Saturday, October 27, 2012
Buckeyes defense pursues perfection
By Austin Ward
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The collective unit had effectively already helped clinch yet another win.
That didn't spare Urban Meyer's headset from some punishment after the defense gave up a late touchdown.
Individually, Ryan Shazier had been a force in the backfield, turned the game with an interception return for a score and gave Ohio State one more prolific outing at linebacker.
That didn't keep him from getting an earful after a missed assignment that tightened up the final margin of victory.
The Buckeyes have bounced back from two of their worst defensive efforts of the season with a couple of the best, asserting themselves from the onset on Saturday evening at Beaver Stadium and only dialing up the aggressiveness from there.
But even with a victory in the bag that solidified Ohio State (9-0, 5-0) as the best team in the Big Ten and made it a clear favorite to collect a division trophy next month, the coach wasn't done working. If the Buckeyes are ultimately going to get to the level they want to reach down the road, they offered a reminder in the closing minutes of a 35-23 decision over Penn State (5-3, 3-1) that they won't ever be accepting any late lapses -- regardless of the score.
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