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Buckeyes hand Lions historic loss

Penn State lost in Ohio Stadium for just the second time in its last four meetings Saturday.

Miller (left) torched the Lions with his arm and his feet.

But this loss was like none other the Nittany Lions had suffered in the last two centuries.

No. 4 Ohio State rolled over the visitors, racking up 686 yards in a 63-14 win before 105,889, the fourth-largest crowd in the Horseshoe's history. Penn State (4-3, 1-2 Big Ten) had not allowed that many points in a game since a 64-5 defeat to the Duquesne Athletic Club in 1899 and has now surrendered at least 43 points in all three of its Big Ten games.

"I take full responsibility for this loss," said Penn State coach Bill O'Brien. "I'll talk about it on Tuesday. Let me watch the film and I'll tell you all about it -- I'll give you all the mostly bad and some good that we did. We didn't have them prepared good enough as a coaching staff, me as the head coach, and therefore we didn't play good enough."

Penn State's defense struggled at times to get a hand on Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde (147 yards and two touchdowns on just 16 carries) or quarterback Braxton Miller (68 yards and two touchdowns rushing, 252 yards and three scores through the air), as the Buckeyes (8-0, 4-0) totaled in an incredible 408 yards on the ground and presented the Lions with a dual threat they could not handle.

"You've got to have an extra linebacker outside in case he pulls it," Penn State linebacker Mike Hull said of Miller, "but you've also got to dig in and play the run inside if he gives it to Hyde."

The Nittany Lions' offense could get very little going, either. Freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg completed just 12 of 23 passes and threw two interceptions and sat out about the last quarter and a half of play with his right arm and shoulder wrapped in plastic. Tyler Ferguson played the remainder of the game, completing 7 of 11 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown.

O'Brien said Hackenberg's shoulder injury would be evaluated.

"He just didn't feel good about throwing," the coach said. "He wanted to keep going. I felt it was the best interest of the team at that point to go with Tyler Ferguson."

Penn State got another sensational game from wide receiver Allen Robinson, who had 12 catches for 173 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown, but most of those yards and catches came after Ohio State had the game well in hand. Running back Bill Belton, in his first start of the season, ran for 98 yards on 22 carries for Penn State, which hosts Illinois next week in a noon game in Beaver Stadium.

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