Coming into the season ranked No. 2 in the nation, the Ohio State Buckeyes faced the Miami Hurricanes this past Saturday in front of a crowd of thousands; the majority of the thousands being excited Buckeyes fans that is. At the start of the game, the composed Miami quarterback Jacory Harris and his teammates seemed to have everything under control. They kept things close early on. But it didn’t take long for the ‘Canes offense to crash and burn, never to catch up again.
Much credit goes to the Buckeyes defense, as they kept Harris quiet throughout, well essentially the entire game. The Miami offense and defense as a whole had their struggling moments in this one, missing a number of tackles. Not to mention, their receivers dropping balls left and right. Could it have been the crowd that affected their performance? Or was the Buckeyes defense just too much for them to handle? Either way, Miami was not able to get the job done, turnovers being the key to them going down to Ohio State.
These two clubs have had a rich history together. And they have given football nation some lasting memories over the years. But this one was nothing near the double overtime classic in 2003. Too many mistakes and miscommunications made this game appear to be nothing close to the normal showdowns that fans are used to seeing.
On a brighter note, Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor led his team, running for 113 yards and a touchdown. He threw for 233 yards for yet another touchdown for Ohio State. Harris was not the only QB feeling pressure from this game as Pryor is a potential contender for this year’s Heisman Trophy. The Buckeye offense racked up a total of 260 yards, with Miami getting not even half of their yardage at 104. Jim Tressel’s squad put on a great one, defeating Miami 36-24.