Yes, the Ohio State Buckeyes beat the Northern Illinois Huskies 20-13 at Ohio Stadium today. But on this day, it was the defense that won it for the Buckeyes. The offense struggled mightily against a very stout NIU defense.
Defensively, the Bucks were incredible, with Darron Lee leading the way with an interception for a touchdown which, in essence, won the game for Ohio State. NIU quarterback Drew Hare was harrassed all day, throwing for only 80 yards and 2 interceptions.
My thoughts: The Buckeyes offense has to be a concern. Neither Jones nor Barrett seperated themselves today. In fact, Jones appears to have regressed from the end of last season. But you have to give it up to NIU who played a heck of game themselves defensively. At this point, the defense is keeping the Bucks in games. This needs to change if they expect to beat the creme of the Big 10 crop, Michigan State.
Turning point: Again, Darron Lee's interception for a touchdown.
Next game: Against Western Michigan at Ohio Stadium next Saturday