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Penn State Crushed in Columbus, 38-14

Just when it looked as if former walk-on Matt McGloin would lead his Lions to victory with his two first-half touchdowns, a dismal second-half performance spelled doom for Penn State in Ohio State’s Horseshoe Saturday evening.

The Buckeyes put up the first points on the day, but McGloin, aka The Scranton Snake, followed with touchdowns to Justin Brown and Derek Moye on back-to-back drives to give Penn State an early 14-3 lead.

The Nittany Lion’s were playing with swagger and confidence as they picked up first down after first down. But a failed 4th down conversion with 59 seconds left in the second quarter left the Penn State coaching staff wondering if they should have kicked the field goal.

As it played out, the missing three points would not have made any difference.

The Buckeyes came out in the second half with an 11-play, 96-yard drive for their first touchdown of the night. Then the Ohio State defense took two McGloin interceptions to the house for a total of 14 points (including PATs) with a 58-yard Pryor-to-Dane Sanzenbacher touchdown pass in between.

The mood on the sidelines and in the Horsehoe completely flip-flopped as the momentum obviously switched to Ohio State’s favor.

From then on it was all Ohio State as they ran the clock out and put the final points on the board with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Jake Stoneburner.

The Nittany Lions now sit with a 6-4 record and only two games remaining on the schedule.

They will be back in action Saturday in Washington, D.C. as they take on the Indiana Hoosiers.

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Tim Owen

I am originally from a very small town in northeastern Pennsyltucky, called Athens. Currently, I am enrolled in the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism and major in print journalism.

I have a passion for sports, and more specifically football. I enjoy hunting, cooking, food, and everything Penn State!

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