COLUMBUS, Ohio - Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State's 20-14 victory over Ohio State on Saturday at Ohio Stadium:
Play of the game: On the sixth play of their first possession, the Nittany Lions unveiled a wildcat formation with Curtis Drake at quarterback. Drake handed off to Stephfon Green, who burst 39 yards up the middle for the game's first touchdown.
Offensive player of the game: Green rushed for 93 yards on 16 carries (a 5.8 average) and two touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 8 yards and made a tackle on special teams.
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Penn State running back Stephfon Green scores one of his two touchdowns on Saturday.
Defensive player of the game: Penn State linebacker Glenn Carson made a team-high 11 tackles and forced a fumble in the third quarter.
Most telling statistic: Penn State averaged 6.1 yards per rushing attempt (and 4.9 yards per passing attempt).
Hidden statistic: The Lions' 20 points marked their highest output in 12 games in Columbus since the 1964 team came here and upset the No. 2 Buckeyes, 27-0.
Best run(s): Silas Redd showed his Warner-esque cutback ability during a 42-yard burst in the second quarter, the key play of an 81-yard, five-play drive that put the Lions up 17-7 in the second quarter. Buckeye quarterback Braxton Miller's 24-yarder scramble in the fourth quarter, when he bounced off Gerald Hodges, was equally impressive.
Best pass: On first down from the Ohio State 36, Matt McGloin zinged a 20-yard slant to Derek Moye in the second quarter.
Worst pass: With a 17-7 lead in the second quarter and a chance to take control, McGloin was flushed from the pocket, threw high for Andrew Szczerba and was picked off by Orhian Johnson, who returned it 15 yards to the PSU 37.
Best catch: Ohio State receiver DeVier Posey, back from a 10-game suspension, snagged a one-hander at the sideline for an 18-yard gain in the second quarter, setting up the Buckeyes' first touchdown.
Catch it, will ya: Justin Brown dropped one in the first quarter, and fullback Michael Zordich had a brutal third-down drop in the fourth quarter that forced a punt. Ohio State's Corey Brown got behind Nick Sukay and Chaz Powell in the fourth quarter and muffed a bomb at the PSU 15.
Hold it, won't ya: Penn State didn't fumble but pounced on a pair of Ohio State gaffes, including Boom Herron's flub at the Buckeye 11 in the third quarter that hurt OSU's field position.
Best call: Going to the wildcat, spreading out and injecting life in a Penn State offense that since joining the Big Ten simply could not function in Columbus.
Worst call: Thought at least one of the four shots up the middle from inside the Ohio State 2 that didn't work - two fullback drives, a QB sneak and Redd's leap - should have been more deceptive.
Best block: Lion guard DeOn'tae Pannell helped spring Green's 39-yard touchdown run that gave PSU a 7-0 lead.
Best tackle: Nit safeties Drew Astorino and Malcolm Willis contained Miller's 9-yard scramble to the PSU 41 on fourth-and-10 with 1:41 left.
Worst tackle(s): D'Anton Lynn had a shot at Miller, who eluded the diving attempt and scored on a 24-yard option, pulling Ohio State within 10-7 with 12:32 left in the second quarter. Astorino also bit on an option that Miller turned into a 24-yard gain on the Buckeyes' second TD drive.
Best hit: Ohio State corner Bradley Roby rocked Redd in the second quarter.
Best kick: Anthony Fera's 46-yard field goal, a career long, gave the Lions a 20-14 lead on the final play of the first half.
Worst kick: Ohio State punter Ben Buchanan, kicking from the PSU 35 in the first quarter, boomed it through the end zone. The crowd booed.
Worst penalty: Miller was called for intentional grounding with 36 seconds left at the OSU 28, costing the Buckeyes 7 yards, a loss of down and a 10-second runoff.
Best effort: Lion defensive end Sean Stanley, rotating back into coverage, dove to break up a 25-yard pass attempt for Jordan Hall. It's difficult to remember a defensive end covering that much ground in one-on-one coverage.
Unsung hero(es): Penn State's offensive line escorted a ground game that produced 239 yards and allowed zero sacks.