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Saturday, September 11, 2010
Williams pick boosts Buckeyes early

By Adam Rittenberg

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- That didn't take long.

Ohio State defensive end Nathan Williams, out since mid August with a sprained knee, made his presence felt right away against Miami. Of course, he had a major assist from sophomore strong safety C.J. Barnett.

Barnett's pass deflection went right into Williams' arms, and Williams rumbled into the Miami red zone with his first career interception. It has to be a big confidence boost for Barnett, a surprise starter in Week 1. Williams, a rush end who fills Thad Gibson's role, is a difference maker for the Buckeyes who provided a spark late last season.

On the flip side, Terrelle Pryor and the offense couldn't convert the turnover into a touchdown. The Buckeyes appeared to score on a Dan Herron run, but an unnecessary holding penalty on DeVier Posey negated it and eventually forced a field goal. Herron definitely could have scored without Posey's hold.

Pryor looks a bit shaky so far, but if Ohio State continues its opportunistic play on defense, it shouldn't matter.