Columbus, Ohio--Michigan State crushed Indiana 55-3 today to clinch the Legends Division. That means the winner of Penn State/Wisconsin next week will face the Spartans in the Big Ten Championship game.
Following Penn State's touchdown, the Buckeyes take over on their own 20-yardline. The Buckeyes' Braxton Miller is sacked by Jack Crawford on second down but Miller finds DeVier Posey on second down for a long pass into Penn State territory. The Bucks pick up another first down on the ground to get themselves into field goal range.
The drives stalls after Miller mishandles the snap on 3rd-and-5, however, and the Buckeyes are forced to punt after the loss of seven yards.
After Penn State takes over, McGloin finds Justin Brown down the middle for a gain of 17. The catch is called back after a review of the play shows Brown dropped the ball. McGloin comes right back, however, and hits Andrew Szczerba for a gain of 12 and a Lions first down.
On first down of the following set of downs, the offense direct snaps to freshman Bill Belton. Looks like Tom Bradlet and the Penn State coaching staff is serious about trying out this wildcat package. Something to keep an eye on. Brandon Beachum finishes off that set of downs with a 9-yard run for a first down.
The Lions pick up another first down after McGloin finds Brown again for a gain of 11 and Silas Redd and Stephfon Green keep the chains moving with gains of seven and six to get Penn State inside Ohio State's 30-yardline.
The drive stalls at Ohio State's 26, however, and Anthony Fera is forced to come on for a 43-yard field goal attempt. After a disastrous early miss last week, Fera bangs it home to put Penn State up 10-0 with 1:59 to play in the first quarter. That was the deepest field goal conversion of Fera's career.
Penn State scoring summary: 15 plays, 54 yards, 5:29 time of possession.