Offense trumps defense in Ohio State’s spring game

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Each of Ohio State’s four quarterback candidates — Joe Bauserman, Taylor Graham, Kenny Guiton and Braxton Miller — threw a touchdown pass as the Buckeyes offense beat the defense 59-27 in a scrimmage Saturday that concluded spring practice.

The game, which featured a quirky scoring system that overwhelmingly favored the offense, was played before 44,276 at Ohio Stadium. The scrimmage was cut short by the risk of tornadoes.

Offensive points were awarded in the usual ways in addition to a point for each first down, while the defense scored for forcing punts, forcing turnovers and making fourth-down stops.

The offense didn’t score a touchdown until its ninth possession — its fourth with the series beginning at the defense’s 25. Guiton’s 17-yard scoring pass went to Verlon Reed.