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Ohio State Finally Gets Style Points It Needed for BCS Push in Blowout of PSU

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Andrew CoppensContributor IJanuary 4, 2017

The words Ohio State and style points have become synonymous with each other as of late, and not in the good way, but all of that may have changed on Saturday night as Ohio State trounced Penn State, 63-14.

Nationally, the narrative was that the Buckeyes needed a dominating win to prove they belonged in the conversation with the likes of Alabama, Oregon and Florida State at the top of the BCS rankings. 

After a narrow win at home versus Wisconsin, the style points were lacking

The next week Ohio State won by 10 at Northwestern, and once again, the style points were lacking

Iowa came to town last week, and again the Buckeyes were tested and passed said test, but it wasn't impressive enough.

Sensing a theme for the 2013 Buckeyes season, yet? 

Well, consider that talk over as of Saturday night.

The question now is whether or not a performance like this will be enough to make a difference in the polls? 

Ohio State trails by a good margin in both the human and computer polls part of the BCS formula. So much so that it needed all the style points it could get the rest of the way.  

Oct 26, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver Chris Geiss (6) tries to keep the ball from hitting the ground as Ohio State Buckeyes cornerback Bradley Roby (1) defends at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Spo

Just when it needed it the most, Ohio State not only got great performances out of the usual subjects of Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde, but the Buckeyes defense also made an appearance.

Besides only giving up 14 points, Ohio State's defense recorded four sacks, forced three turnovers and allowed Penn State to average just 3.0 yards per run and pass in the win.  

Offensively, this wasn't just a dominate performance, it was a historic one as well.

Historic as in the most points allowed by Penn State since it gave up 64 points to the Duquesne Athletic Club way back in 1899. 

Hyde led the way for the Buckeyes run game with 147 of the 410 rushing yards for the team. He also had two of the six OSU rushing touchdowns on the night. 

Two more of those came from quarterback Braxton Miller, who ended the night rushing for 68 yards and throwing for a career-high 252 yards with three passing touchdowns as well. 

It all added up to Ohio State winning and winning in Oregon-like fashion. 

On a day when all three teams ahead of the Buckeyes in the BCS standings were impressive in victory, it was Ohio State who paced the field with its 63 points and winning margin of 49 points.

As it is, the Buckeyes moved their win streak to 20 straight and are now just two games away from tying the school record of 22 straight.

If all of that isn't good enough for the pollsters and computers, nothing will be. 

 

*Andy Coppens is the lead writer for the Big Ten. You can follow him on Twitter: @ andycoppens.

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