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PSU-Ohio State highlights, lowlights

October 27, 2013
By Neil Rudel ( , The Altoona Mirror

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State's 63-14 loss to Ohio State on Saturday night at Ohio Stadium:

Play of the game: On third-and-4 from the Ohio State 12, and trailing 7-0, Christian Hackenberg was intercepted in the end zone by Buckeye safety Corey Brown. A score there, even a field goal, may have prolonged the inevitable.

Offensive player of the game: Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller completed 18-of-24 passes for 252 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran 11 times for 68 yards and two more scores.

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Ohio State defensive back Corey Brown intercepts a Christian Hackenberg pass in front of Penn State tight end Adam Breneman in the first quarter.

Defensive player of the game: Buckeye defensive end Noah Spence made four tackles, including two sacks, and forced a fumble.

Most telling statistic: Ohio State piled up 414 yards in the first half.

Hidden statistic: The 63 points PSU allowed was its most since 1899.

Best run: Allen Robinson zigzagged 65 yards late in the fourth quarter for the game's final score.

Best pass: Tyler Ferguson came off the bench to hit Robinson in stride on a third-quarter slant for 36 yards.

Worst pass: Before the game got out of hand, Hackenberg missed an open Brandon Felder that would have been a big gain early.

Best catch: Ohio State safety C.J. Barnett made a nice adjustment to intercept a pass intended for Jesse James late in the first quarter.

Catch it, will ya: Didn't see any obvious PSU drops.

Hold it, won't ya: Zach Zwinak fumbled again, giving Ohio State a short field - as if it needed one - that the Buckeyes turned into a 49-7 lead in the third quarter.

Best block: Ohio State receiver Devin Smith sustained a downfield block on Malcolm Willis, escorting Miller's 39-yard touchdown run that extended the Buckeye lead to 14-0.

Best tackle: Spence, a sophomore from Harrisburg, raced past Donovan Smith and sacked Hackenberg from the blind side, forcing a fumble that alertly recovered in the first quarter.

Best hit: OSU right guard Marcus Hall decked an unsuspecting Deion Barnes to help free Miller during a first-quarter scramble.

Best kick: Ohio State punter Cameron Johnston boomed a 55-yarder in the third quarter.

Best call(s): The Buckeyes, who had been getting off to slow starts, ran a hurry-up offense that scored on the first drive, and it set a tone.

Worst call: Penn State was forced to call timeout on the first play of the second half.

Best effort: Buckeye tailback Carlos Hyde rushed for 147 yards on 16 carries.

Unsung hero(es): The Ohio State offensive line.

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