The visitors never stood a chance on this night, as the Buckeyes had 14 points before the contest was 15 minutes old, a commanding 45-7 lead at halftime, and a 686-357 yards advantage by the end of the night.
Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller tossed a trio of touchdowns, ran for another two, and was joined in the multiple touchdown category by running back Carlos Hyde and back-up quarterback Kenny Guiton, who each ran for two.
The Lions were paced by a pair of touchdown tosses from Christian Hackenberg and Tyler Ferguson. The former tosses one to Brandon Felder, the latter a 65-yard strike to Allen Robinson that really had more to do with Robinson's catch-and-run after receiving a screen passs, the best solo effort Penn State had on this night, than the toss from Ferguson. He finished 7-of-11 for 125 yards, while Hackenberg finished 12-for-23 for 112 yards and an interception.
There isn't much that is noteworthy to take from this contest, other than a pair of injuries and the emergence of running back Bill Belton as a reliable starting back. He finished with 22 carries for 98 yards, showing plenty of burst and wiggle.
The injuries, however, will take prominence after this one, as Hackenberg left with an iced right shoulder - it didn't appear serious - and middle linebacker Glenn Carson with an arm injury that forced him into the tunnel early.
The final score reflects the same score Penn State beat Ohio State by in 1994. Fight On State will have more from Columbus.
PREGAME: Penn State true freshman receiver Richy Anderson did not make the trip for unspecified reasons. … The Lions only traveled 69 healthy players to the game. The 70th spot on the travel roster was given to senior tight end Matt Lehman, who sustained a season-ending knee injury in the opener against Syracuse. Lehman spent the early part of the pregame throwing passes to the other tight ends. … Former Lion Adam Taliaferro was spotted on the sideline. Taliaferro sustain a career-ending spine injury in a game here in 2001 but recovered enough to graduate from PSU. He is now an attorney.
Ohio State scored first, and Penn State had a promising drive, but at the end of one in Columbus, the Buckeyes lead the Lion 14-0.
Penn State won the opening coin toss and deferred, leading to a seven play, 75 yard drive capped by a Carlos Hyde touchdown scamper. The Buckeyes scored again with 1:10 left in the stanza, as quarterback Braxton Miller ran 39 yards on a designed run for a score to end a 10 play, 88 yard Buckeye drive. It was Miller's first rushing TD of the year.
Christian Hackenberg and his Lions offense showed flashes of promise early with the aide of back Bill Belton, but head coach Bill O'Brien saw his offense fizzle facing a 3rd down deep in OSU territory when Hackenberg was picked off by the Buckeye's Pitt Brown. The pass was intended for tight end Adam Breneman.
It was the first of two interceptions Hackenberg would throw while targeting a tight end, as he also tossed one on a pass intended to tight end Jesse James. That pass, underthrown like the one to Breneman, was grabbed by C.J. Barnett.
Belton who started the game, leads State with 27 yards on six carries. Zach Zwinak has also played, but only has a carry, and Hackenberg is 4-of-9 for 47 yards. On the other side, Miller is 5-of-7 for 68 yards, and also leads the Buckeyes in rushing yards with seven carries for 51 yards and a score.
Ohio State has the ball to start the second quarter.
Hackenberg was sacked to end the second quarter. It was the perfect snapshot of how things went for the Lions as a whole.
Ohio State leads the Lions 42-7 at halftime, aided by a trio of second stanza touchdowns that swelled its lead at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes answered a Hackenberg 12-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Felder with a 39-yard scamper from Hyde on the second play of Ohio State's ensuing drive, and later added a Miller 25-yard pass to Corey Brown.
Hackenberg was better in the second 15 minutes, boosting his stat line to 9-of-19 for 95 yards and a score at halftime. His toss to Felder, who was streaking across the middle, came with a Buckeye defender draped on his back. Felder found himself in the same position after the catch, carrying an OSU defender into the end zone with him for Penn State's first points of the contest.
The score came after Miller had swelled Ohio State's lead to 27-7 with a three-yard TD strike to a wide-open Fields. It ended an eight play, 60 yard drive midway through the second quarter. Hyde later wasted no time cashing in on the Buckeyes' best field position of the night thanks to a Dontre Wilson 49-yard kick-off return, going mainly untouched for his second score of the evening. Brown's grab came with just three seconds left in the half.
Ohio State racked up 414 yards of total offense to Penn State's 158, grabbing 210 yards on the ground and 204 through the air. Buried in the chaos was a productive half for Belton, who carried 18 times for 78 yards.
Penn State will have the ball to open the second half.
Penn State surrendered another 14 points in the third quarter, Christian Hackenberg left with an injury, and Glenn Carson did, too.
To say Hackenberg standing on the sideline with a bag of ice firmly fixed on his right shoulder and Carson heading to the locker room with an arm injury added injury to insult on this night goes without saying. The Lions trail 56-7 at the end of three.
Ohio State scored two touchdowns in the stanza, as Miller completed a 26-yard strike to Wilson and back-up quarterback Kenny Guiton ran in from two-yards out. The Lions best chance to score came in the quarters final seconds, but Allen Robinson was ruled short of the line to gain on fourth down inside Ohio State's 20-yard line, forcing a turnover on downs.
Tyler Ferguson if 4-of-6 for 51 yards in back-up duty, while tailback Akeel Lynch has carried eight times for 25 yards.