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Day credits Lions’ effort

COLUMBUS — Since its early-season loss to Oregon, Ohio State has won six-straight games, scoring 50 points at will and rolling over its opponents.

That changed Saturday night as the No. 5 Buckeyes defeated Penn State, 33-24, but didn’t play their best game.

The Buckeyes committed 10 penalties, saw touchdown drives turn into field goals and allowed 361 yards passing.

OSU coach Ryan Day praised Penn State in one breath and expressed his frustration in the next.

“I’m proud of our guys for working through a gritty game like this,” he said. “It’s not atypical of a Penn State game. It’s not what we didn’t expect. I thought it would be very much like it happened. Certainly frustrating. We’re going to go back on this film and look at it, learn a lot from it, grow from it and pull our hair out from it. But we kept swinging away.”

Day singled out the PSU defense.

“We weren’t trying to get style points in the game against Penn State,” he said. “That’s not how it works. You got to just win the game and we did that. Kicked some field goals. Didn’t convert down in the red zone but, you know, we didn’t go away from the run game. We kept working at it.”

Notable

- Sean Clifford tied a Penn State record with 35 pass completions, matching Matt McGloin’s 35 completions against Northwestern in 2012. Clifford’s 52 pass attempts rank fourth-most in a game at Penn State.

- Jahan Dotson (11 receptions, 127 yards) and WR Parker Washington (nine receptions, 108 yards) both went over 100 receiving yards in a game for the second time this season. They both had 100-plus receiving yards against Villanova (Dotson 117, Washington 148).

- Clifford earned his fifth career 300-yard passing game. He sits in sole possession of fourth all-time at Penn State, breaking a tie with Kerry Collins (1991-94). It was Clifford’s second game with 300+ passing yards this season.

- Clifford has now completed 518 career passes. He now sits fourth all-time at Penn State, passing McGloin (513).

- In 29 meetings between the teams since Penn State joined the Big Ten, the Lions are 8-21 against the Buckeyes. Joe Paterno won six (not counting pre-Big Ten wins in 1978 and ’80), Tom Bradley won as interim coach in 2011 and James Franklin is now 1-7.

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