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Penn State beats Ohio State 20-14

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Stephfon Green ran for two touchdowns and the Nittany Lions held Ohio State scoreless in the second half as Penn State clinched a share of Big Ten Leader's Division title.

Defense was the name of the game for the Nittany Lions as they collected their first win without head coach Joe Paterno since 1965. This victory clinched a division co-champion title for Penn State, leaving their record at 9-2 overall. With every scoring drive coming for both the Lions and the Buckeyes in the first half, the ability of the Lions' defense to keep the Buckeyes out of the end zone in the second half was the deciding factor.

This day was decided by costly turnovers and goal line stands, as Ohio State held the Lions out of the end zone in the third quarter after giving them the ball on the 11-yard line. A handoff between Ohio State’s Jordan Hall and Dan Herron was dropped, and Penn State’s Jordan Hill fell on the ball to give the Lions a great scoring opportunity, but the Buckeye’s defense overpowered the Lions front line, stopping them on four consecutive running plays, including stuffing Silas Redd on an attempt to vault the goal line on fourth down.

The Lions scoring did seem to come easily early, as they capped a 5-play, 80 yard drive with a 39-yard run from Stephon Green to put the Lions up 7-0 with 13 minutes still to play in the first quarter.

The Buckeyes bounced back with a 24 yard scramble from quarterback Braxton Miller, but not before the Lions had put another field goal on the board, bring the score to 10-7. The Lions second touchdown of the day also came on the legs of Green, as he found pay dirt with a four-yard bullrush with nine minutes left in the second quarter. Another Anthony Fera field goal ended the scoring for Penn State.

Through the Air
Most of today’s scoring was through the ground game, as Penn State's Matt McGloin only completed 10 of 18 attempts, throwing for 88 yards with one interception. Ohio State’s Braxton Miller was 7 for 17 with 83 yards through the air and one running touchdown.

On the Ground
Penn States combination of Stephon Green and Silas Redd came up huge in today’s game, collecting 156 yards on 24 carries. Green scored all the touchdowns for Penn State today and personally had 93 yards on 16 carries. Ohio State’s better runner was their quarterback, Braxton Miller, who had 105 yards on the ground, but Dan Herron also contributed 76 yards to the Buckeye’s ground attack.

Penn States defense was on point in this one, especially in the second half, as they held the Buckeye offense to 289 total yards and forced two costly fumbles. The Buckeye’s defense faltered early, allowing two scoring drives in the first half for the Lions, but overall held Penn State to 327 total yards and had one interception in the game.

Special Teams
Penn State's Anthony Fera contributed two crucial field goals, one from 46 yards out, to give the Lions the leg up over the Buckeyes.

Game Ball
Saturday’s game ball goes to Penn State running back Stephon Green, who averaged 5.8 yards per carry and put in an outstanding effort in the first half, scoring Penn State's only touchdowns of the game.

Next Up
The Lions will travel to Wisconsin next Saturday in a match-up that will decide the Big 10 Legends champion. The game starts at 3:30 pm eastern time.

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