The Buckeyes arrived in Chicago (yes – Chicago) to battle another Big 10 foe, the Minnesota Golden Gophers @ the Chicago Lions Rugby Football Club’s field. They came into this one 1-1 in the Big Ten and 4-1 overall. Following the Big Ten loss to the Indiana Hoosier’s last week (27-20) they were eager to right that wrong against Minnesota with a scheduled kickoff at 11 a.m. CDT.
It started with wing Vince Caruso with an early break-line break, a couple of tight phases before Ben Richards went over the line for a try. The kick by Conor Forrestal was good and the Buckeyes struck first – leading 7-0.
The Buckeyes would continue their early dominance by forcing a turnover and running a double digit phase as they were in pursuit of another score. Derek Hess would provide that score with a try over the line. Forrestal’s kick would be good. OSU is suddenly up 14-0 after only 12 minutes.
Andrew Baldado jumped on the Buckeye’s next possession with a live break off an ensuing kickoff – sidestepping the fullback before scoring under the posts. The kick is good. The Buckeyes increase their lead to 21-0 after 15 minutes of game time.
The Buckeyes began to pour it on now. With the ball on the working side line – lock, Joe O’Brien swept in under the posts. The kick by Forrestal is good, The Buckeye’s now held a 28-0 mid way in the first.
The Buckeyes followed that with another dominating possession as Nolan Skelly scored a try in sweeping fashion. The Forrestal kick failed – winding to the right. The Buckeye’s lead 33-0 with 18 minutes remaining in the first.
Multiple Buckeye penalties handed Minnesota an on-the-bird score in the corner. The conversion kick, actually delivered quite nicely, is good. The Buckeyes are now in the lead 33-7.
The Buckeyes add another, back peel-off, a lineout by Ben Richard which leads to a Luke Downs score. The kick is good and the Buckeyes increase their lead to 40-7 – as the break neared.
The Buckeyes open the 2nd half with a Conor Forrestal score in the corner. The kick is not good. It would show on the scoreboard the Buckeyes had increased their lead to 45-7.
The Buckeyes began to send subs in for some time on the clock (always important for the future). Meeks and Perrins would be in the backfield and Dawson in the front row. Jim Anderson too showed face.
Josh Leidich would soon force a Golden Gophers turnover with Nate Heister on a break and, frankly, an impressive offload to Luke Downs who’d score his send try of the day. The Forrestal kick is good. The Buckeyes shoot the score up to 52-7.
The Buckeyes go over the line again but held up on a goal as Minnesota forces a penalty on the ensuing scrum and clears to touch.
The Buckeyes then steal the lineout as Joe O’Brien makes a break and Nate Heister finishes off under the posts. The kick is good by Forrestal. The Buckeyes are now up 59-7.
Josh Leidich caps a fantastic drive with a try under the posts, converting his own score. The Buckeyes are now running away with it as the lead increases to 66-7..
Conor Forrestal with a clearing kick and Vince Caruso intercepts the outlet pass before scoring under the posts. Caruso with his own conversion and the Buckeyes shoot it up to 73-7.
That would be the final. The Buckeyes leave Chicago with their record now 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the Big Ten.
Up Next is TTUN in Columbus @ Fred Beekman Park. It’ll be a night (ie) scheduled for 7 p.m. See you there. There isn’t anything better than Rugby at night – the Blood isn’t so visible.