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Defense gets a mulligan

After disaster on first play, Ohio State shows improvement in victory over Purdue

Updated: October 21, 2012, 1:44 PM ET
By Austin Ward | BuckeyeNation

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The same old problems popped right back up.

After spending a full week analyzing what had gone wrong defensively and vowing to return to its traditional ways on defense, it took exactly one play for Ohio State's recurring issues to reappear.

The pass rush couldn't quite get home, the coverage broke down, and Purdue sprinted into the end zone and out to an early lead after just one snap on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. The bright side for the Buckeyes, though, was that ...

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