In a highly anticipated game, the No. 1 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes showcased the strength of their defense as they defeated Rutgers 35-16. However, the victory did not come without its challenges, as two starting defensive backs, Denzel Burke and Lathan Ransom, were absent from the game.
The game took a turn in Ohio State’s favor when cornerback Jordan Hancock made a pivotal play with a 93-yard interception return for a touchdown. This changed the momentum of the game as Rutgers held a narrow 9-7 lead at halftime and seemed poised to extend it in the third quarter.
The absence of Burke and Ransom was felt, but Ohio State managed to widen the gap and secure the win with a touchdown pass to Marvin Harrison Jr. Despite missing several games, Emeka Egbuka returned to the field and had a solid performance with four receptions for 29 yards.
Rutgers also faced its own injury concerns, with starting nose tackle Mayan Ahanotu and linebacker Tyreem Powell unable to play due to injuries. These setbacks further weakened their defense against the dominant Ohio State offense.
The victory for Ohio State only underscores their dominance as the top-ranked team in the nation. Their defense proved yet again why they are considered the best and capable of leading the team to victory.
The Associated Press contributed additional reporting to this article, ensuring accurate coverage of the game and its key moments. Ohio State’s win against Rutgers serves as a reminder of their status as a force to be reckoned with in college football.
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