Ohio State 17, Illinois 7.
Somewhere, Jim Tressel is sitting in the dark, drinking a bottle of reasonably priced cabernet and listening to Shostakovich with his eyes closed. He wants to savor this: In his absence, arguably the most Tresselian triumph of them all.
Total yards for Ohio State's offense: 224. Punts: Seven, including one from the opposing 31-yard line. Three-and-outs: Five. Completed passes: One. Victory: Total.
Not that OSU is relieved of any of the angst that defined the first half of its season. After last week's come-from-ahead loss at Nebraska, the one and only hope for Buckeyes' woebegone offense seemed to be freshman quarterback Braxton Miller, leader of an improbable 27-point run in Lincoln before being forced out with a bum ankle in the third quarter. After today, it looks like it's back to hopelessness. Miller dropped back to pass roughly a dozen times in Champaign, and was sacked on four of them. He scrambled on approximately four more. Of the four passes th...