Defensive stand gives Ohio win
Published 12:00 am Friday, July 29, 2005
The Associated Press
HERSHEY, Pa. - Bryan Williams intercepted a pass to stop one scoring threat and then knocked away a fourth-down pass at the goal line with 55 seconds remaining to help Ohio hold on for a 34-28 victory over Pennsylvania in the 48th annual Big 33 Football Classic on Saturday night.
Williams led an Ohio defense that forced six turnovers and held Pennsylvania scoreless in the fourth quarter. The game, which matches the top 33 graduating high school football stars from each state, drew a paid crowd of 15,667.
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Quarterback Robby Schoenhoft got Ohio out in front during a 28-point first quarter and the defense did the work from there. Schoenhoft, an Ohio State recruit from Saint Xavier High School, finished 11-for-20 for 267 yards and two touchdowns and was named most valuable player for the Ohio team.
Williams, a University of Pittsburgh recruit from John R. Buchtel High School in Akron, tipped one pass that was intercepted and returned 55 yards for a touchdown by Derrick Stewart. He intercepted a pass at the Ohio 20 with 5:29 left.
Pennsylvania scored on three pass plays of 70 yards or more in the first half. The two first-quarter touchdowns came on passes in the backfield.
Ed Collington turned a screen pass into a 70-yard touchdown from Shane Murray on the first play. LaRod Stephens-Howling, the Pennsylvania MVP, took a swing pass and broke for a 77-yard touchdown.
Between the two long Pennsylvania touchdowns, Ohio scored four times to take a 28-7 lead with 3:15 left in the first quarter.
Schoenhoft went 6-for-7 for 147 yards passing in the first 3:08. He stepped up to hit Mario Manningham on a post pattern for a 74-yard score and then found Brian Hartline from 23 yards.
Defense helped Ohio follow Schoenhoft's passes with two more touchdowns. Nick Simon's fumble recovery set up a 5-yard run by Dante Love. Stewart then ran in the interception.
Brad Dawson connected with Carmen Connolly for a 72-yard Pennsylvania touchdown in the second quarter.
Love threw a 48-yard halfback option pass to Jared Martin to make the Ohio lead 34-21 at halftime. Collington ran one yard for the only touchdown of the second half, midway through the third quarter.