Ohio State Holds On For 31-27 Win Against Navy

Russell WightAnalyst ISeptember 6, 2009

EVANSTON, IL - NOVEMBER 11:  Head coach Jim Tressel of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks the sidelines during a game against the Northwestern Wildcats on November 11, 2006 at Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois. Ohio State defeated Northwestern 54-10.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Ohio State Buckeyes have often been accused of playing to the level of their competition. That was not the case this afternoon when the Midshipmen of Navy entered Ohio Stadium. This game went down to the final minutes because Navy is a quality opponent and was not intimidated by the crowd of 105,092, the largest ever to see a Buckeye season opener.

A win is a win, and Buckeye fans will definitely take this one. The afternoon could have turned out very differently if Brian Rolle was not able to intercept a two-point conversion pass and return it for a safety.

It certainly appeared that Terrelle Pryor has improved his throwing motion. He distributed the ball very well, checking down to secondary receivers if no opportunities were available deep. He only made one glaring mistake, which was the interception late in the game.

The offensive line looked pretty good. The running back combination of Dan Herron and Brandon Saine was also a plus.

Navy did exactly what everyone expected them to do, rushing the ball and catching the defense off guard with the occasional pass. Ricky Dobbs threw for 156 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing for 83 yards and two scores.

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This was not Youngstown State or Troy. Navy is a formidable opponent that is capable of giving any team fits. Their style of play and toughness are to be commended.

The real test is next week when Southern California comes to Columbus.