You'd be hard pressed to accuse the Ohio State football team of sleepwalking against Big Ten Leaders division rivals Penn State Saturday night, but the Buckeyes were so dominant that they almost made it look effortless. Aside from a few minor miscues defensively, the Bucks never took their foot off the pedal as they cruised to an impressive 63-14 victory.
With national critics calling for Ohio State style points for the better part of the last month, Urban Meyer and company delivered with an emphatic performance that saw them leading 28-0 just midway through the second quarter. Buckeyes QB Braxton Miller had 149 all purpose offensive yards roughly around the same juncture and Carlos Hyde had 130 yards and two touchdowns in the first half alone.
Next up for the Buckeyes is the indian graveyard that is West Lafayette, but on the upside, they seem to be peaking at the right time. Purdue, meanwhile, is struggling mightily in former Ohio State assistant Darrell Hazell's first year at the helm. But before we get to Ohio State-Purdue, let's take a look back at some of the biggest games from Saturday night's Penn State contest.
Devin Smith's big catch (on extremely poor Penn State coverage) set up the short scamper in by Ohio State's still hot tailback. Urban Meyer and the coaching staff have to like another hot start.
Ohio State starter-by-necessitate Corey "Pittsburgh" Brown with a huge pick on the freshman Penn State quarterback, Christian Hackenberg. Unfortunately, he forget the whole run it back to the other end zone for six part of the equation.
Marcus Hall, the upperclassman Ohio State offensive guard, blocks for his quarterback – and with authority. The opposing Penn State defender never knew what was coming until it was too late.
Braxton Miller, even at just 90-95%, is an unbelievable athlete. Penn State will have to figure out an answer (and in a hurry) if they want to keep this one competitive.
In spite of all his accolades and extremely high ceiling (SB Nation Recruiting's Bud Elliott called him the best quarterback in the entire 2013 class), Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg is very much a freshman in many ways. Ohio State safety C.J. Barnett is the latest beneficiary.
OSU's Braxton Miller equaled his 2012 effort against Penn State with his second rushing touchdown of Saturday's game. Sure, this one wasn't as fancy as his famous teleportation TD of '12, but this one was still something.
For the second time this season, an Ohio State ball carrier took out a referee (accidentally, of course). Hopefully these guys are getting hazard pay.
Braxton Miller already had two rushing touchdowns, so why not one through the air as well? The Ohio State junior finds senior wide receiver Chris Fields for an easy 6 – and this one is getting out of hand fast.
While Carlos Hyde's run here is particularly impressive, the real magic was in the way the offensive line created the opportunity for him. What a dramatic departure going from Jim Bollman to Ed Warinner.
When Ohio State landed the commitment of DeSoto, TX product Dontre Wilson (a long time Oregon commit and a would be natural in Chip Kelly's offense had he not departed for the greener shores of the NFL), Buckeye backers knew the ceiling was high for the all purpose back. Though this kickoff return but setup an eventual offensive touchdown, the future is awfully bright for the electric young running back.
The junior quarterback was just trying to put his team in position to take one more shot (or get better field position for an end of half field goal), but instead he delivered this laser to senior wide receiver Corey "Philly" Brown. Those clamoring for Kenny Guiton might just get their wish – but not for the reasons they might've thought they wanted him.
The Ohio State quarterback celebrates a last second first half touchdown which expanded the lead to 42-7. Miller is 15-18 for 204 yards, 2 passing TDs, and another two on the ground. Michigan this isn't, Penn State.
Two Ohio State grad assistants are shown working their tails off relaying plays (perhaps one a decoy, one the actual) to Braxton Miller and the Ohio State offense. Of course, from our vantage, it's just as easy to make fun of the silly motions necessary to convey info like this successful.
Dontre Wilson, the electric 4-star all purpose back from DeSoto, Texas with a sweet offensive touchdown for the Bucks, his first Big Ten score. With wheels like those, it certainly won't be the last.
Ohio State's prodigal son returns to quarterback – in a totally slick formation with both the backup quarterback, Kenny Guiton, and the starter Braxton Miller on the field at the same time. Miller was alas but a decoy. Guiton gets the easy score.
Ohio State backup quarterback Kenny Guiton is heralded for his leadership. Besides coming in for the Buckeyes at inopportune moments and leading the team to great moments on the field, he's been praised by just about everyone for his leadership off it as well. The sidelines are no different, as it appears Guiton is that guy who has special handshakes with just about everyone on the team.
Ohio State backup quarterback Kenny Guiton is making the most of getting additional burn in a game that's well out of hand. After another effective drive (this one mostly made up of backups), the backup himself found the end zone once against.