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Veteran Nittany Lion coach Joe Paterno has often said, when two teams of the same caliber meet, the outcome will be determined by half a dozen plays. That certainly was the case in Ohio State's venerable Horseshoe Saturday, where Penn State's valiant attempt to upset the top-ranked Buckeyes failed when two gratuitous touchdowns on interception returns in the final three minutes turned a tight defensive struggle into a disappointing 28-6 defeat for No. 24 Penn State. The game was much closer than Ohio State's victory over defending national champion and second-ranked Texas by a slimmer margin two weeks earlier, as the Nittany Lion defense held the powerful Buckeyes 174 yards below their total offense average and 18 points below their scoring average and had the home fans worried about the 10-game winning streak and No. 1 ranking until 2:31 before the final whistle.