This road trip to Columbus will be one the Penn State Nittany Lions will surely want to forget. Ohio State took the opening kickoff and marched 75 yards in just over two minutes to put a quick score on the board. Unfortunately for the Nittany Lions, things didn’t get any better from there.
The Buckeyes were in complete control from the start and never looked back.
Ohio State racked up an amazing 414 total yards in the first half, which resulted in 42 points before halftime. For the game, the Buckeyes racked up a total of 686 yards.
Braxton Miller scored four total touchdowns before the first half was over. He finished the game with 252 passing yards, 68 on the ground and five total touchdowns before being pulled in the third quarter for backup Kenny Guiton, who added two touchdowns of his own.
Running back Carlos Hyde also had a monster game, rushing for 147 yards and two touchdowns. His backup, Jordan Hall, added 81 yards on eight carries.
Penn State never got going in this one. The opening drive looked promising, until Christian Hackenberg threw an interception in the end zone that ended any scoring chance. Hackenberg ended up with just 112 passing yards and threw two picks. He did throw one touchdown, a 12-yard pass to Brandon Felder.
Hackenberg finished the game on the bench and appeared to have his shoulder wrapped up.
Bill Belton led the Nittany Lions in rushing, finishing with 98 yards on 22 carries. Allen Robinson led all receivers in the game with 12 receptions for 173 yards.
The Nittany Lions had not been beaten this bad since losing 64-5 on November 25, 1899 to the Duquesne Athletic Club.
This loss will leave a bitter taste in the mouth of the Penn State players, coaches and fans. The Nittany Lions are back in action next Saturday when the Illinois Fighting Illini come to Beaver Stadium for a 12:00 pm kickoff.
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