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Saturday, September 11, 2010
Ohio State defense gets critical stop

By Adam Rittenberg

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State's defense had done a masterful job of forcing turnovers, but the Buckeyes really needed a simple stop, and they got one.

Miami's offense has looked very good since halftime, and the Hurricanes had a glimmer of hope following Devin Barclay's missed field goal. But after allowing the Canes to cross midfield, the Buckeyes forced a turnover on downs and regained control.

Ohio State always has had a bend-but-don't-break defense, and today's performance is truly emblematic of how it plays. Miami has made plays here and there, but the Buckeyes keep coming up big in their own end of the field.

Terrelle Pryor just rushed for a big first down, and Ohio State is in command, up 36-24 with about five minutes left.