Ohio State scored touchdowns on six of its seven first half possessions Saturday night, to blow out an overmatched Penn State team 63-14, in front of 105,889 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes have taken some flack this year for not looking like Alabama, Oregon or Florida State, all despite having not lost a game since the 2011 season. But after Braxton Miller ran for two scores and passed for three more in less than three quarters of work, Ohio State may have at least worked their way back into the national title conversation.
This was the Urban Meyer offense that Ohio State fans have been waiting to see...clicking on all cylinders with a healthy Miller and a dominant offensive line. The Buckeyes ran the ball at will, with Carlos Hyde punishing Nittany Lion defenders on the rare occasions they got in his way at all. Hyde had 130 yards on 13 carries, with two touchdowns...all by halftime, and finished with 149 yards and a 9.2 per carry average.
Miller had perhaps the most complete game of his career, throwing for a career high 252 yards on 18 of 24 passing, with three touchdowns and no interceptions, and added 68 rushing yards, including touchdown runs of 39 and 6 yards. He gave way to backup Kenny Guiton with the score 49-7 in the 3rd quarter, and watched Guiton add two rushing touchdowns of his own in mop up duty.