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New year, same, old result.
Freshman quarterback Matt Barkley led USC on an 86-yard touchdown drive in the closing minutes to beat Ohio State, 18-15, the Bucks' sixth consecutive loss when playing a team ranked among the top five.
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Let's flashback to 2008. USC trounces Virginia, 52-7, and Ohio State escapes embarrassment with a fourth quarter rally to top Ohio University, 26-14. The following week, the Trojans pounded the Buckeyes 35-3, further eroding the Big Ten's waning credibility.
Navy nearly killed the Ohio State-USC hype before the week began. A two-point conversion separated the Midshipmen and Buckeyes with two minutes remaining, but it was OSU that came away with those coveted points en route to a nerve-racking 31-27 victory before an opening-day record 105,092 fans at Ohio Stadium. var uslide_show_id = "e77a9c54-3bcc-4369-a848-9f9d36601b3b";var slideshowwidth = "350";var linktext = "";
Perhaps when kicker Aaron Pettrey strikes the ball off the tee around noon on Saturday, attention will be shifted to the opposition actually on the field that day. Despite the buzzing anticipation surrounding a certain adversary scheduled to trek to Columbus on Sept. 12, the Buckeyes must first handle their season-opening opponent, Navy. The Midshipmen are no walkovers either, having won at least eight games in each of the past six seasons.
The Ohio State football team has named seniors Kurt Coleman, Doug Worthington and Austin Spitler the captains for the 2009 season, coach Jim Tressel announced Friday. Coleman was expected to be among the choices after starting the past two years at safety, and being recognized as one of the vocal leaders on the squad.