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Saturday, October 25, 2008
3Q update: Ohio State 6, Penn State 3


Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Through its first eight games, Penn State had put up 298 points in the first three quarters. Tonight, the Nittany Lions have been contained, though they're showing some signs of life.

Daryll Clark is beginning to find some gaps in the Ohio State defense, though Penn State just seems a bit out of sync. Without a consistent running game, the Nittany Lions will need Clark and senior wideouts Derrick Williams, Deon Butler and Jordan Norwood to emerge. The big plays just aren't there tonight for the Lions, who trail in the fourth quarter for the first time this season.

Ohio State continues to convert key third downs and mounted a 13-play, 72-yard drive that ate up 7:28 before another Aaron Pettrey field goal. Buckeyes wideouts Dane Sanzenbacher and Brian Robiskie are stepping up and finding gaps for freshman quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who has made several big-time throws (13-for-18, 174 yards).

Neither team has much of a running game, so this one could be won through the air.