The Penn State Nittany Lions made the trip to Columbus with an upset on their mind as they attempted to put a major dent in the national title plans of the Ohio State Buckeyes. They knew they would have to play a near-perfect game to get the job done as the Buckeyes haven’t lost since 2011. With the first half in the book, it looks like Penn State’s best is no match for the high-powered offense the Buckeyes.
Ohio State scored the first 28 points of the game on their way to a commanding 42-7 lead at the break. Whether through the air or on the ground, everything was working for the Buckeyes. Braxton Miller was particularly sharp, completing 15 of 18 passes for 204 yards with two touchdowns through the air while adding 68 yards rushing and another pair of touchdowns on the ground. He was efficient and surgical in picking the Lions’ defense apart, capped off by a 25-yard touchdown pass to Philly Brown with three seconds left in the first half.
But Miller wasn’t alone in his domination. Running back Carlos Hyde carved Penn State up to the tune of 130 yards on 13 carries with two rushing touchdowns in the first half. He was averaging a first down every time he carried the ball, highlighted by a 39-yard run to the endzone in the second quarter. His great effort was a key piece to the Buckeyes’ jaw-dropping 210 yards rushing before halftime. Penn State came into the game giving up an average of just 117 yards per game.
Urban Meyer is a coach who knows how to make a statement. With the first batch of BCS rankings out this week and the Buckeyes sitting just out of the title game at No. 4, Meyer has his team making an example of the Nittany Lions through two quarters. How big of a message will the Buckeyes end up sending by the end of the night?