COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State offense defeated the Buckeye defense, 59-27, Saturday in front of 44,276 fans at the 2011 Jesse Owens Spring Game at Ohio Stadium.  

The game was an offense vs. defense affair. Points were awarded to the offense in typical fashion, but the Scarlet clad offense could also get a point for each first-and-10 and a point for each play over 20 yards. The defense earned points for, among other things, forcing a punt, recording a fumble, interception, sack or tackle behind the line, and stopping fourth-down plays and two-point conversions.  

Senior Joe Bauserman was the first quarterback in the game and he was replaced on subsequent possessions by Taylor Graham, Kenny Guiton and Braxton Miller, respectively. The quarterbacks combined to complete 20 of 43 passes for 249 yards and four touchdowns. Individually…

  • Bauserman was 4 of 11 for 42 yards, highlighted by a 16-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Ross on the final play of the game;
  • Guiton was 5 of 11 for 43 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown pass to freshman Verlon Reed;
  • Graham was 4 of 9 for 91 yards, including a lovely 68-yard completion down the right sidelines that hit T.Y. Williams in stride for a touchdown; and
  • Miller was 7 of 12 for 73 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown pass to Corey “Philly” Brown.

A balanced rushing attack netted 120 yards against the Gray defense. Jordan Hall rushed for 37 yards, including a five-yard touchdown run to give the offense a 33-17 lead about midway through the scrimmage. Dan “Boom” Herron added 37 yards, Rod Smith 36 yards, and Jaamal Berry 16 yards for the Buckeye offense. 

Defensively, linebackers Andrew Sweat and Jordan Whiting led the way with 10 and seven tackles, respectively. Whiting also had one of four sacks (on Graham) recorded by the defense in the first couple of series, with Nathan Williams (Bauserman), Dominic Clarke (Bauserman) and freshman Joel Hale (Graham) also notching sacks. Later on, Jeremy Cash, J.T. Moore and Dorian Bell recorded quarterback sacks as the defense would total 11 total tackles for losses on the afternoon.

Drew Basil’s 22-yard field goal provided the first offensive points of the game. The sophomore would add a 27-yarder later in the game, finishing a perfect 2-for-2 on the day.

The 2011 version of the spring game honored the legacy of the great Jessie Owens, who 75 years ago this summer won four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics, a medal total that no other Olympic athlete had accomplished. His victories were also triumphs over Adolph Hitler’s claims that the German “Aryan” people were the dominant race. Owens proved that individual excellence and personal dedication were what distinguished one human being from another – not race or national origin.

The Ohio State team wore a special 75th anniversary Jesse Owens logo on their custom painted “camo” helmets. The team also wore decals to honor the memory of Jake Nickle and Colleen Dobbins.

As many as 5,000 members of the Ohio National Guard and their families were expected to attend the game today. Some of the proceeds of the game will benefit the National Guard Family Readiness and Warrior Support programs.