DEF NOTES: Mitchell notches 18 stops

LANCE MITCHELL GRABBED a career high 18 tackles, but Dwight Roberson didn't have that bad of an evening either.

  • The defense gave up 453 yards of total offense, 5.6 ypp, 278 yards on the ground, 5.1 ypc, 175 yards through the air, 10.3 ypc, while giving 28 first downs, 22 via the run and five by pass.

  • TCU converted 11 of 17 third downs while scoring 4 of 6 times in the redzone.

 

DEFENSIVE LINE

D

The defensive ends were largely a non-factor as were the defensive tackles at times.

Even Stephen Paea was held in check for most of the night -- there is definitely room to improve here.

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  • DT Stephen Paea had four tackles, including one sack -- the team's only sack of the game.

    He faced double and even triple teams the entire game, but also faced one on one coverage at times.|

  • DT Brennan Olander received the start next to Paea, but did not record a stat.

  • DE Dominic Glover recorded two tackles in his first game as a Beaver.

  • DE Taylor Henry made four tackles, including one for loss, in his first start.

    He was not very effective though and rarely got to the quarterback.

  • DE Gabe Miller made four tackles, but like Henry had a difficult time getting to the quarterback.

  • DT Kevin Frahm made one tackle in his debut at defensive tackle.

 

LINEBACKERS

D

The leader of the linebackers Dwight Roberson turned in a fine game, but the other players left much to be desired.

Time and time again TCU ran to the outside with the linebackers unable to shed their blocks.

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  • Nine different linebackers played in the game and recorded at least one tackle on defense.

  • LB Dwight Roberson picked off his first career pass. With TCU driving in the third quarter and about to go up by 14 points Roberson stepped in front of the tight end on third and short from the OSU 13.

    Roberson's pick setup Jacquizz Rodgers' 1-yard run to knot the game at 21.

    The senior linebacker also had a key pass deflection in the fourth quarter when he went horizontal to the turf on third three to give the Beavers the ball back with 4:09 to play.

  • MLB Rueben Robinson received the start against TCU, but split time equally with Tony Wilson

    Robinson finished with two tackles.

  • MLB Tony Wilson grabbed seven tackles in his first collegiate game.

  • LB Keith Pankey snagged five tackles, but had trouble shedding blocks.

  • True freshman Michael Doctor got plenty of snaps on the outside as the coaches tried to put a speedy player on the outside. He finished with two tackles.

  • Junior Cameron Collins lined up at linebacker, mainly on third down when the coaches were looking for speed on the outside. He concluded the game with one tackle.

 

SECONDARY

A

Despite a lack of pressure on the quarterback the secondary blanketed the TCU receivers resulting in Dalton having to scramble for a first down.

The secondary was solid at tackling as well.

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  • S Lance Mitchell’s 18 tackles were a career-high and ties him for eighth on OSU’s all-time single game list.

    Mitchell also made a 21-yard interception in the first quarter that setup the Beavers' first score. It was the fourth interception of his career.

  • S Suaesi Tuimaunei grabbed a career high 14 stops. He had a total of 41 tackles last year.

  • S Anthony Watkins saw his first action at safety. He finished with one tackle that came on a solid stick on a kickoff return.

  • CB Brandon Hardin finished with seven tackles and one pass breakup.

    The big cornerback turned in a fine game with several solid hits and tight pass coverage.

  • CB James Dockery had six tackles, but was rarely challenged deep -- and for good reason. Anytime the Horned Frogs tried to throw deep Dockery he was in stride with the receiver.

  • CB Jordan Poyer received his first game time snaps at cornerback. He had two tackles.

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