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This one, at Beekman Field, on Saturday the 18th, started with way too many silly mistakes on field-play by both teams. The Buckeyes would be the first to gather their composure and flip the negativity into a positive on a Illinois lineout passed with a steal.
The Buckeyes would force a penalty deep into Illinois territory – Center Ryan Bradfield hitting quick taps would dive over the libe for a try. The kick after by Conor Forrestal is good and the Buckeyes were the first to score after 12 minutes – making it 7-0 Scarlet and Gray up.
The Buckeyes would return to the next series putting up several good phases, forwards finish with flanker Mike Kwarteng. The kick would be good. The Buckeyes are suddenly ahead 14-0 midway in the first.
The Buckeyes would continue the march with a steal on an Illinois lineout and wing Vince Carso takes it down the line to the corner. The conversion from Forrestal is good and OSU finds themselves up 21-0 with 17 minutes left until the half will come to an end.
Multiple OSU penalties give Illinois a kick on the goal – it isn’t good, 22 drop.
Illinois forces a turnover and a kick chase turns into a score. The conversion is no good. OSU is up 21-5 as the half nears.
The Buckeyes with a scrum at the Illini 5-meter line. Illinois would force a knock on their scrum at their own 5.
The half comes into a reality. The Buckeyes are up 21-5.
The 2nd delivers plenty of activity but no scoring until 15 minutes remain as Nolan Skelly plows over for a try. The kick ventures far right. The Buckeyes now make it 26-5.
The Buckeyes would have another scrum at the Illinois 5. Andrew Baldado with a grubber through that Timmy Vanderhoof sells out – Vince Carso taps it down for the score. Kick is no good. OSU is up 31-5 with 10 minutes to play.
OSU adds another – Jim Anderson comes on and finishes off a score. Kick is good. OSU is up 38-5 with less than 6 minutes remaining.
Illinois responds quickly with a muscled try – kick good. The score is now 38-12 – now only 4 minutes to remain.
The Illini finishes strong. A charged down kick turns into another try, the kick fails. The Buckeyes now lead 38-17. This is the final. The Buckeyes are now 4-1 with Big 10 Play and 7-1 overall. Next week will be on the road with a guaranteed blood bath in Madison, Wisconsin against the Badgers of Wisconsin.
See you there.