Anchors Away: Ohio State Slips By Navy

Michael ClineSenior Analyst ISeptember 5, 2009

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 05:  Quarterback Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes tries to elude the tackle of Blake Carter #1 of the Navy Midshipmen at Ohio Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Columbus, Ohio.  Pryor ran for one touchdown and threw for one touchdown as Ohio State narrowly defeated Navy 31-27. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Stop the presses and pass the Tums.

The Ohio State Buckeyes were 21-point favorites heading into Saturday's midday clash with the Navy Midshipmen, but the Navy wasn't about to surrender.

Buckeye fans have grown fairly accustomed to close finishes and big losses, but to lose to a non-ranked opponent at home on opening day would've been a pillar of salt in an open wound.

But thanks to a Brian Rolle interception, the Buckeyes' season wasn't lost in week one.

Navy had the chance to tie the game at 29 with a two-point conversion, but Ricky Dobbs' pass attempt was plucked out of the air and returned the distance, giving Ohio State a 31-27 lead, and the ball back.

From there Terrelle Pryor was able to run the clock down and secure the victory.

But victory isn't always as sweet as they make it out to be.

Saturday's win brought more questions than answers and with the USC Trojans visiting the Horseshoe in seven days, everyone in Columbus is looking kind of crazy.

With "35-3" etched in our memory, it's difficult not to be a little worried.

But nevertheless, there is always hope.

Hope that Tressel can make the necessary adjustments and have a good week of practice in preparation for the defending Pac-10 Champions.

Hope that Pryor will never again ask to go for it on 4th and 2.

Hope that Aaron Pettrey has missed his last point after attempt.

On the bright side, the offense looked good. 

The running back tandem of Dan Herron and Brandon Saine was impressive and our wide receivers looked on point.

Duron Carter is giving older fans a nostalgic feeling and Dane Sanzenbacher continues to make us proud. 

The defense struggled at times with Navy's triple option offense, but they seemed to adjust well and were able to make big plays when needed.

They forced the Midshipmen into three turnovers, which all but secured the win for the Buckeyes.

One week down and the biggest game of the year is less than seven days away. 

If you ate all the Tums this week, be sure to grab an extra pack by September 12.