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  Penn State vs. Ohio State   October 27, 2008
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Notes from the Cuff

Indicative of the Nittany Lions’ execution Saturday was the fact that they had no turnovers and, for the first time in the Big Ten era, they had no penalties in a game. They held Ohio State to its fewest points at home since the Buckeyes suffered a 6-0 loss to Wisconsin in 1982. Ohio State had won 12 of its last 13 conference home games. The series record is now 12-12. … The Buckeyes became the first team to hold the Lions below 20 points this season, and for the first time this fall, Penn State did not score a touchdown in the first half and trailed after three quarters … Penn State has held five of nine opponents to 10 or fewer points this year and is now 17-7 at night on the road … The Lions have scored on 44 of 47 trips into the Red Zone with 33 TDs and 11 field goals. Kevin Kelly booted a field goal in his 29th consecutive game and has now tied Ohio State alum Mike Nugent for the Big Ten record with 72 in his career … Mark Rubin, a fifth-year player and an Academic All-America candidate, was one of the few bright spots on the Lion offense as a wide receiver in 2004. He missed the conference championship season of 2005 because of an ankle injury that required surgery, then was moved to safety in spring practice of 2006. In the middle of the fall, he was moved back to wideout, then last year moved back to defense and started the last five contests at safety. He has started every game at strong safety this fall. As a high schooler in western New York, he beat future Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps in a few swimming races … Terrelle Pryor said after the game that he thought he had an opportunity to go all the way on the play that Rubin hit him and caused the fumble. “It was the worst feeling in my life,” said the 6-6, 235-pounder who led his high school teams to state championships in both football and basketball … Lydell Sargeant, whose interception ended the game, said it was a “once in a lifetime experience.” He credited senior leadership on the team for Penn State’s success … Brett Brackett, Anthony Scirrotto and now Daryll Clark have all suffered concussions in the last three weeks … Saturday marked the fourth straight year that the ESPN GameDay crew broadcast from the Penn State–Ohio State game … The noise was deafening in the Horseshoe, as the Lions got a taste of what it is like for visiting teams in Beaver Stadium.

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