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.