The start could not have been any worse for the Penn State Nittany Lions. On a cold night in a hostile environment, Penn State found themselves in a big hole early. After allowing the Ohio State offense to do whatever it wanted, the Nittany Lions find themselves down 42-7 at halftime.
The Penn State defense had two weeks to prepare for this game, but have looked stunned so far by the speed of Ohio State. Running an up-tempo offense, Braxton Miller took his Buckeyes down the field at will. Miller, who hasn’t been asked to throw much, has really hurt Penn State on the ground. So far, he’s rushed for 68 yards and scored twice.
Carlos Hyde has also had his way with the Penn State defense, rushing for 130 yards and scoring twice.
For as bad as it’s been for the Nittany Lions on defense, it hasn’t been much better on the offensive side of the ball. Penn State marched down the field on its first possession, before quarterback Christian Hackenberg caused the drive to stall by throwing an interception in the end zone.
Penn State has been completely dominated so far on both sides of the ball. The Buckeyes have already put up 414 yards of total offense. The Nittany Lions have been able to manage only 158 yards of total offense.
Hackenberg has looked out of sorts tonight, missing open receivers and tossing two first-half interceptions. He finished the half with 95 yards and a touchdown. Bill Belton is Penn State’s leading rusher so far with 78 yards.
Wide receiver Brandon Felder got the Lions on the board late in the second quarter with his third touchdown reception of the season.
This game is already out of hand and if things don’t change, the Nittany Lions will be in for a very long second half.
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