“We gave up yardage, but the bottom line, we end up getting them stopped,” OSU defensive coordinator Bill Young said.
And often, those stops came close to the goal line.
BU took 13 snaps inside the five-yard line before getting into the end zone on a Griffin III quarterback sneak late in the fourth quarter.
“We do a good job communicating on the back end at that point,” Martin said. “We understand it's not so much space to worry about. Our guys have a lot of pride about themselves, and we do a good job of just staying sound and being physical at that point.”
Justin Gilbert intercepted Griffin III in the end zone in the second quarter. Later, Richetti Jones forced a Glasco Martin fumble at the one-yard line in the third period.
Brodrick Brown recovered to set up OSU's second 99-yard touchdown drive of the game. A familiar Brandon Weeden-to-Justin Blackmon fade route from two yards out made it 49-3.
OSU's defensive philosophy has worked through eight games. But Young still wouldn't mind seeing those yardage allowed totals come down.
“We've got some tremendous goals for ourselves,” said Young, “and we can't be giving up 600 yards or 900 yards or 200,000 or whatever we're giving up.”