It was all Ohio in tonight's Big 33 game as the Buckeye State's squad smashed Pennsylvania in every facet of the game for a 38-7 victory. The Ohio defense put on a tremendous performance as they controlled the game from the beginning, and Ohio offense did their part as well, putting up over 400 total yards.
The Buckeye State thoroughly dominated the first half. A TD catch by Miami (OH) bound Ryne Robinson and a run by Ben Mauk gave Ohio a 14-0 first quarter lead, but the real story was the defense as Pennsylvania could barely move on the outstanding Ohio squad. David Patterson (OSU), Brandon Maupin (OSU), Keilen Dykes (Y'Town Chaney, WVU), Reggie Smith (OSU), and Ray Edwards (Cin. Woodward, Purdue) were all over the place as PA had no answer for them.
Ohio stretched it to a 21-0 lead in the second quarter as Mauk hit Robinson again for a TD to cap off a drive that featured a nice grab by Louis Irizarry and the playmaking ability of Cincinnati Princeton star Mike Daniels, and then a fumble gave Ohio the ball right back. They would make it 28-0 soon after that on a short TD run by Justin Valentine. The Pennsylvania squad looked deflated as they could get nothing done offensively and had a hard time stopping Ohio on defense. PA had -9 yards rushing in the first half and -6 total yards. Ohio had 239 total yards and 11 first downs to PA's 1.
The second half brought more of the same. Ohio stretched the lead to 31-0, while PA added a late TD after Ryan Mundy made a nice punt return that set up a QB run for the TD. Ohio added another TD with less than a minute in the game on a nifty run by Mike Daniels to make the final score 38-7.
On the evening, Pennsylvania had 31 total yards. Ben Mauk was MVP for Ohio as he threw for 237 yards on 11 of 29 passing and two TDs. Paul Posluszny was named MVP for PA.
- As mentioned, the defensive line was dominant. Ray Edwards and David Patterson were in the backfield quite a bit, as was Brandon Maupin. PA's front did not stack up. The PA offense was not able to get much of anything all night.
- Devin Jordan made a nice deep catch that put Ohio in position to score late in the second quarter, but they couldn't punch it in. Louis Irizarry looked very good and looks ready to go.
- Miami (OH)'s Ryne Robinson looked good tonight. Robinson and Jerrid Gaines look like they will be real players for the RedHawks.
- The win breaks a three-game losing streak for Ohio in this game. Kenton head coach Mike Mauk moves to 2-0 as a Big 33 coach.