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QUICK HITS: Ohio State 27 Toledo 22

Posted on: September 10, 2011 3:42 pm
Edited on: September 10, 2011 3:43 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

OHIO STATE WON. Though it was not as easy a victory as Ohio State fans have come to expect against non-conference schools in recent years. In fact, this one wasn't settled until the final minute of the game thanks to an Ohio State offense that just didn't look very sharp in the second week of the season. Joe Bauserman did not have to share any snaps with Braxton Miller this week, though maybe he should have as he completed only 16 of his 30 pass attempts for 189 yards and a touchdown. In fact, it's tough to find a star on offense at all for Ohio State in this one, though I suppose Carlos Hyde's 2 touchdown runs qualify, even if he did manage only 3.9 yards on 21 carries.

WHY OHIO STATE WON. Because try as they might, Toledo was its own worst enemy in this game, and the Buckeyes defense came through with some timely stops when it needed to. Still, considering that Ohio State only won this game by five points and was actually outgained on offense by the Rockets 335 yards to 303 yards, you have to wonder how things would have gone if not for the 14 penalties worth 100 yards called against Toledo. One of those penalties was an illegal formation on a punt -- Toledo had roughly a billion of those on Saturday -- that cause Toledo to kick again, and on the second attempt Chris Fields returned the kick 69 yards to give the Buckeyes a 21-15 lead going into the half.

WHEN OHIO STATE WON. This game wasn't over until Terrance Owen's pass on 4th and 5 at the Ohio State 17-yard line floated hopelessly incomplete thanks to some heavy pressure from the Buckeyes front four.

WHAT OHIO STATE WON. The right to say that it still hasn't lost to an FBS level opponent from the state of Ohio since 1921, going 20-0 in 90 years. And that's it, really, as I don't think there are many Big Ten opponents who will look at this game film and see the Buckeyes as a team to be feared at the moment.

WHATE TOLEDO LOST. Aside from being the first Ohio school to beat Ohio State in 90 years, it also lost the chance to claim a victory over a BCS opponent for the sixth straight season. Not to mention the chance to be a MAC school that could claim victories over both Michigan and Ohio State in the last four years. Other than that, I think Toledo gained more in this loss than Ohio State did in victory.

THAT WAS CRAZY. This isn't exactly crazy, but it's a bit telling about the fluidity of this game. Ohio State and Toledo combined to go 6-for-28 on third downs in this contest, yet went 3-for-6 on fourth downs.

Since: Jul 23, 2011
Posted on: September 10, 2011 8:55 pm

QUICK HITS: Ohio State 27 Toledo 22

"Watching the game you never got the impression Toledo would win?"  I was at the game, and that sure wasn't my impression.  Buckeyes got very, very lucky in this one.  Lots of QB issues that need to get worked out before South Beach, along with lots of O-line issues.  Not a very impressive team at the moment.

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2011 5:33 pm

QUICK HITS: Ohio State 27 Toledo 22

Probably good medicine for the young Bucks.. Naturally just like the rest of the bought and paid for Op's on this site your job is to belittle Ohio State however possible. Watching the game you never really got the impression Toledo would win. Yeah I know it was rig and the ref's called in the fix. But it still seemed like the 14 Freshman and a few Soph's were pushin the twenty Starting Seniors around for the Rockets. Man if they get a few more wins and get some experiance it could be painfull swallowing the rest of those lies you people fabricated with your Masters at eSpn. That defense could be wicked. Member some guy named Krenzal?

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