Sunday, November 15, 2015

On The Mark 11.15.15: #Buckeyes vs. Illinois Recap

Elliot, defense lead the Buckeyes to a 28-3 win over the Fighting Illini
By @MarkW2112

J.T. Barrett returned to start at quarterback for the Ohio State Buckeyes against the Illinois Fighting Illini in Champaign this afternoon. But it was Ezekiel Elliot who was the true star on offense as well as a tough as nails defense who lead the way to a 28-3 victory.

Elliott had 181 yards and 2 touchdowns, his 15th game in a row of 100 rushing yards or more. Barrett had 150 yards passing and 74 yards rushing with a passing touchdown to Michael Thomas and one rushing touchdown. The game started out with the Buckeyes at the Illini goal line but twice the refs denied touchdowns to Barrett at the goal line which led to a missed field goal. After that, the offense did have it's struggles, especially on the offensive line, but the Buckeyes were able to move the ball and score when needed.

On defense, the Buckeyes were relentless against quaterback Wes Lent and the Illini offense. Lent did throw for 241 yards but was only able to get his team 3 points. The Buckeyes were able to hold the Illini to 20 yards total rushing yards. It was a long day due to spectacular plays by Joey Bosa, Raekwon McMillen and the Buckeyes secondary.

My take: The Buckeyes appeared to take this game very conservatively, more than likely keeping their full deck of cards close to the vest. While sluggish in spots, the Buckeyes offense were able to score when they needed to.

Player of the game: Ezekiel Elliott with his 181 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns.

Next for the Buckeyes: Michigan State at the Horseshoe next Saturday at 3:30 PM on ABC

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