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Friday, January 1, 2010
Buckeyes D-line mauling Masoli early

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

PASADENA, Calif. -- Ohio State's defensive front has drawn comparisons to the 2002 version that helped the Buckeyes win the national championship.

So far, the front four is dominating this game. Cameron Heyward and Thaddeus Gibson already have tackles for losses, and Ohio State is forcing a run-heavy Oregon offense into third-and-long situations, which puts pressure on the Ducks' underused receivers and quarterback Jeremiah Masoli.

About the only negative for Ohio State's defense was a dropped interception by safety Anderson Russell, which could have been returned for a score. Masoli likely hasn't seen so many defensive linemen in the backfield since the Boise State game.

As expected, Ohio State is dominating possession time and has a chance to add to its 7-0 lead.