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Nittany Lions pull stunner on Buckeyes

GOING DOWN: Illinois’ Jeff George Jr. is sacked by Michigan defensive tackle Maurice Hurst.

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GOING DOWN: Illinois’ Jeff George Jr. is sacked by Michigan defensive tackle Maurice Hurst.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Grant Haley returned a blocked field goal 60 yards for a touchdown with 4:27 left in the fourth quarter and Penn State upset No. 2 Ohio State 24-21 Saturday night for the Nittany Lions' biggest win in the post-Joe Paterno era.

Penn State (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten) took its first lead when Marcus Allen leaped high to block Tyler Durbin's 45-yard field goal and Haley made the scoop and sprint to the end zone. The white-out crowd of 107,280 at Beaver Stadium went nuts and Penn State's defense closed out the Nittany Lions' first victory against Ohio State since 2011 with two sacks of J.T. Barrett.

The Buckeyes (6-1, 4-1 Big Ten) had their 20-game road winning streak snapped and the Big Ten East race that looked like an inevitable march toward an Ohio State-Michigan showdown on Nov. 26 just took a detour.

Now Penn State is in the mix.

Trace McSorley cut the Ohio State lead to 21-14 early in the fourth quarter with a 2-yard touchdown run and on the next Ohio State possession Cam Brown blocked Cameron Johnson's punt to set up Penn State at the Buckeyes 28.

Ohio State forced Penn State to settle for Tyler Davis' 34-yard field goal with 9:33 to make 21-17.

The Buckeyes were driving to try to seal the game, but it stalled and instead of padding their lead, they gave it up to Penn State.

No. 3 MICH. 41, ILLINOIS 8: The Michigan machine continues to roll.

The host Wolverines took off early on the not-so-Fighting Illini with touchdowns on the first four drives, opening a 28-0 lead just 19 minutes into the game.

Wilton Speight faked a handoff and delivered a strike to Tyrone Wheatley for a 21-yard touchdown as the tight end went from right to left. Later, he drilled the ball to Amara Darboh, putting it where only the receiver could catch it between a couple of defenders as he zipped from left to right.

He was so sharp and his team was up by so much that he didn't even have to play the whole game.

Speight threw for 253 yards and two touchdowns in three quarters.

The Wolverines (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten) were leading 34-0 in the fourth quarter when Jim Harbaugh put backup quarterback John O'Korn in the game and rested Speight.

Speight, who completed 16 of 23, threw a 3-yard pass to Jake Butt to score the first of four straight TDs to open the game.

Nittany Lions pull stunner on Buckeyes 10/22/16 [Last modified: Sunday, October 23, 2016 12:13am]
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