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Ohio State women upset No. 11 Penn State 99-82 (The Associated Press)

View gallery Penn State forward Ariel Edwards, right, tries to tie up Ohio State center Darryce Moore in the firs … View gallery Penn State forward Ariel Edwards (23) shoots over Ohio State center Darryce Moore in the first half  … View gallery Ohio State guard Ameryst Alston, left, drives on Penn …

Lucas scores 23, No. 9 Penn St women roll Ohio St (The Associated Press)

View gallery Ohio State’s Amy Scullion (25) tries to slow down Penn State’s Ariel Edwards (23) during the … COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Maggie Lucas had 23 points, including 12 during a 21-3 run, to lead No. 9 Penn State past Ohio State 74-54 on Sunday.Dara Taylor and Talia East each added 12 points for the Nittany Lions (18-5, 9-2 Big…

No. 16 Penn St. tops Ohio St. 66-42 (The Associated Press)

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Maggie Lucas scored 18 points to lead Penn State in a 66-42 Big-Ten victory over Ohio State on Thursday night.Lucas finished with five rebounds and five assists. Ariel Edwards was the only other Lady Lion to score in double figures, and finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds.Penn State (12-4, 3-1) shot just 25 of 72 from the …

Buckeyes hire Penn State’s Johnson to coach D-line

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Larry Johnson, who spent the past 18 years as an assistant at Penn State, is joining Ohio State’s staff as an assistant head coach and defensive line coach.Johnson was Penn State’s interim coach before James Franklin was hired for the top job on Saturday. Johnson replaces three-year Buckeyes assistant Mike Vrabel, who left his alma mater to work for former Nittany Lions coach Bill O’Brien with the Houston Texans.Seven of Johnson’s Penn State defensive linemen were first-round NFL draft picks.Ohio State still must replace co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Everett Withers, who took the head coaching job at James Madison.Sports & RecreationAmerican FootballPenn StateLarry Johnsondefensive line coach

Meyer attracts blue-chip coaches, too

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Turns out Urban Meyer can land blue-chip coaching prospects, too. Larry Johnson has a long history of developing defensive linemen and will get a crop of talented players to work with at Ohio State.

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Penn State must be cramming a century’s worth of silly seasons into one. Welcome to the party. The search for a coach at Penn State is overshadowing another important vacancy at the school, one that will have an impact that’s more than just on the football field.

An evening flight back to town for Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner drew a crowd, but it didn’t bring a resolution just yet for filling the void left by Bill O’Brien’s departure.

Michigan started a busy day of its own on the coaching front by firing offensive coordinator Al Borges after the Wolverines finished No. 47 in scoring last season.

Brady Hoke capped the day by snatching away Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier just a few hours later to quickly move on from Borges.

Vonn Bell was given the chance to show his stuff in a meaningful game at the Discover Orange Bowl, and it confirmed how bright the Ohio State safety’s future is with the program.

The possible hiring of Bobby Petrino at Louisville is another bullet dodged if Michigan State is going to hang on to defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, who was once again a prime candidate for an attractive job.

The fake Bo Pelini speaks.

The projections of his draft stock aren’t all that high, but Indiana receiver Cody Latimer felt he was ready for the next level and isn’t looking back on his decision.

Maryland lost its second assistant since the regular season ended to a head-coaching job after wide receivers coach and ace recruiter Lee Hull left for Morgan State. The Terrapins currently have three vacancies on the staff as they prepare for their first season in the Big Ten.

Purdue will have a minor behind-the-scenes shakeup after assistant recruiting coordinator Kevin Maurice, credited by coach Darrell Hazell for his work in the transition a year ago, left for a job at North Dakota.

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Where did all the football go? Urban Meyer senses an improved mood for Ohio State as it turns the page to the Discover Orange Bowl, and Clemson coach Dabo Swinney had high praise for his upcoming opponent.

With another season in the books, the conversation at Penn State will shift to Bill O’Brien’s future with the program, as likely suitors again line up for his services.

Taylor Lewan has no regrets about returning to Michigan for another season, and he doesn’t believe his draft stock has changed since last year.

Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi spurned an offer to take over at UConn, and now his full attention is on getting the Spartans ready for a bowl game.

Early in the season, Nebraska was desperately searching for a field general on defense. It appears to have found one in middle linebacker Michael Rose.

After getting benched late in a loss to Penn State to end the regular season, Wisconsin tackle Tyler Marz is looking for redemption.

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said Rutgers’ transition into the league is going smoothly at every level.

Controversy won’t be going away when college football shifts to a playoff, with Tom Osborne joking that the selection committee will succeed if it doesn’t “get lynched.”

Cody Webster is rubbing elbows with the nation’s best football players, and the Purdue punter is thinking about asking to snap a picture with Johnny Manziel.

Silver Football candidate Braxton Miller had everything change for him when he was almost sent to the bench in October. Now he’s on the brink of a historic accomplishment.

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Nothing big happening in college football today, is there? Brady Hoke responds to critical comments about his program and left tackle Taylor Lewan.

