Ohio State 31 Navy 27

It would have been the biggest upset in the history of Navy football. However four turnovers proved too costly for the Midshipmen as their fourth quarter rally fell just short as they lost to number six Ohio State, 31-27 in front of 105,092 fans at Ohio Stadium. Ricky Dobbs scored four touchdowns and had 239 yards of total offense for Navy.

The Buckeye's Brian Rolle intercepted Dobbs' potential tying 2-point conversion with just over two minutes to play in the closing minutes and returned it for two points to complete the scoring on the day. The Mids on-sides kick attempt went out of bounds and Ohio State was able to run out the clock. It was a thrilling ending to a game that was thought to be over just over four minutes earlier.

That was when Ohio State coach Jim Tressel decided to go for it on fourth-and-2 at their own 15 yard line with 6:30 left in the game. If he decides to attempt a very makeable field goal, the Buckeyes would have gone up by three scores (32-14) and the game would have been pretty much over.

However, Navy's Tyler Simmons made a huge stop on fourth down to give the Mids hope and on the next play, Dobbs hit Marcus Curry over the middle on a pass play and the sophomore slot back out raced the defense for a 85-yard touchdown. Just like that, Navy was only down by eight, 29-21.

On the ensuing series, Buckeyes all-everything quarterback Terrelle Pryor overthrew his intended receiver and the ball was deflected into the hands of Navy's Emmett Merchant for the interception. After a 28 yard return by Merchant, Navy had the ball at the Ohio State 33 yard line. Three plays later, Dobbs silenced the entire state of Ohio when he rushed for a 24-yard touchdown. The score was 29-27 and all Navy needed was a two-point conversion to tie the game. However, Rolle stepped in front of the Navy receiver to intercept Dobb's pass and raced 99 yards for the very rare 2 point play.

It was a tough ending for Dobbs and Navy's offense which will have plenty to ponder on a day that saw the unit turn the ball over four times yet still manage to put a scare into the sixth-ranked Buckeyes.

Ohio State scored first on the day, on their first possession when Pryor hit Dane Sanzenbacher over the middle for a 38-yard touchdown pass. However, Navy responded with an impressive 15-play, 80 yard drive which was capped off by Dobbs first of four touchdowns on the day. This one was a 16-yard run.

With the score tied at 7, Ohio State went right down the field again, however Navy's defense stiffened inside the 10-yard line which forced the Buckeyes to settle for a 23-yard field goal by Aaron Pettrey.

The teams exchanged punts before Navy committed its first turnover on the day. Dobbs, on an option keeper was stripped of the ball and it was recovered by Ross Homan. The fumble proved very costly as Ohio State marched right down the field behind Pryor, who ended this drive with a two-yard run.

Ohio State would add a field goal to make the score at halftime, 20-7.

The two teams exchanged punts on the first two possessions of the second half, and on Navy's second possession they did the unthinkable. After Ohio State's punt was downed at the one-yard line, the Mids marched 99 yards on 15 plays and on 3rd and 13 from the Ohio State 16-yard line, Dobbs scored his second touchdown of the day. This time he did it with his arm, hitting Marcus Curry in the corner of the end zone for the score.

Two Ohio State scoring drives and two Navy turnovers gave the Buckeyes the lead 29-14 with just over six minutes to play.

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