Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 10/15/11

It was ugly, and anything but exciting. Still, Ohio State gave the Illini their first loss of the 2011 season. Buckyes QB Braxton Miller didn’t even complete a pass until 13:06 left in the fourth quarter, when he found TE Jake Stoneburner in the middle of the south end zone to put OSU up 16-0.

Prior to that play, Miller was just 0-3 passing on the day. The Buckeyes were BORING and one-dimensional, but it was enough to beat #15 Illinois whose offense failed to show up today.

The Illini offensive line failed to protect, and QB Nathan Scheelhaase and Center Graham Pocic couldn’t even get the snap right out on numerous occasions.

Despite being undefeated, ranked in the top 15 and the special “stripe the stadium” promotion, Illinois could not sell out a home game versus one of the Big Ten’s traditional powers. Their performance today did not help future ticket sales.

Illinois lost- but also lost a very boring game. Ohio State was buoyed by the return of Daniel “Boom” herron who went over a 100 yards rushing. Braxton Miller put up an ugly 1-4 for 17 yards, 1 TD, but he also carried 8 times for 60 yards.

Nathan Scheelhaase looked uncharacteristically off today. He was slow and tentative in going through his read progressions. He was much less accurate than usual, and his interception was one of the most underthrown balls of his two year career. A bulk of his (and the receivers as well) yards came in garbage time. For some reason, Illinois cannot beat Ohio State at home during my lifetime. They’ve won four times at Columbus in the past 15 years, but haven’t beaten the Bucks at Memorial Stadium since 1991.

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