OSU v. Illinois: Defensive Analysis by Ross F.
It's unacceptable that Ohio State, which has signed the best recruiting class in the Big Ten three out of the last four years, can perform so poorly on offense. Yet there remains an undercurrent amongst some Buckeye fans that Jim Bollman's offense is simply an extension of Jim Tressel's philosophy, Tresselball to the extreme, if you will.
Ohio State v. Illinois: Offensive Analysis by Ross F.
Stoneburner's touchdown, which Illini receiver A.J. Jenkins set up by fumbling near his own 28-yard line three plays earlier, gave Ohio State a 17-0 lead over Illinois with thirteen minutes left. Despite some late game hijinks and a return to Bollman ball, the Silver Bullet defense held the lead and secured a 17-7 Buckeye victory.
Analyzing the Enemy:The Illinois Fighting Illini
|9:04 left: Ohio State Field Goal - 43-yarder by Drew Basil.|
|14:06 left: Ohio State Touchdown - 12-yard run by Daniel Herron. (Drew Basil extra point is good).|
|13:06 left: Ohio State Touchdown - 17-yard pass from Braxton Miller to Jake Stoneburner. (Drew Basil extra point is good).|
|6:22 left: Illinois Touchdown - 3-yard pass from Nathan Scheelhaase to Evan Wilson. (Derek Dimke extra point is good).|
|Team statistics||Ohio St.||Illinois|
|Time of Possession||30:35||29:25|
|Punt Return Yards||0||-2|