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Ohio State intercepts upset bid by Penn State

COLUMBUS, Ohio - As the Ohio State Buckeyes left the field trailing 14-3 at halftime yesterday, their fans really let them hear it.

But in the second half, Devon Torrence tipped and snagged an interception and returned it 34 yards for the go-ahead touchdown, and the eighth-ranked Buckeyes ran off the final 35 points for a 38-14 win.

"We know how much our fans are obsessed with Ohio State football," said wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher, who caught a ricochet off a defender for a quirky 58-yard score in the 21-0 fourth quarter. "Booing us? I probably would have booed us."

Travis Howard added another interception and brought it back 30 yards for a TD, also in the fourth.

The two defensive scores gave Ohio State six interception returns for touchdowns in the last seven meetings with Penn State (6-4, 3-3 Big Ten).

The victory sent the Buckeyes (9-1, 5-1) into Iowa next week tied for first place in the conference with Michigan State and Wisconsin.

Instead of win No. 401 for Nittany Lions coach Joe Paterno, the second-half scores tagged him with his 133rd loss.

"There were a lot of things involved," he said of his team's second-half collapse. "I didn't think they [the Buckeyes] did much different in the second half."

The comeback from an 11-point deficit was the biggest in coach Jim Tressel's 10 years in Columbus.

OSU quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who was 8-for-13 for 139 yards with one interception and two scores, also hit Jake Stoneburner with a late TD pass.

OSU's Dan Herron had a career-best 190 yards on 21 carries, including a 5-yard touchdown to cap a 96-yard drive to get OSU within 14-10 in the third quarter.- AP

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