Saturday, September 10, 2011

OHIO STATE-TOLEDO GAME NOTES

Ohio State tight end Jake Stoneburner catches his fourth touchdown of the season on the Buckeyes opening series against Toledo Saturday at Ohio Stadium. (The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)
COLUMBUS — Game notes from 15th-ranked Ohio State's 27-22 victory over Toledo on Saturday at Ohio Stadium ...

— Ohio State junior tight end Jake Stoneburner started right where he left off against Akron in last week's season opener, making a magnificent one-handed grab on a 26 yard touchdown early in the first quarter from quarterback Joe Bauserman.

— The jubilation from Stoneburner's snag would be short-lived, though, as the Toledo Rockets blocked a punt by Ben Buchanan on the Buckeyes' next offensive series, returning it to the 1-yard line.

Rockets quarterback Austin Dantin would hit Eric Page on a crossing route giving Toledo its first score of the afternoon. It was followed by a two-point conversion thrown by the junior wide receiver Page.

— After Buckeyes kicker Drew Basil missed a 47-yard field goal wide left in the first quarter, Toledo struck again. This time, though, it was quarterback Terrance Owens finding Eric Page on a 66 yard touchdown strike.

Second Quarter ...

— Things went from bad to worse on the first series of the second quarter as starting sophomore wide receiver Philly Brown would be carted off the field after a player rolled on his leg during a Carlos Hyde run. The extent of the injury is unknown at this time.

— Ohio State capitalized on its excellent starting field position during their second series of the quarter as Hyde broke out on a 36-yard touchdown scamper, cutting the Rockets' lead to one, 15-14.

— The Buckeyes' defense would come alive in the quarter, as junior middle linebacker Storm Klein intercepted an Owens' pass and returned it 18 yards to the OSU 45. During the next series, on a crucial third down, defensive lineman Garrett Goebel busted through the Toledo front for a sack of Dantin.

— With one minute to go in the half, Toledo punted to wide receiver Chris fields who throttled up the RPM's behind some outstanding blocking for a 69-yard return for a touchdown, giving Ohio State a six-point lead at the half, 21-15.

Third Quarter ...

— The second half began with the Rockets marching after a big play from running back Adonis Thomas, who took a short pass from Dantin for 44 yards down the right sideline to the OSU 16. There was a face mask penalty by safety C.J. Barnett on the play setting up first and goal from the 8.

The pitch-and-catch, plus the untimely penalty, eventually set up an Adonis touchdown plunge from four yards out on a fourth down and goal to go.

— OSU finally sniffed the smelling salts and put together a drive of their own. Bauserman would find the freshmen wideout from Massillon, Devin Smith, down the middle of the field for a 36-yard gain during the drive. It would be capped off a few plays later by Hyde's second touchdown run of the day from two yards out.

Fourth Quarter ...

— Neither team would be able to muster any points during the final quarter of action.

— The Buckeyes went three-and-out on its first series of the final stanza, and then had its second drive abrubtly end on a Rod Smith fumble at the Toledo 33.

— Toledo would drive 13 plays for 53 yards on its final series of the day, ending at the OSU 16 when Owens' pass intended for Kenny Stafford went incomplete.

— OSU held Toledo to only 3 of 16 on third downs and surrendered just 1.5 yards per carry on the day.

— Safety Orhian Johnson led the defense with nine tackles, followed by linebacker Etienne Sabino who finished with eight tackles (three for loss) and a sack. Defensive lineman John Simon and Jonathan Hankins were also able to sack the Rockets signal callers in the win.

— Bauserman finished 16-of-30 passing for 189 yards and a touchdown.

— Hyde led the Buckeyes in rushing with 76 yards on 20 carries and two scores.

— Ohio State is now 3-0 all-time against Toledo.

— Toledo wide receiver Eric Page finished with 12 receptions for 145 and two scores.  Page tallied 214 total yards in the defeat.