81,000 take in Ohio State football spring game: stats, news and notes



Ohio Stadium hosted the Ohio State Spring Game yesterday and 81,112 people showed up. That’s even more than Alabama, or any of the SEC teams this year. And those places ABSOLUTELY LIVE for college football. Even the preseason exhibition kind.

However, the Buckeyes drew even more fans than any of the Bible Belt powerhouse programs- which tells you just how utterly insane people in Columbus truly are. But enough judging and condescension, let’s get to the football takeaways from today’s Scarlet and Gray game.

-QB1 Braxton Miller threw for 258 yards and true freshman receiver Michael Thomas caught 12 of his passes for 131 yards. Red-shirt freshman tight end Nick Vannett caught five for 52. Miller was 24-of-31 on the day with one pass intercepted by Adam Griffin, and that is indeed the son of the legendary Archie Griffin.

— QB2 Kenny Guiton completed 17-of-26 passes for 191 yards with a 28-yard touchdown reception to Devin Smith.

–By the way Thomas is the nephew of USC great and former NFL star/ESPN analyst/demigod in the eyes of Bill Parcells  Keyshawn Johnson.

–I’d tell you the score of the game, but again this is spring ball, so the actual score doesn’t really matter (Scarlet defeated the Gray 20-14). Every team does scoring different and all of the scoring systems are utterly incoherent to everyone alive. Well, the scoring isn’t really that complicated, but why learn something new like that just to only use it once a year in a meaningless exhibition?

–DL Nathan Williams and Johnathan Hankins, two of the team’s best players, did not go in this one.

–Bri’onte Dunn led the Gray with 33 rushing yards, Corey Brown led Gray with seven catches for 90 yards.

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