Illini Rally to Down Buckeyes 34-22 by fsd65350


									Illini Rally to Down                        Illinois with a 27-22 lead with 10:48 at the OSU 35.
Buckeyes 34-22                              left in the game.
                                                                                       Ohio State was forced to punt on its
                                            Ohio State, deep in its own territory next possession.                       following a 43-yard punt by Illinois'
                                                                                       On the first play of the second quarter,
                                            Steve Fitts, needed a 98-yard drive in
November 17, 2001                                                                      Kittner was intercepted by OSU safety
                                            the final 5:23 for a winning touchdown.
                                                                                       Donnie Nickey at the OSU 9. Nickey
                                            Instead, Illinois' Ty Myers intercepted a
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State                                                            returned the pick to the OSU 46.
                                            Krenzel pass at the OSU 5 and took it in
sophomore quarterback Craig Krenzel
                                            for the game's final score.                The Buckeyes drove to the Illinois 19.
guided the Buckeyes to a pair of third
quarter touchdowns but Illinois                                                        A Mike Nugent 26-yard field goal
                                            The Buckeyes started the game with
responded with a pair fourth quarter                                                   attempt failed to the right.
                                            McMullen at quarterback.
scores to down the Buckeyes 34-22                                                      Kittner took Illinois to the Ohio State
Saturday.                                   His first series as a starter did not
                                                                                       37 but the Buckeye defense forced a
                                            produce a first down forcing an Ohio
A record crowd of 104,407 watched                                                      punt. Illinois attempted a fake but was
                                            State punt. Andy Groom's punt was
Ohio State senior Jonathan Wells rush                                                  called for an illegal formation, negating
                                            blocked by Illinois' Dwayne Smith and
for 192 yards on 23 carries on Senior                                                  a first down shovel pass. Illinois then
                                            recovered by cornerback Michael Hall,
Day at Ohio State (6-4 overall, 4-3 in                                                 pinned Ohio State at its own 5-yard line
                                            who scored after a 2-yard return at the
the Big Ten). He becomes the 16th Ohio                                                 after Fitts was credited with a 38-yard
                                            14-minute mark of the opening quarter.
State player to eclipse 1,000-yards                                                    punt.
rushing (1,128) in a season.                Illinois led 7-0 for 1:44 seconds before
                                                                                       The Illinois defense forced Groom to
                                            McMullen took the Buckeyes down for
Krenzel, third on the OSU depth chart                                                  punt from the OSU 31. He responded
                                            a tying touchdown with 12:16 to play in
at quarterback, orchestrated a 95-yard,                                                with a 53-yard boot, giving the Illini
                                            the opening quarter.
14-play scoring drive to start the second                                              possession on its own 17 with 5:02 left
half to cut Illinois's lead to 21-16.       Wells took the first snap of Ohio State's in the first half.
                                            second offensive series 59 yards down
Sophomore receiver Michael Jenkins                                                     Kittner completed back-to-back passes
                                            to the Illinois 12-yard line. McMullen
caught a Krenzel pass in the back of the                                               of over 24 yards, the final for the early
                                            then found junior Chris Vance over the
end zone for a 17-yard scoring strike                                                  go-ahead touchdown, with 2:35 to play
                                            middle for a 12-yard touchdown to even
with 5:43 to play in the third quarter.                                                in the first half.
                                            the score.
Ohio State's attempt at a pass for a two-                                              After a 24-yard completion to flanker
point conversion failed. The drive          Illinois was forced to punt on its first
                                                                                       Greg Lewis, Kittner found split end
stalled after three plays but a roughing    offensive set of downs after Ohio State
                                                                                       Walter Young for 37-yard score down
the kicker penalty gave the Buckeyes a      senior defensive tackle Mike Collins
                                                                                       the left side for a 14-10 lead.
needed first down and extended the          sacked Illini quarterback Kurt Kittner
drive.                                      for a 6-yard loss to the Illinois 20. Ohio Ohio State inserted Krenzel at
                                            State took over on its own 46.             quarterback on OSU's next possession.
The Buckeye defense forced an Illinois                                                 He was sacked and threw a pair of long
(9-1, 6-1) punt on the Illini's next        The Buckeyes were again forced to
                                                                                       incompletions. After a Groom punt,
possession. Ohio State took over on the     punt from midfield. This time Groom
                                                                                       Illinois took over in Ohio State territory
Buckeye 45 following a Chris Vance          took a high snap and found an opening
                                                                                       on the Buckeye 44.
16-yard return.                             up the middle for a 27-yard gain to
                                            prolong the Ohio State drive.              Two plays later, Kittner found receiver
Krenzel, who replaced OSU starter                                                      Aaron Moorehead for a 36-yard
Scott McMullen, guided Ohio State to        Wells carried the Buckeyes to the
                                                                                       touchdown and a 21-10 lead with under
its second-consecutive touchdown drive      Illinois 6-yard line before Mike Nugent
                                                                                       a minute remaining in the second
of the third quarter on a nine-play, 55-    booted a 23-yard field goal for a 10-7
yard march that culminated with a 2-        Ohio State lead with 6:43 to play in the
yard scoring run by Wells. With the         first quarter.                             Krenzel returned and took the Buckeyes
Buckeyes up 22-21, Ohio State                                                          to the Illinois 23 before a Nugent 40-
                                            Kittner marched the Illini inside Ohio
attempted another pass for the two-                                                    yard field goal attempt failed to the left
                                            State territory but was faced with a
point conversion but it failed with one                                                to end the half.
                                            fourth-and-one on the Buckeye 26.
second left in the third quarter.           Illinois went for the first down but Ohio Ohio State will play its final regular-
Illinois regained the lead following an     State senior linebacker Joe Cooper met season game of the season at 1 p.m.
80-yard, 12-play drive on its next          running back Rocky Harvey in the next Saturday at Michigan. The game
possession after a 1-yard touchdown         backfield forcing a fumble at the OSU will be televised nationally by ABC
run by Carey Davis. The two-point           29. Cornerback Mike Doss recovered Sports.
conversion attempt failed leaving           the fumble and returned the ball six
                                            yards, giving the Buckeyes possession

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