With plenty of time to pull off a comeback, the Penn State crowd roared and waved pom-poms as Ohio State started its next drive backed up to its 8.

A couple of tough runs by Miller got the Buckeyes off the goal line. Then on third-and-3 from the 28, Miller hit Jake Stoneburner in stride over the middle, and the wide receiver was gone. The 72-yard touchdown made it 35-16.

"First I was thinking don't get caught," Stoneburner said. "Then it was just surreal. I've never had that long of a touchdown in that big of a game."

The Nittany Lions added one more touchdown, almost as a thank you to all of the fans -- and there were plenty in the crowd of 107,818 -- who stayed to the end.

Ohio State's season of what-could-have-been rolls on, back home to play Illinois next week. After that the Buckeyes take a week off, and then finish the season at Wisconsin and home for Michigan.

The Buckeyes could have been thinking Big Ten championship, even BCS title.

But Ohio State's decision not to impose a bowl ban last season, when the Buckeyes went 6-6 and lost in the Gator Bowl, before the NCAA weighed in on the tattoo-for-memorabilia scandal, led to Meyer's first team in Columbus, Ohio, being left out of the postseason.

The Big Ten will give the Buckeyes a trophy if they win the Leaders Division, a race which they have firmly under control.

Other than that, all Ohio State can do is win `em all and hope for the best when the final AP poll of the season comes out in January. Though an idle December would make it easier for Miller to attend the Heisman Trophy ceremony on Dec. 8.

"I just think he's an excellent player," O'Brien said. "One of the top five players in the country."

Two of the better offenses in the Big Ten traded punts for most of the first half.

Penn State turned one of those punts into points.

Mike Hull cut through the Ohio State protection and blocked Ben Buchanan's kick a couple of yards away from the goal line. Michael Yancich recovered for a 7-0 lead with 6:15 left in the half.

Penn State forced another punt, but a holding penalty on the Nittany Lions converted the fourth down for Ohio State and Miller took advantage. His 33-yard keeper got the Buckeyes a first-and-goal at the 6, and Hyde scored from a yard out to make it 7-all.