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TOLEDO-OSU RECAP: Luke Fickell escapes embarassing loss;discusses game outcome


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Luke Fickell (file photo)

Most of us who cover the Ohio State Buckeyes on a regular basis, were sitting in the press box during Saturday’s 27-22 win over the Toledo Rockets wandering several things aloud, on Twitter and Facebook.

What if Luke Fickell loses this game and why isn’t he playing Braxton Miller when it was obvious Joe Bauserman was struggling badly at times.

If Toledo had won that game, it would’ve been the first time in 90 years that an in-state opponent would’ve beaten the Buckeyes. Believe it or not, Oberlin won in 1921.

A loss like this would not look good when Coach Fickell and Gene Smith get together at the end of the season to decide whether he keeps the job or not.

Toledo is a good football team, but they are not Wisconsin, Miami of Florida, Nebraska or Michigan.

The first-year head coach also could not be happy with his special teams inconsistent play. Toledo blocking a punt to set up its first TD and Drew Basil missing two field goals, one that counted and one that was nullified due to a penalty.

In his postgame press conference with the media, Fickell talked about Carlos Hyde, the blocked punt, Chris Fields’ 69-yard punt return for a TD, Philly Brown, Rod Smith’s fumbling and the state of the team after two games.


Young Buckeyes escape dangerous Toledo, 27-22

Toledo Postgame Press Conference

47 810 Tim Beckman Toledo coach OSU 27 UT 22

Ohio State Postgame Press Conference

47 813 Chris Fields OSU WR OSU 27 UT 22

COLUMBUS, OHIO — Everybody knew that the Toledo Rockets were a dangerous team before Saturday’s game at Ohio Stadium started.

The Rockets are the favorites to be the MAC champions and Buckeye fans saw exactly why they are picked with that lofty honor.

Toledo took the Buckeyes to the brink of defeat, before being stopped by themselves with penalty-after-penalty.

Chris Fields (courtesy of Ohio State athletics)

The 27-22 win by Ohio State, means the Buckeyes haven’t lost to an in-state rival since 1921.

The Buckeyes are 17-0 against teams from the Mid-American Conference. In previous meetings with the Rockets, Ohio State had dominated and outscored them 87-0.

In Saturday’s contest, the Rockets were leading at 8-7 and 15-7 for a total of 31 minutes, 36 seconds. Then the Bucks started to comeback, Carlos Hyde scored on a 36-yard run and the deficit was 15-14.

Chris Fields took a low, line drive punt and ran it back 69 yards for a touchdown with 46 seconds left in the first half and the Buckeyes led again, 21-15.

The Buckeyes were holding onto a 27-22 lead and trying to score again, when freshman Rod Smith fumbled. UT defensive tackle Johnathan Lamb recovered at his own 33-yard line.

The Rockets second quarterback, Terrance Owens drove the Rockets down the gridiron. Toledo were in business at the OSU 21 with a first down, but their protection broke down and Owens had to throw away a desperation pass at the 16 on fourth down.


Freshman QB Miller impressive in Ohio State jersey scrimmage


Braxton Miller looking to be #1 QB (file photo)

Braxton Miller threw two touchdown passes in Ohio State’s jersey scrimmage at Ohio Stadium Saturday afternoon.

Braxton, a freshman from Huber Heights, Ohio, passed to Chris Fields on 58-yard catch-and-run on the first series that the quarterbacks wore their black, non-contact jerseys. He later hit Devin Smith for a 26-yard scoring strike.

Joe Bauserman, a fifth-year senior, threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Heuerman but also was intercepted in the end zone by Travis Howard.

No score was kept and the winner of the coveted scarlet practice jerseys would be decided after the coaching staff reviews the scrimmage video tape.


contributing to this story was StephanieLee & Doc McElroy