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Saturday, November 14, 2009
Ohio State's O-line came to play

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State's offensive line has taken a ton of criticism the last few years, and for good reason.

The Buckeyes have recruited offensive linemen better than almost any team in the country, but they haven't received consistent results.

But Ohio State's line came to play today. The Buckeyes are generating excellent push against Iowa's front four, and running backs Brandon Saine and Dan Herron are capitalizing. Saine capped an 8-play drive with a dynamic 22-yard touchdown run, though it was questionable whether he got in the end zone. After doing nothing offensively in the first quarter, Ohio State has dominated time of possession to take a 10-3 lead.

James Vandenberg has been fine at quarterback for Iowa, but he's not getting enough help from his wide receivers or the Hawkeyes defensive linemen, two areas of strength for this team.