The wait was worth it for Curtis Enis and No. 2 Penn State.
A year's worth of anguish ended Saturday when Enis ran for 211 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown as the Nittany Lions rallied for a 31-27 victory over No. 7 Ohio State.Last year at Columbus, Ohio, the Buckeyes beat the Lions 38-7 - Penn State's worst defeat in 12 years - and went on to win the Big Ten and the Rose Bowl.
This time, it's Penn State's turn for a run at the Big Ten title and a possible national championship.
Before a record crowd of 97,282 at Beaver Stadium, the Lions (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) fell behind 27-17 with 1:42 left in the third quarter before the running tandem of Enis and Aaron Harris took over.
Harris ran 51 yards for a TD - the longest run of his career - with 20 seconds left in the third quarter to bring the Lions within 27-24.
Then Enis, who had just 34 yards in last year's game against Ohio State, took over. He broke loose on a 24-yard run to the Ohio State 49, and five plays later, he broke outside, cut back inside and raced 26 yards for the winning touchdown with 10:31 left in the game.
Penn State extended the nation's longest winning streak to 10 games, while the Buckeyes (5-1, 1-1) lost for the first time in seven games.
The only other time Enis ran for 200 or more yards was in his first start - last season's Kickoff Classic, when he ran for 241 yards against Southern California. It was the first time in 17 games the Buckeyes allowed a runner to top 100 yards rushing.
Harris had 12 carries for 96 yards and two TDs, while Enis collected his yardage on 23 carries.
Joe Germaine, who replaced Stanley Jackson on the first play of the second quarter, was gallant in defeat, completing 29 of 43 passes for 378 yards and two TDs. But he was intercepted twice, the last time by Shawn Lee at the Penn State 17 with 8:10 to go.
Ohio State had a final chance for victory, but Germaine's fourth-down pass to Ken-Yon Rambo bounced off the receiver's hands at about the Penn State 40 with 2:24 left.
Penn State led 17-13 at the half, but after the teams exchanged turnovers to open the second half, the Buckeyes moved to a 27-17 lead.
As they have in beating four weaker opponents, the Lions struck quickly with the TD runs by Harris and Enis.