PSU -- Michael Yancich 0-yard punt block return (Sam Ficken kick), 6:15. Analysis: The game opens as a surprising defense struggle with both teams missing big plays early before things really bog down. On Ohio State's sixth possession of the game, they line up for a sixth punt. This one never gets off. Sophomore Mike Hull is never touched by an Ohio State player and practically snatches the ball himself off the foot of Buckeyes punter Ben Buchanan, who was kicking from near his own goal line. The ball careens back into the end zone where it's quickly scooped up by Yancich, a fifth-year senior who has played sparingly at linebacker but comes through on special teams with the biggest play of his career. PENN STATE 7, OHIO STATE 0.
OSU -- Carlos Hyde 1-yard run (Drew Basil kick), 0:34. Drive: 12 plays, 75 yards, 5:41. Analysis: Just when the Nittany Lions have seized momentum, a crucial penalty unravels it. The defense responds to the special teams touchdown with a quick stop of the Buckeyes, who line up for their seventh punt of the half. But Penn State gets flagged for defensive holding before the kick, giving Ohio State an automatic first down. It's the second time a punting situation for the Bucks is washed out by a Penn State penalty. Braxton Miller, bottled up for 19 minutes, makes the Lions pay, ripping off a 33-yard run in the face of a blitz. That leads to the game's first offensive score as Hyde bulls his way in at the goal line. PSU 7, OSU 7
OSU -- Ryan Shazier 17-yard interception return (Basil kick), 13:41. Analysis: Matt McGloin has avoided the big mistake all season long. But it comes at a particularly rough time for the Lions, throwing out of the end zone on third-and-long. McGloin's dart hits linebacker Shazier right in the numbers, and it's little trouble for the sophomore to run it back through minimal traffic for the touchdown. It's McGloin's first interception in four games but it's also his third career pick-six thrown against the Buckeyes and the sixth interception against an Urban Meyer-coached team. OSU 14, PSU 7.
PSU -- Ficken 27-yard field goal, 9:50. Drive: 8 plays, 73 yards, 3:51. Analysis: Penn State looks to bounce right back from the crippling turnover. And McGloin gets the crowd back into it when he finds Brandon Moseby-Felder for an impressive catch-and-run of 42 yards. That sets the Lions up at the Buckeyes 4-yard line with a chance to tie it up. But in a common refrain, a penalty costs Penn State big-time as a holding call backs them up for a third-and-goal from the 13. A short gain brings on the kicking unit and Ficken connects for his fifth field goal of the season. OSU 14, PSU 10.
OSU -- Braxton Miller 1-yard run (Basil kick), 3:30. Drive: 10 plays, 57 yards, 3:11. Analysis: A Penn State gamble backfires and Miller makes the play on one of the best 1-yard touchdown runs you're likely to see. Adrian Amos had initially set the Lions offense up with an interception, but Ohio State's defense forced a fourth-and-9 at the Ohio State 43. Bill O'Brien calls his second fake punt of the season with punter Alex Butterworth throwing to upback Derek Day, who can't hang on for the first down. Ohio State quickly marches the other way with Miller initially stuffed on third down from the 1. But the shifty sophomore somehow breaks free and leaps into the end zone for a score that swings all the momentum to the Buckeyes. OSU 21, PSU 10.
OSU -- Miller 1-yard run (Basil kick), 0:40. Drive 8 plays, 85 yards, 2:15. Analysis: Penn State's offense can't give the defense much rest, failing to pick up a first down after the Buckeyes' big score. So it's little surprise that the unit looks gassed when the Bucks come back with a little no-huddle action of their own. Miller goes over 100 yards rushing for the day and the Lions can't get a stop. Miller puts a dagger in Penn State's hopes when he picks up his second rushing touchdown of the quarter just before the quarter expires. OSU 28, PSU 10
PSU -- Matt Lehman 2-yard pass from Matt McGloin (Bill Belton run failed), 9:49. Drive: 18 plays, 80 yards, 5:51. Analysis: The Lions do everything they can to keep a faint pulse alive, converting twice on fourth down to keep one of their longest drives of the season going. McGloin even connects with Kyle Carter off his back foot to convert on one fourth down inside the 5. McGloin has plenty of time on third-and-goal to wait for the 6-foot-6 Lehman to step in front of his man and corral a pass in his bread basket. It's the third TD of the season for the tight end. A surprising 2-point attempt goes nowhere as Belton is stuffed on a draw play. OSU 28, PSU 16.
OSU -- Jake Stoneburner 72-yard pass from Miller (Basil kick), 6:11. Drive: 6 plays, 92 yards, 3:32. Analysis: And that's all she wrote. The Buckeyes move out from their own goal line and Miller delivers his best pass of the night. Stoneburner, a tight end/H-back has a step on safety Jake Fagnano over the middle and Miller's throw is right on the money. Fagnano has no chance to catch his man and it's an easy score from there. OSU 35, PSU 16.
PSU -- Kyle Carter 20-yard pass from McGloin (Ficken kick), 1:41. Drive: 12 plays, 83 yards, 4:25. Analysis: At this point, the Buckeyes are content to let the Lions dink-and-dunk down the field while the clock ticks down. McGloin gets one more shot at the end zone and throws a strike to his top tight end, setting a new career-high in passing yards in the process. Penn State can't come up with the ensuing onside kick and the Buckeyes run out the clock for their third straight win in Happy Valley. OSU 35, PSU 23.