Friday, October 2, 2009

PREVIEW: CAN BUCKEYES DEFENSE PITCH ANOTHER SHUTOUT?

BLOOMINGTON, IND. — Ever since giving up a two-point conversion late in a loss to Southern California on September 12, the Ohio State defense has been in a bad, bad mood.

In the two games since that 18-15 defeat to the Trojans, the No. 9 Buckeyes have posted back-to-back shutouts on Toledo (38-0) and Illinois (30-0), playing with incredible tenacity and swagger, something that's been missing for the past few seasons.

This Saturday, the Buckeyes will travel to Bloomington for a showdown with upstart Indiana (3-1, 0-1), and even though the Hoosiers have been impressive thus far this season on offense — averaging 28.2 points and nearly 400 yards per game — the goal for the Buckeyes defense will be posting a third straight shutout.

"The good thing about our guys defensively is they go into every game wanting a shutout and then they play each play," Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel said. "Wanting a shutout is in the back of their minds ... "

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