There were obviously more lows than highs for Penn State on Saturday, as the Nittany Lions came out on the short end of a 35-23 tilt with visiting Ohio State.
GAME BALL (OFFENSE) - Braxton Miller - Ohio State
Much of the talk this week surrounded Miller's health and whether or not he would be ready to play against the Nittany Lions. After the slow start, he responded with authority, gashing the Nittany Lions for 134 yards and two scores on the ground. While his passing stats weren't sparkling (7 of 19 for 143 yards with a score and a pick), he put the Nittany Lions away with a 72-yard touchdown toss to Jake Stoneburner in the fourth quarter.
GAME BALL (DEFENSE) - Ryan Shazier - Ohio State
When Ohio State needed a big play on defense, it was Shazier that came calling for the Buckeyes. The sophomore standout finished the game with just seven tackles, but he got to Matt McGloin twice, forced a fumble and took an interception to the house for a huge score.
GAME BALL (SPECIAL TEAMS) - Mike Hull - Penn State
Penn State's fourth linebacker made another big play on special teams, blocking a Ben Buchanan punt in the second quarter for the first points of the game. Hull also added a sack and three tackles in the loss.
PLAY OF THE GAME - Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller made a sensational play on the Buckeyes' third score of the game in the third quarter, putting the Buckeyes up 21-10. Out of the shotgun, Miller kept the ball as Penn State defensive end Sean Stanley blew up running back Carlos Hyde, then looked right and avoided a Penn State tackler before diving into the end zone to put the Buckeyes up two scores. It was a dagger for a defense that was on the field way too much in the third quarter.
BEST PASS - Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller closed out the Nittany Lions by hitting tight end Jake Stoneburner in stride down the seam in the fourth quarter. Stoneburner outraced a badly beaten Jake Fagnano for a 72-yard touchdown.
WORST PASS - Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin wasn't even close as he tried to go down the middle to Alex Kenney on a third down on the Lions' first drive of the second half. All he found was Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier, who was able to walk in from 17 yards out to give the Buckeyes a 14-7 lead.
BEST RUN - Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller finally got going with a 33-yard run late in the second quarter that took the ball down to the Penn State 6 and set up a touchdown three plays later.
WORST RUN It could be listed as 'Worst Snap,' but Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde barely corralled the ball and took off to his right, where he had nowhere to run. He was tracked down by Penn State linebacker Gerald Hodges for a 10-yard loss on the play. The play was scored as a sack.
BEST CATCH - Penn State wideout Allen Robinson has had a spectacular year, but has struggled making tough catches down the field this season. That wasn't the case as he hauled in a Matt McGloin offering for a 37-yard gain in the second quarter.
WORST DROP - Penn State safety Stephen Obeng-Agyapong would have had walked in for six had he held on to a Braxton Miller offering in the first quarter, but the junior couldn't come up with the handle and gave the Buckeyes another chance.
BEST BLOCK - Penn State was able to pin Ohio State deep in their own zone in the second quarter, and on a fourth down punt linebacker Mike Hull came up the middle and stuffed a Ben Buchanan attempt. The ball caromed into the end zone and senior linebacker Michael Yancich hopped on it for his first career touchdown.
BEST KICK - Penn State's Alex Butterworth put forth one of his better efforts with a first quarter punt that bounced sideways and went out of bounds at the Ohio State 3-yard line.
WORST KICK - Penn State punter Alex Butterworth continued his struggles with the rugby-style kick on his first attempt of the game, as he shanked a 24-yard effort that gave the Buckeyes the ball at their own 43.
BEST TACKLE - Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller had no available option as he went to the left on a carry in the second quarter but was sandwiched by Nittany Lions Glenn Carson and C.J. Olaniyan for no gain.
WORST TACKLE - Penn State linebacker Glenn Carson opted for the pitchman on a third down carry in the third quarter by Braxton Miller, and the Buckeye quarterback scooted right by him for a gain of 14 and a first down.
BEST SACK - Credit Sean Stanley and Pete Massaro's sack on the final play of the first quarter to the secondary, as Braxton Miller couldn't find anyone down the field before being dropped for a 6-yard loss.
BEST CALL - Not only was Braxton Miller able to play against the Nittany Lions, but the Buckeyes' coaching staff turned him loose a runner. When the wheels got going, Miller was able to slice through a gassed Penn State defense.
WORST CALL - With the Penn State defense in control in the second quarter, the Buckeyes caught a break when Brad Bars was flagged for a phantom holding call on an Ohio State punt. The flag came before the kick, which gave the Buckeyes a fresh set of downs and ultimately seven points before halftime.
HEADS UP AWARD - Penn State senior linebacker Mike Yancich picked up his first career touchdown after diving on a blocked punt in the Buckeyes' own end zone in the second quarter.
MOST TELLING STATISTIC - 36
Penn State hasn't been a great running team this season, but they've been able to get the job done up to this point. On Saturday, however, the Nittany Lions were held to a season-low 36 carries on 28 attempts. The numbers are a bit skewed because of 37 yards lost thanks to sacks, but still Penn State could not get anything going on the ground against a defense whose strength is stopping the run. The Buckeyes had a little more luck, carrying 53 times for 234 yards.