Falcon Stew

By Jason Priestas on October 8, 2006 at 5:48p
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There's not a whole lot more I can say about the Buckeyes 35-7 win over Bowling Green that the big players haven't already covered, but there are a couple of minor things worth pointing out.

Troy Smith turned in another quality performance going 17 of 20 for 191 and 3 TDs. On the Heisman front, I don't think it hurt matters that Adrian Peterson had a couple of costly turnovers in his biggest game of the year. Regarding the minor injury Smith suffered in the 2nd quarter, I think Stewie said it best:

Finally, Ohio State fans must have experienced about 45 minutes of panic today when Troy Smith mysteriously sat out the last series of the first half against Bowling Green.

It will be interesting to monitor the status of David Patterson after he suffered an injury in the game. He's an important cog on the veteran defensive front and any prolonged absense will hurt. On the bright side, I guess this stretch coming up may be as good as any to lose a key player.

Other random thoughts..

  • It was nice to see Ray "Biggie" Small get on the board with his first touchdown of the season. This kid is going to be something special.
  • I'm a little concerned with the lack of pressure that our defensive line was able to muster. I think the Buckeyes were even outsacked by the BGSU defensive line for the day.
  • In all my years of watching football, I don't think I've ever seen a formation like what the Falcons were using with the quarterback in the shotgun and a running back behind him forming I guess you could call it a capital I formation. Good look to see, but won't help the Bucks too much the rest of the way. The key is the experience with different or confusing looks.
  • Is anyone else sick of hearing something along the lines of: "The difference between Troy Smith this year and last year is that last year, he would have tucked the ball and run in that situation," or some derivative of that?
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