October 27, 2012 at 8:04 PM
In a quarter of big plays, Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller made the biggest one, scoring on a shifty 1-yard run to give his team the lead. Through three quarters at Beaver Stadium, the Buckeyes lead, 28-10.
Penn State's defense appeared to have Miller bottled up in the backfield on third-and-one from the 1-yard line, but the sophomore signal-caller juked his way through the gaps for the score, which put Ohio State up, 21-10. The swing from a key stop to a deflating touchdown conceded proved to be a decisive moment in the quarter for the Penn State defense.
Ohio State opened the half up with a huge interception of Matt McGloin by linebacker Ryan Shazier. He returned the pick 17 yards for the go-ahead touchdown, the first big momentum shift toward the Buckeyes.
On the ensuing Penn State drive, McGloin came back strong, finding wide receiver Brandon Moseby-Felder for 42 yards to the Ohio State 4-yard line. A holding penalty stalled the Lions efforts to get into the end zone, but kicker Sam Ficken salvaged three points with a 26-yard field goal to make the score 14-10.
Miller's touchdown put the Buckeyes firmly back in command, though, and another touchdown on the ground with 40 seconds left in the quarter put the Buckeyes up by three scores. the The Lions now have 15 minutes to make up the difference if they hope to remain unbeaten in Big Ten play.