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For Buckeye Defense, Speed Kills

Nathan Williams

Ohio State doubled Wisconsin's jeopardy in stopping the powerful Badger rushing attack Saturday during a 31-13 victory at Ohio Stadium. By forcing the Badgers to throw, the Buckeyes were able to take advantage of a strength of their own: speed off the edge.

Stopping the run is first on the list of things defensive coordinators want to do, but in this case the Buckeyes were not only able to take away their opponent's strength, they also forced Wisconsin to fall back on what turned out to be a weakness. While the Badger offensive line had the power to open some holes in the running game, their size turned out to be a liability when it came time to... Recommended Stories