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Ohio State Football Spring Game: Gray 17 Scarlet 7; Bri’onte Dunn Feature


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Bri’onte Dunn played in 11 games last season as a true freshman and gained 133 yards rushing plus scored two touchdowns for the undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes … he also had one kickoff return for 22 yards … he scored in his first collegiate game – a four-yard rush to cap a 56-10 win over Miami – and he had a personal-best 13 carries for 73 yards rushing vs. Illinois, including a three-yard touchdown run … he netted 29 yards rushing versus Central Florida … he earned his first varsity letter at the conclusion of the 2013 season.

Bri'onte Dunn told the media after Saturday's Spring Game that he is ready for his turn in the backfield ( photo)

In the Spring Game, he rushed 5 times for 30 yards and a 2-yard TD to help the Gray beat the Scarlet.

He’s in a battle with several running backs for playing time this season: Rod Smith, Warren Ball, Curtis Samuel and Ezekial Elliott.

He talks about the Spring Game; finally getting his chance to play regularly and how redshirting helped his game.

OSU SPRING GAME: Miller & Scarlet team beats Gray, 20-14


COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Urban Meyer era was ushered in on a chilly, overcast day at venerable Ohio Stadium as 81,112 faithful fans braved the elements and were entertained with a 20-14 win by the Scarlet over the Gray.

Braxton Miller passed the ball well in the new spread offense

Running back Rod Smith ran 7 yards for the game-winning touchdown with 5:29 to go for the Scarlet team.

Defensive back Christian Bryant sealed the game by picking off Gray quarterback Kenny Guiton with 2:52 to play to thwart a comeback attempt.

Eventhough Braxton Miller said in the postgame that fans and media only witnessed “30 percent of the offense”, the Scarlet rolled up 305 total yards and the Gray 227. 532 yards is not pretty good for only 30 percent. It makes you wonder how good the offense could be with “100 percent” of it in place?

Miller led the Scarlet stats going 24 of 31 with one interception and 258 yards.

Michael Thomas emerged as a wide receiver threat catching 12 balls for 131 yards for the Scarlet. Teammate Chris Fields caught 5 passes for 72 yards.

Kenny Guiton proved that he is capable of backing up Miller

Backup QB Kenny Guiton had a nice game throwing the ball as well for the Gray team. He was 16 of 24 with 185 yards, interception and a touchdown.

His wide receivers were equally as good. Philly Brown caught seven passes for 90 yards and Devin Smith caught a 28-yard TD pass.

The defenses sacked the QB seven times on the quick-whistle to avoid injuries.

Leading tacklers in the game include Adam Griffin with 9 and Orhian Johnson with 7 to lead the Gray. Ryan Shazier with 7 led the Scarlet.

Ryan Shazier turned in a stellar defensive effort




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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

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Ohio State Postgame Press Conference

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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.


OSU GAMEDAY: Hyde proves his name should be mentioned along with other running backs


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Carlos Hyde (courtesy of OSU athletics)

Coming out of Spring Football, the Ohio State running back position was stocked. Even with Daniel “Boom” Herron serving a 5-game suspension for NCAA rules violations to start the 2011 season, there was still Jordan Hall, Jaamal Berry, Rod Smith and Carlos Hyde.

The last week, it was discovered that projected starter Hall was suspended for the Akron game for accepting cash from a charity event and Berry was being kept out due to a pulled hamstring.

Still, Hyde’s name was not heavily mentioned, but the OSU coaches didn’t have much choice with he and Smith being the only running backs available.

The 6’0, 238-pound Hyde from Naples, Florida answered all of the critics and skeptics with 19 rushes for 93 yards and a long run of 24 yards.


* 33 in a row, Ohio State’s home-opener winning streak, going back to a 19-0 loss to Penn State in 1978 with Art Schlichter at quarterback.

* Akron is 1-7 against Ohio State. The Zips’ only win was in 1894 at the Ohio State Fair. The Buckeyes are only the Big Ten team the Zips have beaten. Akron is 1-22 against ranked opponents since joining the Football Bowl Subdivision in 1987.