Countdown to Kickoff: 31 Days

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31. It has been 31 games since Ohio State has had a return touchdown on Special Teams. Jalin Marshall scored for the Buckeyes on a 54-yard punt return against Indiana on November 22nd during the 2014 season. It’s been even longer since OSU returned a kickoff for a touchdown, with the last one coming against Michigan in 2010. For as many explosive athletes Ohio State has had on both sides of the ball over the years, it’s surprising that they haven’t gotten more scoring from the Special Teams unit. In a tight game, a big Special Teams score can sometimes make all the difference, swinging momentum dramatically in favor of one team over another. Granted the Buckeyes got plenty of scoring from their defense last year, leading the nation with 7 interceptions returned for touchdowns. But with the Buckeyes losing 3 out of 4 starters from the secondary, Ohio State may have to rely on other areas for offensive production, and a kick or punt return touchdown in a big game could go a long way.

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