Ohio State is doing what they can to make a bit of a statement to the nation at the expense of Penn State. The Buckeyes took a 28-0 lead in the first half and lead the Nittany Lions 42-7 at the half.
Ohio State has been able to do just about anything they have wanted against Penn State in the first half. Braxton Miller has passed for 150 yards with just two incompletions and a touchdown and the Ohio State quarterback also has 56 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. Running back Carlos Hyde leads all players with 112 yards and two touchdowns. Meanwhile, the defense has intercepted two passes from Penn State’s freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg, including one in the end zone on Penn State’s first possession of the game.
Penn State did finally get on the scoreboard late in the second quarter but Ohio State stormed right back with a big kickoff return and a 39-yard touchdown run by Hyde.
Ohio State has out-gained Penn State by over 200 yards in the first half (414-163) and Ohio State should be well on their way to a win to keep their winning streak alive.
don’t expect Ohio State to pile on too much on Penn State, but don’t expect the Buckeyes to shy away from some big plays in the third quarter. It is clear Ohio State has every advantage in this match-up and the Buckeyes need to put together an impressive victory to make a dent in the BCS standings compared to Oregon and Florida State (and Missouri). But this game looks like Ohio State has done more than enough to score the victory this week so getting key players rest at some point could also become a factor at some point.