AP Top 25: Ohio State Slips, Penn State In, Houston Out

Although this game looks like a mismatch on paper - Penn State is a double-digit favorite - the Nittany Lions know first-hand that anything can happen. Well after the biggest victory of the post-Joe Paterno era was over, the cries of "We Are!"

The junior running back was used primarily as a receiver against Penn State, usually with his back to the endzone when he caught the ball on a comeback route.

But their incredible return to head a strong defensive performance against the-now No. 6 Buckeyes was a big reason why the Nittany Lions are ranked No. 24 this week in the Associated Press poll - the first national ranking since Week 15 of the 2011 season.

"That's why they call us coaches", Meyer told reporters Monday in Columbus. "I just want to enjoy tonight".

Offensively, Ohio State played well. While Penn State's road success against one of the nation's elite was a team effort, goaltender Peyton Jones was a key part of that success and the Big Ten has taken notice.

For a unit that had been injury-ravaged most of this season, seeing what those players achieved against a top-two team was nearly as implausible as the final score.

No. 13 Boise State of the Mountain West is the highest-ranked team outside of the power conferences. The Cornhuskers have two big games against Wisconsin and Ohio State over the next two Saturdays and could make a late season move with wins, but the other two programs are playing for pride and perhaps a shot at a New Years bowl game, but only if they continue their winning ways.

"Time you could stay stood still", Haley said, recalling the recovery.

Penn State has limited its opponents to the lowest hitting percentage in the nation, allowing opposing teams to hit at a clip of just.127.

The game ended with the Buckeyes hurrying to the locker room and thousands of Penn State fans rushing the field to celebrate a 24-21 victory.

To the Nittany Lions, dwelling on the win over the Buckeyes would be similar to not getting over the early-season losses to Pittsburgh and MI.

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But for things to work out that way, Ohio State has to hope Michigan's only loss comes on November 26 in Ohio Stadium.

"I thought we felt good about ourselves with how we played against Ohio State", coach Russ Rose said. He's been good with his ball fakes and has developed as a strong leader at the quarterback position, capable of making big plays with his legs or arm.

After Ohio State fell to Penn State in a stunning upset on Saturday night, there are only seven Power Five conference teams that remain undefeated.

It wasn't the weather, though, that resulted in the road upset for the Nittany Lions.

"Obviously these types of wins are important", Franklin said. "This is who we are".

"It was as simple as believing", said Cabinda, who hadn't played since the opener. But it's Michigan State who have suffered the most since beating them, as they are now mired in a five-game losing streak, and probably won't be bowl-eligible. Barrett was 28 for 43 for 245 yards and he was sacked six times as the Buckeyes, especially right tackle Isaiah Prince, struggled to protect their quarterback. "I think that has been huge for us and everyone is taking real ownership on that".

Trace McSorley passed for 154 yards and a touchdown and ran for 60 more yards and a score for Penn State. IL rounds out Big Ten programs in the top-10 in eighth, averaging 2,622 fans per match.

Ohio State: How far will the Buckeyes fall?

Oklahoma is an interesting team in college football with so many players that can step up, but that defense is terrible.

The nation's no.1 defense continues to impress against weaker opponents as the Wolverines dominated IL 41-8.

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