Final Penn State - 17 #1 Ohio State - 12 George R. R. Martin couldn't compose a better plot line than the one which unfolded tonight in Columbus, Ohio. The National Title hopes and dreams of Buckeye Nation have been all but shattered, and the momentum of a storied rivalry has shifted. The Nittany Lions, who were a modest 4-2 heading into the contest, were underdogs by a huge margin. Unranked, inexperienced, and perhaps overlooked, Penn State played out of their minds to shut down what is widely considered the best team in the land. In front of over 107,000 hostile fans, Christian Hackenberg authored an unforgettable performance. Although he only compiled 89 passing yards on 11 completions, he did it while displaying the game management skills that NFL coaches are salivating over. With just two incompletions, the Junior orchestrated three scoring drives, including a 17 play, 96 yard drive in the fourth that effectively insured victory. The drive begun after what was possibly the most critical turning point in the game. Late in the 3rd quarter, the Buckeyes were driving and looking to reclaim the lead after falling behind into a 10-6 deficit. After fighting all the way to the opposing 4 yard line, Ezekiel Elliot was smothered on 4th and inches and the ball changed hands. Sensing a chance to control and eat the clock, the Penn State offense marched down the field, converting on several third downs and relying on the red hot Akeel Lynch. But perhaps the most impressive third down play during the drive was a one handed grab by Daesean Hamilton, who maneuvered around a Buckeye defender to reel in Hackenberg's rope through the window. The play set up a first and goal, which was promptly followed by a Lynch punch in. Rushing for nearly 150 yards on 24 carries, the junior tailback scored both Penn State touchdowns while exhibiting a shiftiness and field vision which hypnotized the Scarlet & Grey defense. Ohio State scored only one touchdown, a bomb on 2nd down delivered from the strong arm of Cardale Jones late in the fourth. The touchdown reduced the deficit to 5, but a dropped pass in the end zone during the ensuing 2 point conversion prevented the game from having just a field goal difference. The Heisman hopeful Elliot was once again a workhorse, but was held in check by a stingy Penn State defense. Nyeem Wartman-White and Jordan Lucas, two of the conferences best defensive players, had their targeting systems in synch, and the star-studded Buckeyes struggled to find any open space all game long. Game Notes: Braxton Miller suffered a concussion in the first half and missed the rest of the game. He was a bright spot on the Buckeye attack, and his loss was a definite factor as the 2nd half played out. Christian Hackenberg had a 26 yard scramble on 3rd and 19 in which he broke several tackles during Penn States first touchdown drive. Penn State converted one fourth down conversion during a fourth and inches, a Hackenberg QB sneak up the middle late in the game. Their were no turnovers for either team. The loss was Ohio States first of the season, and broke a 20 game win streak dating back to last season.