Earlier today, No. 3 Ohio State fell to No. 12 Oregon in an upset loss at home.
The Buckeyes’ high-powered offense held up their end of the bargain, logging 612 total yards. On the other side of the ball though, the defensive unit struggled — allowing 35 points against a well-balanced Oregon attack.
After the game, Ohio State head coach Ryan Day gave a blunt assessment of his team’s defensive performance.
“It needs to get fixed,” he said, per Buckeyes insider Dan Hope.
Ryan Day on the defense: “It needs to get fixed.”
— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) September 11, 2021
Day’s squad didn’t have an answer for Oregon’s offense at either phase, allowing 236 yards through the air and 269 on the ground. After last week’s 45-31 win over Minnesota, this is the second game in a row that the Buckeyes have allowed 200+ plus yards in both passing and rushing, and more than 30 opposing points.
On their first defense drive of the game, Ohio State allowed the Ducks to march 99 yards downfield for a touchdown. The team’s first forced three-and-out of the game didn’t come until the fourth quarter — but by then, it was far too late.
Fresh off a trip to the national championship this past season, the Buckeyes are now in an uphill battle for the rest of the year as they look to regain position in the top four.
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