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OHIO STATE GAME SUMMARIES
Ohio State - 51
Akron - 0
The Buckeyes were able to pull off a road victory against in state opponent Akron. Ohio State looked impressive in all three facets of the game, pitching a shut out (and holding Akron to less than 100 yards of total offense), putting up 50, and returning a kick for a TD.
Offensively, the Buckeyes focused on running the ball, with 5 players getting 31 carries for 245 yards. Starting running back Dan Herron surpassed 100 yards rushing on the day. Quarterback Joe Bauserman passed the ball twice, both times to DeVier Posey and both times for touch downs. Ohio State began running out the clock in the second quarter or this one really could have gotten out of hand.
On the other side of the ball, the Silver Bullets were tenacious, allowing less than 100 yards of offense and sacking the QB 4 times. Dominic Clarke was able to grab an interception. Etienne Sabino and Travis Howard were the biggest stars on defense, with the former recording 7 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 sack, and a FR for a touch down and the latter broke up 3 passes and was in on 6 tackles.
Ohio State has another tune up game against the Toledo rockets before playing a very tough 4 game stretch.
Ohio State - 56
Toledo - 17
The Buckeyes were able to beat instate foe Toledo by quite a wide margin. Both the offense and defense played very well, except in the second quarter where Ohio State defenders allowed Rocket receivers to get behind them for big plays. Bauserman had a great performance putting up over 400 passing yards and completing 75% of his passes on the day. The defensive star of the game had to be defensive tackle Adam Bellamy who recorded two sacks. Dan Herron was able to pick up 80 yards on 10 attempts - both numbers that will need to increase if the Buckeyes want to have success against better teams.
Ohio State - 45
Miami - 20
Ohio State's offense continues to impress with Joe Bauserman leading the way. Against the Canes he completed 14/19 passes for 275 yards. Dan Herron was able to surpass 100 yards for the second time this season on 20 carries. Defensively, Adam Bellamy was a monster in the middle, recording 12 tackles and an unbelievable 4 sacks against a Miami Hurricanes line that just looked helpless. The secondary for the Buckeyes looked vulnerable again, as Miami was able to complete 11/14 passes and the speed of Miami's receivers posed some problems for the Buckeyes.
Ohio State - 37
TCU - 14
The game was actually a bit closer than the score would indicate. TCU was driving towards the end of the game with a chance to bring Ohio State's lead down to 8, but the Buckeyes were able to put the game out of reach with a scoop and score with 3:15 remaining.
Joe Bauserman had his worst performance of the season (although it wasn't too bad), completing 14/24 passes for 261 yards and 3 TDs. The running game was pretty poor, causing Ohio State to try and avoid it. Herron was only able to pick up 44 yards on 12 carries, nearly over a third of which came from 1 18 yard run. The line did a very poor job of getting up to the second level and the tight ends had a lot of problems dealing with the speed of the safeties in TCU's 4-2-5 defense.
On the other side of the ball, the Buckeyes played pretty well, allowing only 30 yards on the ground and stopping TCU on 10/13 third downs. Bellamy had another good performance with another sack. Bellamy currently looks like he may find himself holding up an award or two at the end of the season. John Simon had two sacks and several other defenders had 1. While the Buckeyes have done an excellent job of rushing the passer this season, they haven't been very successful in forcing turnovers. This will need to change if Ohio State wants to run the table.
Regardless, this was a solid performance by the Scarlet and Gray against their only real test up to this point.
Next week the Buckeyes start conference play against Michigan State.
Ohio State - 52
Michigan State - 20
Ohio State destroyed Michigan State, winning by 4 scores. The Spartans got out of the first quarter with the lead, but a string of injuries made it nearly impossible for Michigan State to stay in contention. Dan Herron had a career day, rushing for 293 yards and 5 TDs on 31 attempts. Joe Bauserman didn't get very many opportunities to put up big numbers, but made plays when they were needed. Defensively, the Buckeyes prevented 8/9 third down conversions and forced 5 turnovers. They also recorded several sacks. This was one of the better games the Buckeyes have played all year.
Ohio State - 3
Nebraska - 31
Without their fearless leader, Killernuts, who was sidelined with the flu, Ohio State was unable to beat the Huskers. Nebraska was able to run the ball at will, and the Buckeyes really struggled to move the ball at all, averaging about two yards a carry and only had 138 passing yards. The biggest issue though was turn overs, Ohio State turned the ball over 6 times, 3 on fumbles and 3 on interceptions. You simply cannot win a game with that many turnovers against a good team.
Ohio State - 31
Illinois - 21
Although the Buckeyes continued to struggle, they were able to bring home the Illibuck. Ohio State got on the board early, and never gave up the lead. Bauserman really struggled with his accuracy, completing less than half of his passes, but he did throw for 316 yards. Herron had another solid game rushing picking up 101 yards on 18 attempts. Ohio State really struggled to get many sacks or turnovers this game as they have all season, which made things more difficult for them. A bye week may be just what the doctor ordered.
Ohio State next plays in division foe Wisconsin, who is currently undefeated and ranked #2 in the nation.
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