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Preview: Ohio State vs. Penn State


Who: Penn State (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten) at No. 4 Ohio State (7-0, 3-0)

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Ohio Stadium

TV\Radio: ABC\1410

Series notes: The Buckeyes have a 14-13 edge in the all-time series with Penn State. Michigan is the lone Big Ten team with a winning record against OSU at 44-58-6.

Among the other conference teams, Illinois is 64-30-4, Indiana 68-12-5, Iowa 46-14-3, Michigan State 28-13, Minnesota 42-7, Nebraska 3-1, Northwestern 60-14-1, Purdue 39-13-2 and Wisconsin 55-17-5.

Stat pack: OSU QB Braxton Miller 71-of-102 passing (69.6 percent), 831 yards, 8 TDs, 2 ints.; 335 rushing yards, 4.5 avg.; RB Carlos Hyde 443 yards, 6.2 avg., 5 TDs; WR Corey Brown 33 catches, 453 yards, 6 TDs.

PSU QB Christian Hackenberg 132-of-226 passing (58.4 percent), 1,672 yards, 11 TDs, 6 ints.; RB Zach Zwinak 393 yards, 4.3 avg., 8 TDs; RB Bill Belton 369 yards, 5.3 avg., 3 TDs; WR Allen Robinson 43 catches, 705 yards, 5 TDs.

Record for Braxton: Miller broke a tie with Joe Germaine for the most games at OSU with 300 yards of total offense when he had 324 against Iowa last week, giving him seven for his career.

Recognition: Former OSU All-American Orlando Pace and Ohio State’s 1968 national title team will be honored at today’s game. Pace will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame this year.

Still going: The Buckeyes have won 19 straight games, tied for the second-longest streak in school history. The record is 22 from 1967-69.

Coach Urban Meyer has a personal 20-game winning streak and is the only coach in college football history to reach that mark three times. His best is 22 straight at Florida from 2008-09. His .842 career winning percentage is first among active Division I coaches with at least 10 years.

Quote: Asked if he thinks the Buckeyes’ defense can get where he wants it to be, Meyer said: “Yes. I think in rush defense, absolutely we are. We tightened up in the second half (against Iowa last week). Pass defense is the concern. But the answer to your question is yes. We have good enough players and we have good enough coaches. We just have to play better.”

Prediction: Ohio State 41, Penn State 10

—Doug Harris, staff writer


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