August 18, 2006

Defense hangs onto Scarlet jerseys

In match-ups between offense and defense, the highly touted Ohio State offense is now riding a two-game losing streak.

After rallying to take a late lead against the defense, the offense was unable to punch the ball in from the three-yard line and lost the annual jersey scrimmage to the defense, 66-65. The win allows the defense to maintain possession of the coveted scarlet practice jerseys for the rest of fall camp and during the regular season.

With the offense trailing 65-64, senior quarterback Troy Smith connected with junior wideout Anthony Gonzalez for a 17-yard catch that pulled the score even at 65.

It was then that head coach Jim Tressel decided to intercede.

"That was unusual," he said. "Usually I try to keep them close, but not that close. We said 'how are we going to settle this thin' with us having to be at a banquet at 6:30 and it's 6 o'clock already,' so we decided to settle it with one play."

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