Big Ten: Cooper Stephenson
September, 12, 2009
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Special teams and field position have always been hallmarks of good Jim Tressel-coached teams, and Ohio State is maximizing those elements in tonight's game.
The Buckeyes have been extremely sharp on special teams, while USC has stumbled, shorting a 44-yard field-goal attempt and taking a safety on a bad punt snap by Cooper Stephenson. Ohio State punter Jon Thoma is having an outstanding game, consistently pinning USC deep in its own territory, and the Buckeyes defensive line has kept the Trojans there.
If Terrelle Pryor and the offense can capitalize on such favorable field position, Ohio State will be in excellent shape for a victory.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
12:00 PM ET Iowa Pittsburgh 12:00 PM ET Eastern Michigan 11 Michigan State 12:00 PM ET Western Illinois Northwestern 12:00 PM ET Southern Illinois Purdue 12:00 PM ET Bowling Green 19 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET Maryland Syracuse 3:30 PM ET Utah Michigan 3:30 PM ET Rutgers Navy 4:00 PM ET Massachusetts Penn State 4:00 PM ET San Jose State Minnesota 4:00 PM ET Texas State Illinois 4:00 PM ET Indiana 18 Missouri 8:00 PM ET Miami (FL) 24 Nebraska