Though Ohio State had averaged 62,000+ for the better part of the last decade, 37,643 Southwest Ohio Buckeyes were able to take in the Bucks' 2013 spring game as the Scarlet team (led by starting quarterback Braxton Miller predominately) outclassed their Gray counterparts, 31-14.
Braxton Miller finished the 2013 spring game 16-25, 217 yards, with two passing touchdowns, and a rushing touchdown. The sophomore dynamic defensive end duo of Adolphus Washington and Noah Spence were another highlight, raining terror down on opposing signal callers all afternoon, with Spence recording three first half sacks and Washington finishing with 4. Accordingly, this also raises a number of questions about Ohio State's offensive line depth, but you have to wonder how many of those sequences would've not resulted in sacks in a less liberally called non-scrimmage environment.
Another stand out player was freshman Eli Apple. Apple had a huge early pass breakup and later not only forced a fumble on a corner back blitz but recovered the loose ball on the sequence. It looks like the Buckeyes may have some competition for their third cornerback spot. The enigmatic Curtis Grant had an impact in a big way, finishing with 10 tackles. Sophomore linebacker (and projected starter) Joshua Perry contributed seven of his own.
"Mr. Spring" Michael Thomas had himself another afternoon with a touchdown catch and another big first half catch, finishing with 7 catches for 79 yards and the score. Junior Devin Smith also pulled down five grabs for 76 yards and a TD of his own.
"You get stuck with some guys that haven’t played a whole lot. And they get exposed in a game like this. We have some work to do with our offensive linemen, and we have to some work to do with our wide receivers. That was glaring today," head coach Urban Meyer said after the game.
For those that missed it, the Big Ten Network will air a replay at 7:00 p.m. EDT.