Chris "Beanie" Wells and Tyrelle Pryor became the first Ohio State players since 2005 to crack the…
Big Plays Go Way Of OSU Defense By End
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 and Jeff Cumberland all had runs of more than 20 yards. Aurrelious Benn hauled in a 30-yard catch and A.J. Jenkins gained 24 yards on another, but the Buckeye defenders were game when they needed to be. They sacked Williams, the Fighting Illini quarterback, twice and intercepted him once. They also forced him to fumble, a first-quarter miscue that led to Ohio State's first...
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