They only had one tackle for loss against the Hawkeyes, and the defense struggled to stop the Hawkeyes’ tight end-oriented offense in the first half. The Ohio State offense came alive in the second half and bailed out the struggling defense. The Buckeyes earned their seventh win of the season because of the dominating offensive performance from quarterback Braxton Miller, running back Carlos Hyde, and the rest of the offense.
The Buckeye defense wanted to make up for their disappointing performance last week in their game this week against the Penn State Nittany Lions in Columbus. Head coach Urban Meyer was concerned about his defense playing the way they were. He knows what they are capable of and knows they can play much better than they have been in recent weeks.
They definitely played up to their potential on Saturday night.
The Buckeyes sure did prove that they have a good pass rush defense. Most of that proof came from sophomore defensive end Noah Spence, who continually pressured Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg and did not give him a moment of peace the entire game. He sacked him twice and was in the backfield pressuring him on virtually every play. The pressure even caused Hackenberg to throw two interceptions, and he was held to 112 yards and a touchdown. Spence also forced a fumble and had a tackle for loss.
Cornerback Bradley Roby was covering a top receiver in Allen Robinson and was able to keep him relatively quiet for most of the game.
Ohio State looked more like the championship-caliber team that they are, and it was all because of the great improvement of the defense and the continued impressive performance of the offense.
Both the offense and the defense need to continue to play the way they did against Penn State, and they will be even more unstoppable than they have been all season.