Nits reeling from rout at Ohio State
COLUMBUS, Ohio - After a historic defeat, there was little for Penn State to do but pick up the pieces.
Braxton Miller passed for three touchdowns and ran for two and Carlos Hyde rushed for 147 yards and two more scores to lead No. 4 Ohio State to a 63-14 victory over the Nittany Lions on Saturday night.
It was the most points surrendered by Penn State (4-3, 1-2 Big Ten) and its worst beating in 114 years.
"We didn't get the job done - not even close," Lions outside linebacker Mike Hull said. "It's the worst game I've experienced."
Running back Bill Belton could barely speak.
"Losing like that is tough," he said.
Nittany Lions freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg bobbled the second snap of the night and it never got much better. He ended up throwing two interceptions.
A crowd of 105,889 at Ohio Stadium roared from the outset - and had plenty of reasons.
Penn State hadn't given up so many points or been beaten so badly since losing 64-5 to the Duquesne Athletic Club on Nov. 25, 1899.
"I take full responsibility for this loss," Penn State coach Bill O'Brien said. "We didn't have them prepared good enough as a coaching staff, or me as a head coach. Therefore we didn't play good enough."
The victory by Ohio State (8-0, 4-0) stretched its nation's best winning streak to 20 in a row, two behind the school mark that included the 1968 national championship season. That team was recognized during the opening half as the Buckeyes streaked to a 42-7 lead.
Belton was one of the few bright spots for the Nittany Lions, gaining 98 yards on 22 carries. Hackenberg finished 12 of 23 for 112 yards passing with a touchdown and two interceptions. He carried four times for 21 yards in losses.