The points were the most allowed by Penn State in the modern era (Navy scored 55 points against the Lions in 1944), and the 686 total yards given up well surpassed the previous record of 656 rolled up by Boston College in 1982.
"It was probably the worst game I experienced," Penn State linebacker Mike Hull said. "But they're a good team with tough players, and they did what they had to do tonight."
Penn State coach Bill O'Brien said he took "full responsibility" for the performance.
"We didn't have them prepared good enough as a coaching staff, me as a head coach, therefore we didn't play good enough," he said. "We've got great kids in that locker room, and they'll put it behind them, they'll learn from it. We'll remember some things, and we'll get ready to play Illinois" next Saturday at Beaver Stadium.
Another piece of bad news for Penn State came when freshman Christian Hackenberg left the game in the third quarter with an injury to his right (throwing) shoulder. O'Brien said Hackenberg actually hurt the shoulder in the first quarter when he was taken down on a play that had been blown dead by an offside penalty against Ohio State.
"The [Ohio State] guy slammed him on his shoulder," O'Brien said. "So we'll have to get that checked out. He tried to go - he's a tough kid, man - and he just didn't feel good about throwing. He wanted to keep going. But I felt it was in the best interest of the team at that time to go with [backup] Tyler Ferguson."
Hackenberg fired a 12-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Felder in the second quarter, but he also threw two interceptions, one coming in the end zone when Penn State tried to answer the Buckeyes' first touchdown on its opening drive of the game.
Ferguson came on and accounted for the Lions' other touchdown, a 65-yard pass to Allen Robinson.
Penn State could not find a way to stop the Buckeyes offense. Ohio State scored 28 points in the second quarter to take a 42-7 halftime lead behind Miller, who rushed 6 yards for one TD and passed 3 yards to Chris Fields and 25 yards to former Cardinal O'Hara star Corey Brown for two more.
In all, Miller accounted for five touchdowns - three passing, two running - while accounting for 320 yards of total offense in three quarters of playing time. Carlos Hyde rushed for 147 yards on 16 carries and scored twice, leading a Buckeye running game that ground up 408 yards.
"They're a good football team, no question about it," O'Brien said. "They deserve all their rankings and all the things coming for them. They're going to be tough to beat. They've got speed, good athletes, and they obviously played much better than us. They coached better than us tonight. They had their guys ready to play."
The Nittany Lions had 357 yards of total offense. Bill Belton, a former star at Winslow Township High School, started and rushed for 98 yards on 22 carries.
"I thought our guys gave good effort all night," O'Brien said. "I don't think anybody quit."
Fifty Shades of Defeat
Saturday's game against Ohio State marked just the third time since 1900 that Penn State had allowed 50 or more points in a game. The previous games:
Year Opp. Score
1944 Navy 55-14
1988 W.Virginia 51-30
Saturday's game also marked the first time the Nittany Lions had allowed 40 or more points in three consecutive games since 1899.
- Joe Juliano