The Buckeyes had little trouble with Penn State or the hostile Beaver Stadium crowd of 110,134. PSU came into the contest seventh in the nation in yards allowed per game at 279.5 and fourth in points at 15.0. Ohio State had 284 yards and 17 points by halftime.
The Buckeyes used a balanced attack on offense and never had to punt. Quarterback Todd Boeckman completed 19 of 26 passes for a career-high 253 yards. Brian Robiskie, Brian Hartline and Jake Ballard caught touchdown passes. Hartline led the receiving attack with four catches for 69 yards, and Robiskie added four receptions for 59 yards.
"We couldn't stop them," said longtime Nittany Lions head coach Joe Paterno. "I hate to start talking about any one aspect of it. Offensively, they were just one step ahead of us all night.
"You can't start blaming the secondary or this guy or that guy. You've got to give Ohio State credit. They played a heck of a football game."
Ohio State started the game on offense and drove down the field before settling for a 50-yard field goal by Ryan Pretorius 2:44 into the game. Penn State answered with a touchdown to take a 7-3 lead. Rodney Kinlaw capped the drive with a 2-yard run over the left side with 6:35 remaining in the first quarter.
The Buckeyes answered quickly and took command from there. Boeckman connected with Robiskie for a 9-yard touchdown pass. The drive was set up by a 60-yard strike from Boeckman to Robiskie. The lead increased to 17-7 later in the second quarter thanks to a 15-play, 91-yard drive. Ohio State converted four third downs and capped the drive with a 16-yard screen pass to Hartline for a touchdown.
After halftime, Penn State drove into OSU territory before setting for a punt. The Buckeyes started their first drive at their own 13 before extending the lead thanks to a 13-play, 87-yard drive. Wells carried four times for 29 yards on the drive, and Maurice Wells added 25 more. Ballard capped the drive with a 15-yard touchdown reception on a third-and-2 play-action pass that made the score 24-7.
"I saw him bite for just a second too long and I knew I had him beat." Ballard said.
The Nittany Lions moved down the field on their next possession but had to settle for a 27-yard field goal by Kevin Kelly. The boot did not stunt Ohio State's momentum, as the Buckeyes answered the field goal with a 37-yard Pretorius kick with 9:52 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Vernon Gholson struck the death knell two plays later. On second down from the OSU 20, Morelli was rushed by Gholston and threw a pass right to Jenkins. The junior cornerback turned the interception into his second career touchdown when he run down the left sideline for a 24-yard score.
PSU backup Daryll Clark replaced Morelli following the score, but Clark fared no better. His pass to Jordan Norwood turned into points for Ohio State. Kurt Coleman stripped Norwood of the ball after the Penn State junior caught Clark's pass. The Buckeyes failed to reach the end zone following the turnover, but Ohio State did increase its lead to 37-10 on a 35-yard Pretorius field goal.
The Nittany Lions closed the scoring when A.J. Wallace took the ensuing kickoff and went 97 yards for a touchdown.
Morelli completed only 12 passes on 21 attempts for 111 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. Kinlaw led the rushing attack with 81 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown.