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Tight Ends Come Up Big Against N.C. State
With the running game nonexistent against N.C. State on Saturday, Ohio State found a new way to exploit an opposing defense -- going to the tight ends. Starting tight end Ben Hartsock enjoyed a career day with seven catches for 65 yards, including a touchdown in first overtime of OSU's 44-38 triple overtime win over the Wolfpack. "Ben had a field day, a career day," said backup tight end Ryan Hamby, who also came up big with a 2-yard touchdown grab in the second overtime. The N.C. State defense stacked up to stop the run, holding OSU to a net of 44 yards rushing on 32 attempts. But in doing that, the linebackers left the middle of the field available, and Hartsock took advantage of it. "It's difficult for those linebackers to trade off the tight end when we're coming across the middle like that," Hartsock said. "So I was able to get open a couple of times. We figured that out late in the game." Hartsock had one grab in the first half, two in the third quarter, one in the fourth...
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