Friday, October 23, 2009

PREVIEW: BUCKS GOAL IS SIMPLE ... HOLD ON TO THE FOOTBALL

COLUMBUS — When you commit five turnovers, rush for 66 yards, surrender five sacks and possess the ball for less than 24 minutes — while going three-and-out five times — upset losses to one-win teams are surely to ensue.

That's exactly what happened last Saturday to the Ohio State Buckeyes, as they fumbled the ball away three times, tossed two interceptions, were dominated at the line of scrimmage and committed costly penalties, en route to being upset by the lowly Purdue Boilermakers, 26-18.

Cutting down on the turnovers is the top priority this Saturday when the No. 18 Buckeyes (5-2, 3-1) play host to Minnesota (4-3, 2-2) at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel hopes his team now understands just how important holding onto the football means to their success.

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