Ohio State Buckeyes Fall Just Short Again

Kyle Strittholt@Man0fSteel94Correspondent ISeptember 13, 2009

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 12:  Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs with the ball while defended by Taylor Mays #2 of the USC Trojans at Ohio Stadium on September 12, 2009 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

After the Buckeyes escaped Navy in a game that went down to the wire a lot of teams thought that the USC Trojans would roll into Columbus and eat this Ohio State team alive, but that wasn't the case.

Last week said nothing to how good Ohio State really is, because Navy is not a normal team to play.

Navy ran the triple option offense, in a formation known as the wishbone. This is a offense that requires a lot of focus to defend. They have a very small offensive line, so instead of trying to drive people back they cut block.

People looked at some of the things that happened late in that game and thought that the Buckeye defense was too soft to run with the USC offense, but they were wrong.

The defense played fantastic against the Trojans, and they completely did what they were supposed to do putting pressure on the freshman quarterback, and holding him to less than 50 percent completions.

In the running game they didn't give up nearly as much yardage as people would have thought, holding USC to a 118 yards between six players.

The only drive that the defense looked bad was the game winning drive for the Trojans, but Pryor and the offense didn't help them with trying to stay rested.

The game was put on Pryor's shoulders and he needed to have a huge game for the Buckeyes to win. Pryor didn't execute as well as I think he could have and that was the difference in the game.

Often times Pryor looked like the freshman quarterback with both quarterbacks throwing interceptions on the same route.

In order for the Buckeyes to have success Pryor can't be making more mistakes than he did last season. Obviously he has a lot more pressure this season because he doesn't have Todd Boeckman to back him up, but that shouldn't matter.

It's been said of Pryor that he strives for these big games, but the only game he's driven the Buckeyes down the field to win the game was last season against Wisconsin.

When you look at Pryor's throws there were two or three that could have easily went the other way if the receiver didn't make the play on the ball.

This team is growing this season, and they have to win every single game from here on out to possibly make it to the National Championship.

They're not out of the title talks yet, but this is a game that if they would have won they would have been a pick to be a contender.

They weren't embarrassed this week, and in some sort of way the came out of this game a victor, but only because they almost did what they needed to do.

You have to hand it to the Buckeyes they aren't playing teams that no one has ever heard of, and in this game they have learned a lot about themselves and I think they will come out strong next week against Toledo.

Toledo is not a bad team by any means, but I do feel sorry for them because the Buckeyes will be looking to go the distance and this will be their bounce back week.

After losing to Penn State last season the Buckeyes crushed Michigan State 45-7.

These games keep getting closer and closer and it's only a matter of time before they finally put it together and win one of these big games.