COLUMBUS, Ohio — Tailback Vince Workman and quarterback Tom Tupa put the spark in the Buckeye offense to lead OSU to a 24-14 win over visiting Oregon. Workman carried 27 times for 162 yards and a touchdown, and added another 63 yards on five catches, while Tupa hit on 20 of 32 attempts for 234 yards and a pair of scoring tosses.

It was still a tossup at half, with OSU (2-0) leading 3-0 on a 34-yard Matt Frantz field goal. The Buckeyes added another 14 points in the third period before allowing two late Duck scores. The Ohio State defense limited Oregon (1-1) to 286 yards in total offense, 104 in the first half.

OSU seemed to take control of the game on its first drive of the third quarter, driving 88 yards in 14 plays with Tupa connecting with freshman tight end Jay Koch for the final four yards. It was Koch’s first collegiate reception, and gave the Buckeyes a 10-0 lead.

After David Brown blocked an Oregon punt at the Ducks’ 25-yard line, Tupa hit George Cooper with a 19-yard scoring pass on the first play of the ensuing drive and OSU was out in front 17-0 with 3:15 remaining in the third quarter.


Date League Season Attendance
September 19, 1987 Ohio State 1987 89,882


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