COLUMBUS—As expected Ohio State loaded the box Saturday in an effort to stop tailback Anthony Davis and the Wisconsin running game. That scheme allowed the Badgers to pick their spots to go over the top and tight end Owen Daniels benefited, catching four passes for 72 yards.
Daniels took advantage of matchups to get open down field and found soft spots in the Buckeyes' coverages. He also simply made plays, including receptions of 31 and 23 yards to set up a touchdown and a field goal, respectively.
"Owen's made some unbelievable catches throughout the season," quarterback John Stocco said. "He's just a big-play guy. He can create a lot of problems for the defense."
Stocco also found tight end Jason Pociask for a rare reception—the 19-yard completion was Pociask's fourth of his career, third this season and marked the longest pass reception of his career and the most receiving yards in a game in his career.
Stocco completed two passes to running backs, one resulting in another hurdle for fullback Matt Bernstein. In what is becoming an open-field trademark, Bernstein caught a pass in the flats and leapt over a defender on his way to a nine-yard reception. Bernstein ran for a first down on the next play, which was followed by Davis' 31-yard touchdown run.
Daniels' big plays a boon for passing game
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