2. Big play defense is back: The defense wasn't perfect – it ceded some yards on the ground, for example – but it did make the big plays that haven't been consistently there over the past few weeks. Ohio State got to Christian Hackenberg four times before he was mercifully pulled from the game, forcing a fumble as well, and the Buckeyes made the Nittany Lions cough up three turnovers. Anytime the Buckeye defense can get the ball back to the offense, especially the way it is playing right now, it's a good thing. For a defense that has been described as passive over the past few weeks, this was a sorely needed performance of impact plays, and the Buckeyes admitted as much after the game. Noah Spence was dominating up front and the rest of the line was solid as well, while safeties C.J. Barnett and Corey Brown came up with big interceptions that helped alter the course of the game. Whenever the Nittany Lions threatened, especially early in the game, the Buckeyes had an answer.
3. What a night: It's hard to imagine a more perfect evening in Ohio Stadium. Each week I write the Game Analysis section of BSB, which includes a note about "What Went Wrong," but that is almost impossible to fill out this week. There are some things to nitpick – no pun intended against the Nittany Lions – but when your punter's first touchback of the season is one of the worst things that happens, complaining is pretty much out of the question. Ohio State finally has its statement win, the comprehensive blowout against a solid conference opponent that national pollsters likely wanted to see. In addition, a huge crowd of recruits was on hand and had to like the spectacle, and TBDBITL even put on another fantastic show. Other than the temperature – it was a bit chilly in Columbus – what wasn't there to like?