Ohio State vs. Illinois: Live Game Grades and Analysis for the Buckeyes

Dilan Ames@@DilanAmesNFLCorrespondent INovember 16, 2013

Ohio State has been tremendous all year long and should have another good day at the office against the Illini.
Ohio State has been tremendous all year long and should have another good day at the office against the Illini.Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Ohio State 60, Illinois 35

The Ohio State Buckeyes head to Illinois to take on the Illini in what should be an easy road win for OSU.

For the full box score, check out NCAA.com

Ohio State Buckeyes Game Grades
Positional Unit1st-Half GradeFinal Grade
Pass OffenseBB
Run OffenseAA+
Pass DefenseB-C
Run DefenseAB
Special TeamsBB-
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Game Analysis for the Ohio State Buckeyes

Passing Offense: Braxton Miller played pretty steadily through the second half of the game, keeping the Buckeyes in a position to win. Although he was more effective on his feet, Miller was still a help to his team en route to a victory.

Rushing Offense: Ohio State once again proved that it has one of the best rushing attacks in the country. Carlos Hyde had a monster game with 24 carries for 246 yards and four touchdowns. Miller also ran wild for 184 yards on 16 carries and one touchdown.

Passing Defense: Illinois quarterback Nate Scheelhaase started the game off slowly but made the Buckeyes secondary look pedestrian as the game went on. Ohio State allowed way too many chunks of yards—the secondary is the main reason why Illinois kept it competitive.

Rushing defense: OSU continued its control of the offensive line in the second half and did a good job of stopping the Illini from getting too much going in the running game. The run D did allow a pair of touchdowns, but overall did a good job.

Special Teams: A missed field goal by Drew Basil stunted OSU’s momentum at one point, but he rebounded with a 30-yard kick that pushed the Buckeyes ahead at a crucial time. 

Coaching: The Buckeyes did a good job of sticking to the run game with Miller and Hyde to keep their lead. Ohio State's defensive coaching wasn’t quite as effective. Overall, though, not a bad game by the coaching staff.

Carlos Hyde exploded for five touchdowns against the Illini.
Carlos Hyde exploded for five touchdowns against the Illini.Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images


1st-Half Analysis for the Ohio State Buckeyes

Passing Offense: Braxton Miller had a solid first half passing the ball, going 9-of-18 for 85 yards and a touchdown. Although some throws were spot-on, he did have a couple of off-target passes. Still, Miller is limiting his mistakes and is a big reason why the Buckeyes are up at the half.

Rushing Offense: Between the athleticism of Miller and the gritty running of Carlos Hyde, the Buckeyes have pounded the Illini on the ground throughout the first half. Hyde and Miller both scored on long touchdown runs, of 70 yards and 26 yards, respectively.

Passing Defense: Hot and cold is a good way to describe the passing defense of OSU in the first half. The Buckeyes made a handful of stops, but the offense of Illinois has been able to gain chunks of yards as well as a number of first downs. However, the Buckeyes still had two picks, one for a touchdown.

Rushing defense: Run defense was a strong point of the Buckeyes defense during the first half: OSU held the Illini to just 33 yards on 17 carries with zero touchdowns. Ohio State also had quite a few tackles behind the line.

Special Teams: Aside from a punt return for a touchdown, the Buckeyes special teams have done a great job pinning the Illini deep in their own territory.

Coaching: The Buckeyes offense was on and off throughout the first half and lacked aggressive play-calling. Ohio State may be up 35-14, but it should continue to pound the ball on the ground.