Off the radar as a recruit, Darqueze Dennard has turned himself into one of the most productive defensive players in the country at Michigan State.

Minnesota may have some options it feels good about at wide receiver, but it would certainly prefer to have Derrick Engel (recovering from ankle injury) available when it takes on Penn State.

There have been ups and downs for Nebraska linebacker Josh Banderas, but it looks like he’s on the rise heading into a crucial game for the Blackshirts at Michigan.

Ohio State’s BCS future could become more clear on Thursday night, and Urban Meyer and his players will tune in to watch.

The tattoo on the right arm of Penn State defensive lineman Anthony Zettel set the tone for a player whose toughness is easy to see on the football field.

Not everybody appears to be a fan of Northwestern’s special uniforms for next week’s game with Michigan.

Conor Boffeli remembers the feeling of nervousness all too well before his first start on the Iowa offensive line. Experience is definitely helping him sleep better.

Illinois might like to run the football better, but it actually doesn’t appear to be a priority for offensive coordinator Bill Cubit.

The jury is still out on Purdue’s new-look defense.

Covers Ohio State and the Big Ten.Joined ESPN in 2012.Attended the University of Wyoming. Tags:Purdue Boilermakers, Minnesota Golden Gophers, Penn State Nittany Lions, Michigan State Spartans, Northwestern Wildcats, Illinois Fighting Illini, Ohio State Buckeyes, Michigan Wolverines, Iowa Hawkeyes, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Brady Hoke, Urban Meyer, Conor Boffeli, Taylor Lewan, Darqueze Dennard, Anthony Zettel, Bill Cubit, Derrick Engel, Josh Banderas

Five things: Ohio State at Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Critical areas and key players as No. 4 Ohio State pays a visit to struggling Purdue on Saturday at noon at Ross-Ade Stadium as the Buckeyes try to stay in the thick of the BCS race. Boiling blood: There might not be a good explanation for why the Buckeyes have struggled recently against the Boilermakers, but they certainly know it’s true. Purdue has won twice in a row at home and took an Ohio State team that went undefeated a year ago to overtime in a game that required a miraculous drive from backup quarterback Kenny Guiton just to force an extra session, facts that haven’t escaped coach Urban Meyer or his veteran leaders. Even Meyer’s first signing class, a group that has never lost a game with the program, is aware of the danger of overlooking the Boilermakers thanks to that close call last season, and the Buckeyes have been on high alert all week to try to avoid something similar.

Passing fancy: A few Buckeyes had given Braxton Miller a hard time about not scoring a rushing touchdown entering the Penn State game last week, so he went out and produced two of them. But the offense has been operating just fine without the junior quarterback running wild, as he often did a year ago, and the Buckeyes have his arm to thank for their recent explosiveness. Miller is coming off two of the finest games of his career in the passing game, and the Buckeyes have plenty to show for it collectively with 97 points in victories over Iowa and Penn State. Miller added three touchdowns through the air against the Nittany Lions, bumping his completion percentage to 70.6 in the process and giving Ohio State yet another way to pick apart defenses.

+ EnlargeChuck Rydlewski/Icon SMIThe highlight of Bradley Roby’s season so far was probably his blocked punt against Northwestern.Roby restart: Initially there appeared to be some buyer’s remorse about his decision to return for another season with Ohio State, and Bradley Roby’s uneven play early in the season surely didn’t help him feel much better about holding off on the NFL for another year. But the redshirt junior tried to simply wipe his personal slate clean after hitting the midway point of the season with mixed results, and he bounced back against Penn State with perhaps his most consistent performance at cornerback. …

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Boo! Dual-threat quarterbacks have had some success against the Michigan State defense. So, might Michigan have an answer for the Spartans with Devin Gardner taking the snaps on Saturday?

The gigs haven’t all been glamorous for Pat Narduzzi, but all the experiences for the Michigan State defensive coordinator are building to the moment when he runs his own program.

Wisconsin running back James White has only been knocked out of one game in his career, and he’s got some unfinished business to handle this weekend at Iowa.

The Iowa defensive ends might not fit the traditional mold, but their approach is working just fine up front for a hard-nosed unit.

Nebraska is continuing to search for answers at linebacker, with the ability to bounce back being put to the test in the middle of the defense.

Northwestern has righted its ship before with a momentum-swinging road win against the Huskers, and it’s leaning on that memory from two years ago as it tries to stop its slide this weekend.

Penn State is trying to figure out exactly what has gone wrong on defense lately, and simplifying the approach is the first step in working to get it corrected.

Preparing for an offensive “juggernaut,” Jerry Kill wanted defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys to have more time to focus on Indiana than worrying about head-coaching responsibilities.

Illinois senior receiver Ryan Lankford’s career is over after undergoing surgery on his injured shoulder, but he’s still aiming to have an impact on the sideline for the final month of the regular season.

Bradley Roby wiped the slate clean after a rocky first half of the season, and the fresh start clearly paid off for the Ohio State cornerback last week in an outstanding effort against Penn State.

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