Don’t tell that to the Ducks, though. Oregon dominated the Buckeyes in the first half, holding Ryan Day’s usually potent offense to just seven points in the first 30 minutes of the game.
The offense, though, didn’t end up being Ohio State’s problem. It was the defense that failed to find a key stop as the Duck racked up 270 yards on the ground en route to a 35-28 win.
Following the loss, Ohio State defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs admitted the team’s performance was his fault. He also made it clear the defense will be much better the next time they step on the field.
“I love the scheme, I love the players, and to have the opportunity to be a football coach at Ohio State is a blessing, and I don’t take it lightly,” Coombs said. “I can assure you, we will get better.”
Coombs: “I love the scheme, I love the players, and to have the opportunity to be a football coach at Ohio State is a blessing, and I don’t take it lightly. I can assure you, we will get better.”
— Griffin Strom (@GriffinStrom3) September 11, 2021
Thankfully for Ohio State, the Buckeyes won’t face another tough test for the next few weeks. Ohio State faces off against Tulsa next weekend before another home game against Akron the following week.
It’s a great opportunity for the defense to bounce back before Big Ten play kicks in later this season.
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