Written by: Big 33 Staff on July 19, 2003.
After 3 consecutive years of Pennsylvania victories, Ohio finally got its turn. 2003 was the year of the Mauk’s, Mike and Ben Mauk that is. The father-son team from Ohio came in ready to win. With Mike calling the shots from the sideline and Ben executing on the field, the Ohio team was determined to come out on top.
Ben passed for over 251 yards and two touchdowns. Pennsylvania averaged less than a yard per play, while Ohio had over 457 yards in total offense.
The tone was set right from the start with Ben Mauk executing a screen pass to Tony Gonzales for 27 yards on Ohio’s first play. Two plays later Mauk passed to the end zone and the heat was on. Ohio’s defense proved to be just as strong as its offense. Pennsylvania quarterback Marcus Stone was sacked on his first possession and Pennsylvania Player of the Year, Austin Scott was shut down on his first carry for a loss. Ohio was in position to score after a 19 yard punt return by Robinson, with Mauk taking it the final 22 yards.
The second period opened with Mauk landing a 13 yard pass to Robinson making it 21-0. At the half the score was 28-0, leaving Pennsylvania fans mind boggled. Pennsylvania’s only scoring chance came in the fourth quarter on a 17 yard run by quarterback Adam Bednarik. The Mauk’s brought Ohio out on top, Ohio 38, Pennsylvania 7.