Quick-cap: PSU D Gives Bucks a Scare

Penn State headed into Columbus with nearly no one even giving the Nittany Lions a shot to hang with the No. 1 Buckeyes, but Penn State gave Ohio State a major scare. Although the 28-6 score was not reflective of the defensive battle today thanks to two late interceptions by PSU run back for TDs.

The Penn State story of the day was PSU's defense, who contained Troy Smith to 115 yards through the air and only 18 yards on the ground. In terms of leaders on defense Sean Lee led all Penn State tacklers with 11 tackles, Dan Connor pulled down eight and Donnie Johnson grabbed seven.

Justin King set the tone for the defense when he picked off Troy Smith out of the gate. Dan Connor also had an interception. Amazingly, before this game Smith had only thrown one interception since these two teams met in 2005 in another defensive border battle.

Once the Buckeyes picked up a 7-3 lead they ran on the back of Antonio Pittman, who rolled up 110 yards and a touchdown. OSU's receiving duo of Tedd Ginn and Anthony Gonzales were both shut down by PSU's secondary for only four catches for a total of 31 yards. Penn State's secondary did a solid job of shutting down OSU's passing attack.

On the offensive side of the ball Tony Hunt picked up 135 yards on 24 carries. However, Anthony Morelli struggled throughout the contest, going 16 for 25 for 106 yards. However, he threw three interceptions, two of which were late picks that went for touchdowns, putting the game out of reach for the Lions.

As a side note, Penn State once again failed to score over ten points in Columbus, something they have been unable to do since joining conference play in 1993.


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