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NCF Nation: Mark Parson

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State's senior stars returned for another run at the national title. They probably didn't think Ohio University would stand in their way.

The Buckeyes need a rally in the fourth quarter to avoid their first loss to an in-state team since 1921. The good news is the offense has finally shown up.

Quarterback Todd Boeckman led a 13-play, 73-yard scoring drive capped by a 1-yard touchdown from by Dan "Boom" Herron in the closing minutes of the quarter. The offensive line finally opened holes for Herron and Boeckman, who showcased his scrambling ability. Ohio State is driving again in the Ohio red zone and should take the lead soon.

If the Bobcats fall, they'll undoubtedly look back to a play at the end of the third quarter. After forcing a three-and-out, Ohio's Mark Parson fumbled a punt and Buckeyes defensive back Shaun Lane recovered at the Bobcats' 25-yard line, amazingly keeping the ball and his body in bounds. Ohio is now losing the turnover battle 3-1, which is never a good sign for an upset.

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