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Big Plays Go Way Of OSU Defense By End

James Laurinaitis

For a second season in a row, the numbers were not pretty when the Ohio State defense was finished with Illinois, but this time that did not matter. Ohio State took home a 30-20 victory Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Champaign because while big plays came in bunches, they also went the way of the Buckeyes at times.

Saturday the Fighting Illini piled up 455 yards and 25 first downs. They did their damage with balance (214 yards rushing and 241 through the air) and averaged 6.6 yards per play. That was after piling up 260 rushing and 400 overall with 19 first downs in the 2007 meeting, but the most important digits on the scoreboard told a different story this time. Yes, Juice Williams, Daniel Dufrene... Recommended Stories