OSU v. Toledo: Defensive Analysis by Ross F
Ohio State scraped out a close victory against Toledo last Saturday, even trailing at one point in the second half, creating much consternation amongst Buckeye faithful, who wondered why true freshman quarterback Braxton Miller spent the entire game on the bench, despite significant struggles from redshirt senior Joe Bauserman.
On a day in Ohio Stadium where former Buckeye Mike Doss was inducted into the Ohio State Hall Of Fame, Ohio State escaped an upset at the hands of the Toledo Rockets in a game that reminded one of the close calls of the 2002 campaign.
Toledo's skill and savvy kept them in the ballgame against Ohio State. But their 14 penalties prevented themselves from pulling off the upset.
Contrary to recent media reports, Ohio State football student-athletes Corey Brown, Jordan Hall and Travis Howard are not cleared to compete in the game on Saturday with Toledo.
|11:45 left: Ohio State Touchdown - 26-yard pass from Joe Bauserman to Jake Stoneburner. (Drew Basil extra point is good).|
|7:07 left: Toledo Touchdown - 6-yard pass from Austin Dantin to Eric Page. (Eric Page pass to Hank Keighley for the two-point conversion).|
|2:18 left: Toledo Touchdown - 66-yard pass from Terrance Owens to Eric Page. (Ryan Casano extra point is good).|
|8:02 left: Ohio State Touchdown - 36-yard run by Carlos Hyde. (Drew Basil extra point is good).|
|0:46 left: Ohio State Touchdown - 69-yard punt return by Chris Fields. (Drew Basil extra point is good).|
|12:56 left: Toledo Touchdown - 4-yard run by Adonis Thomas. (Ryan Casano extra point is good).|
|3:17 left: Ohio State Touchdown - 2-yard run by Carlos Hyde. (Joe Bauserman pass incomplete to Verlon Reed, two-point conversion failed).|
|Team statistics||Toledo||Ohio St.|
|Time of Possession||29:29||30:31|
|Punt Return Yards||42||77|