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The Buckeyes, also at times offensively challenged, counterpunched on Miller’s 24-yard sprint around right end for a TD and his pass to Stoneburner for another score to cut the lead to 17-14.

They’d never get closer, however.

For a day, at least, Penn State’s players were able to enjoy themselves. Still, their thoughts strayed back to Paterno.

“A game is a game,” McGloin said. “Whether we win or lose out there, it’s not going to help him out at all. But it definitely made him feel good that we went out there and got a win.”

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