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Tim Layden
October 14, 1996
Ohio State vaulted to No. 2 in the land after manhandling highly regarded Penn State 38-7
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October 14, 1996

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Ohio State vaulted to No. 2 in the land after manhandling highly regarded Penn State 38-7

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The Ohio State offense, more anonymous than a year ago (its best known player is Pace, a lineman, no less), seared the Nittany Lions for 565 yards and showed breathtaking balance; Jackson and Joe Germaine threw for two touchdowns each, and tailback Pepe Pearson ran for 141 yards. After Germaine threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Dimitrious Stanley (five receptions, 105 yards, two touchdowns) with 6:26 left in the first half, the Buckeyes led 24-0. At that point Springs looked at the scoreboard and then at sophomore cornerback Antoine Winfield. "Twenty-four to nothing? Over Penn State?" he asked, doubting his eyes. "Are we that good?"

Too soon to tell. Way too soon.

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