Bob Asmussen's take on Saturday's 60-35 Ohio State win
Player of the Game: Ohio State’s Carlos Hyde
For the third consecutive game, an opposing runner hit the 200-yard mark. Not good, except if you are Hyde. Nice bounce back from the troubled offseason to a 246-yard, four-TD game against the Illini.
Illinois B, Ohio State A
The Illini would have earned an A if not for the turnovers. The Buckeyes just missed gaining 600 yards despite a shaky day throwing by Braxton Miller. Loren Tate called him “Wild.”
Illinois D, Ohio State C
The Illini did manage to force seven punts and made just enough stops to keep the game within reach. The Buckeyes never would have guessed they’d need another Bradley Roby return for a touchdown.
Illinois B+, Ohio State C-
V’Angelo Bentley got the fans off their feet with a 67-yard punt return for a touchdown midway through the second quarter. It was the first punt return TD for the Illini in 10 years and allows us to put the name E.B. Halsey back in the paper.
Illinois B, Ohio State B
Lots of points. Lots of bad defense. And the Illini easily covering the pointspread. Have to think control-freak Urban Meyer didn’t see that one coming.