Ohio State holds Spring Game
By JASON BOSTIC
Ohio State’s Scarlet team was victorious over the Gray on Saturday at the LiFE Sports Spring Game in Ohio Stadium in a 20–14 final.
In front of a crowd of 81,112 dedicated fans, the pads and helmets crashed in cool, wet, fall like weather that they will see later this year.
While it may not get as much attention from everyone, the die-hard Buckeye fans were out in support of their team and to see just what head coach Urban Meyer had been up to since arriving to Columbus. While he may have referred to the game as “not pretty,” it was very clear by the end of the day just who was stepping up and that there was clearly going to be competition for positions on the field.
Part of the competitive side was shown before the official clock began running for the game. Ohio State coaches set up their “circle drill” at midfield where two players square off in a one-on-one battle of strength and dominance. John Simon and Jack Mewhort opened the drill and some of the additional battles were between Jake Stoneburner and Zach Boren, and Braxton Miller vs. Kenny Guiton.
Notable leader at the quarterback position, sophomore Miller was 24-for-31 with one interception for 258 yards. Gunning for that backup position to Miller was Guiton who was 17 for 26 for 191-yards with a 28-yard touchdown reception to Devin Smith. He threw an interception on the Gray’s last drive of the day — Christian Bryant picking the ball off in the red zone with the Scarlet holding on to a 20–14 lead.
Scarlet led, 13–7, at halftime as Miller threw for 197 yards in the half, completing 16-of-22 passes Thomas, the nephew of USC great and former pro Keyshawn Johnson, caught eight passes in the half for 78 yards. Chris Fields had three catches for 50 yards.
A Carlos Hyde one-yard run staked Scarlet to a 7–0 lead less than 3 minutes into the contest. Drew Basil hit a 41-yard field goal for a 10–0 lead but Gray scored inside of a minute to go in the first half as Guiton found Smith over the middle with a laser of a throw that Smith hauled in and then sprinted untouched into the end zone.
Basil kicked a 32-yard field goal to end the half.
Guiton scored on a 4-yard run late in the third quarter and Smith capped a 65-yard drive with less than five minutes to play for the final points of the day.
Despite the results from the quarterback duo, Meyer still had his reservations.
“We know we can run at quarterback. We didn’t run it one time today. What we don’t know — and, unfortunately, even after the spring game I still don’t know — is if we can throw the ball. That was the objective today. I have a better opinion of some guys now.”
Rod Smith of the Scarlet capped off his 47-yard rushing day with a seven-yard winning touchdown run with 5:29 left in the fourth quarter.