COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State was looking for a lopsided win to impress the voters and boost its BCS numbers. The Buckeyes made Penn State pay the price.
Braxton Miller passed for three touchdowns and ran for two and Carlos Hyde rushed for 147 yards and two more scores to lead the fourth-ranked Buckeyes to a 63-14 victory over Penn State on Saturday night.
”We’ve got to keep our foot to the pedal,” said Miller, who completed 18 of 24 passes for a career-best 252 yards before leaving in the third quarter.
It was the most points surrendered by Penn State (4-3, 1-2 Big Ten) and its worst beating in 114 years.
”It’s the worst game I’ve experienced,” said Nittany Lions outside linebacker Mike Hull.
Meyer said trying to rout an opponent was not what his team set out to do.
”It helps,” coach Urban Meyer said of needing to win big to get the attention of those voting in the coaches’ and Harris polls that are part of the BCS standings formula. ”That was not certainly our mindset. Our mindset was to find a way to win this game against a very talented team that we have a lot of respect for that had a lot of momentum coming into this game. … Things usually work out. I’d be disappointed if that was our guys’ focus. That’s not our focus.”
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