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Friday the 21st of September the Buckeyes succumbed to Indiana University in a battle of the Titans of the Big Ten in Rugby in Bloomington at Cooley Law School Stadium 27-20 loss.
The Buckeyes arrived in Bloomington with a 4-0 record, and 1-0 in the Big Ten. On September 14th in Columbus the Buckeyes handled the Wildcats of Kentucky in a non-conference battle (closer than it should have been) 39-31. The following week they would manhandle the Boilermakers of Purdue in West Lafayette 42-19.
But now, we speak of the 21st in Indiana…..
The Buckeyes won the flip to receive….
The Buckeyes would march and reciprocate on the penalties mustered by the Hoosiers, hitting a penalty kick at the IU 22. Buckeyes up 3-0.
IU scrum at the Buckeyes 5 meter along with a host of Buckeyes penalties resulted in a penalty kick – and a miss.
Josh Leidich with a line break that Mike Kwarteng finish(es) off. Kick not good. The Buckeyes would be up 8-0 14 minutes into the game.
IU then would drive off a scrum on a forward try. The kick missed. Buckeyes still up 8-5.
The Buckeyes then forced a knock on but soon thereafter leads to an IU score in the corner. The kick would be good. 12-8 IU.
IU followed by “way too many penalties” via the Buckeyes would lead to an IU score under the posts. The kick would be good. IU up 19-8.
The Buckeyes respond quickly (in less than five minutes) with a Ben Richards tryt. The kick missed. But the Buckeyes inched up 19-13. IU up.
IU’s try in the corner soon thereafter from a break off the scrum and “why” so many missed tackles would generate a 24-13 after a missed kick. 18 minutes remained to play.
The Buckeyes would present a problem called penalties. IU capitalized with a kick presented by these mistakes – hitting the posts – making it 27-13 IU.
The Buckeyes would finally show so “muster”, scoring under the posts – the kick would be good. IU still up 27-20.
This would be the final as the Buckeyes fell to 4-1 overall and 1-1 in the Big Ten.
Next week the Buckeyes head to Minnesota for another Big Ten match.