoln

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. I’ll be in Lincoln to cover Michigan and Nebraska, and you can follow me on Twitter @BTNTomDienhart. I’ll track all of the other games with my usual Saturday Snap Reactions. Drop me your questions at the

Week 9: We predict all six Big Ten games

Every week,’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) offer their predictions for each Big Ten football game. We also provide a poll for all of the games so fans can vote for their winners. After eight weeks, it’s Dienhart on top, one game ahead of fans and three ahead of Yarina. See our Week 9 predictions and choose your winners in this post. [RELATED: Week 9 Power Rankings | Week 9 Player Rankings | Week 9 Bowl Projections] SEASON RECORDS Tom: 52-16; .765 fans: 51-17; .750 Brent: 49-19; .721 Indiana (2-5, 0-3) at Illinois (2-5, 0-3)

12 Big Questions: My Week 9 Big Ten queries

Saturday is fast approaching. Here are my most pressing questions for each school. The answers may come Saturday, but if you want to tackle them now, let me know in the comments box or via my Big Ten mailbag. Read all of my Big Ten coverage here. And don’t be afraid to drop ask me a question on Twitter (@BTNTomDienhart). Illinois Will the offense come to life? Yes, the defense has had its issues, too. But the root of the Fighting Illini’s problems has been on offense. Illinois has lost its three Big Ten tilts by a combined score of

Best of Week 9: Strength vs. strength in Lincoln

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. Ohio State’s visit to Penn State will have no bearing on the Leaders Division race, since each squad is on NCAA probation. But it still will be a heavily watched game, as both are among the hottest teams in the Big Ten and among the best overall. It will be fun to watch the Buckeye offense take on the Nittany Lion defense. And how healthy will Ohio