Postgame Notes From Ohio State vs. Penn State
Nov. 19, 2011
No. 21 Penn State (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) 20, Ohio State (6-5, 3-4 Big Ten) 14
Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Nov. 19, 2011
OHIO STATE POSTGAME NOTES
Ohio State's Senior Day captains were Mike Brewster, Dan Herron, Tyler Moeller and Andrew Sweat.
Twenty-four (24) Ohio State seniors were honored before the game.
Ohio State is 15-3 in November games since the start of the 2005 season and is 288-134-19 all-time in November.
The series between Ohio State and Penn State is now tied, 13-13.
Braxton Miller notched 188 total yards on 18 rushes for 105 yards and one touchdown, while throwing 7-of-17 for 83 yards and one touchdown. The 105 rushing yards matched his career high, first set Nov. 5 vs. Indiana.
Miller's 24-yard touchdown run was his sixth touchdown of the season, which is tied for first on the team with sophomore running back Carlos Hyde.
Miller's six touchdown runs have all come in the last four games and he now has had a touchdown run in four-consecutive games.
Senior wide receiver DeVier Posey led the Buckeyes with four receptions for 66 yards.
Jake Stoneburner posted his team-high seventh touchdown reception of the season. Stoneburner's last three receptions have all been touchdowns (Nebraska - 10/8/11; Illinois - 10/15/11; and Penn State 11/19/11).
Posey's 39-yard reception in the first quarter was the Buckeyes' second-longest pass completion this season.
The Buckeyes were 7-of-13 on third down conversions vs. the Nittany Lions.
Ryan Shazier led the team with a career-high 15 tackles vs. Penn State, moving his season total to 39. His previous best was seven at Purdue Nov. 12. The 15 tackles by Shazier were a team season high.
Storm Klein notched a career-high nine tackles vs. the Nittany Lions. His previous best was six at Miami Sept. 17.
Christian Bryant posted six tackles and now has had seven games with at least five takedowns in 2011, with at least six in each of the last four outings.
Nineteen players recorded tackles against the Blue and White.
Orhian Johnson claimed his third interception of the season and fourth of his career against the Nittany Lions in the second quarter. The interception marked the second-consecutive game the OSU defensive back has picked off an attempted pass.
Ohio State held Penn State to 1-of-6 on third down conversions in the second half.
The Buckeye defense claimed a goal-line stand with 3:16 remaining in the third quarter after holding the PSU offense to three-consecutive no-gain plays on the OSU one-yard line.
PENN STATE POSTGAME NOTES
Penn State is 4-0 on the road this season and has a 14-4 regular season record away from Beaver Stadium the past four seasons. Penn State is 12-3 in Big Ten road games since the start of the 2008 season.
Penn State is 7-1 in games decided by 10 points or fewer this season and 5-1 in games decided by seven points or less.
All seven of Penn State's Big Ten games have been decided by 10 points or less. In the 116-year history of the Big Ten, the Nittany Lions were the first team to win five-consecutive conference games by 10 points or less.
Penn State has held nine opponents to 18 points or less this season. Penn State came in to the game No. 3 nationally in scoring defense at 12.9 ppg.
Penn State's 20 points were the most it has scored in Ohio Stadium since 1964 (27), a stretch of 11 games.
Penn State's defense has allowed 23 points in the third quarter this season, an average of 2.1 points per game.
Penn State scored points on its first three possessions (TD, FG, TD) for the first time this season.
Penn State has forced multiple turnovers in 8 of 11 games this season (25).
Silas Redd's 42-yard run in the second quarter tied for Penn State's longest rush of the season. Redd also had a 42-yarder vs. Northwestern.
Penn State's first two touchdowns drives were 80-plus yards in distance (80, 81) and each took 2:33 or less (2:20, 2:33).
Stephfon Green's 39-yard scoring rush on Penn State's opening drive was his longest carry of the year and the team's third longest of the season.
Stephfon Green scored two rushing touchdowns in a game for the third time in his career. He has scored a combined four touchdowns in the last two games, totaling two in two straight games.
Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Curtis Drake's 38-yard rush in the second quarter was a career long.
Jack Crawford set a career single game high with two sacks. He now has 5.5 for the season.
Jordan Hill recorded his team-high third fumble recovery of the season.
Nick Sukay made his second fumble recovery of the season.
Anthony Fera's 46-yard field goal late in the second quarter, which gave Penn State a 10-0 lead, was a career long. He also had a 43-yarder in the first quarter, which was then a career high.
Freshman wide receiver Bill Belton had his first career rush in the first quarter, gaining two yards from the Wildcat formation. He finished the day with four carries for 15 yards.
Penn State will play No. 17 Wisconsin (8-2, 5-1) in the regular season finale next Saturday in Madison with the Leaders Division title and a berth in the inaugural Big Ten Championship game at stake.