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Buckeye Defense Looking to Replicate B1G Championship Game Performance Against the Crimson Tide
By Tony Gerdeman
The OSU defense is looking for another outstanding defensive performance.
Photo by Jim Davidson

COLUMBUS — They say the sequel is rarely better than the original.

Three weeks ago the Ohio State defense took the field against a Wisconsin running attack that was ranked No. 2 in the nation, averaging 334.3 yards rushing per game, and tailback Melvin Gordon came into that game running through defenses like a human laxative.

The Buckeyes knew that in order to win the Big Ten Championship Game they were going to have to stop the running game, and that's exactly what they went out and did.

They held the Badgers to 71 yards rushing, which was 96 yards better than anybody else had done this season. Gordon, meanwhile, rushed for just 76 yards, which was the first time all season he had been held under 100 yards rushing against an FBS opponent.

The result was a 59-0 win for the Buckeyes and a boost in the belief that this OSU defense has the talent to shut anybody down. Or at least the ability to play much better than they have throughout some lower points this season.

With that knowledge now in hand, they are looking to do the same thing again, but this time against a much more talented and diverse opponent.

The good news for the Ohio State defense is that they are not trying to be better than they were in the Big Ten Championship, they are simply planning to replicate the things that made them successful in that game.

They have the self confidence, and they have seen the results of superior execution. 

"Mentally we are in a very good spot," said co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash. "There is a lot of confidence and belief that we can be good. Our challenge is to play a game like that consistently from week to week. Throughout the course of the year we have shown signs of improvement each week. I think that last game was a sign of what we can be and what we should be moving forward."

Those weekly improvements were fashioned under the umbrella of the booming manifesto of "Power of the Unit." Three defensive units, all working as one. When that is combined with individual execution and talent, there is very little an offense can do to combat it. That's the kind of thing that leads to 59-0 wins.

But it isn't the kind of thing that needs miraculous bounces or the explosion of a year's worth of built-up karma. It's much simpler than that.

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Player profiles relevant to story:
21 - Campbell, Parris | 37 - Perry, Joshua | 63 - Bennett, Michael | Coach - Ash, Chris
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