As further proof that I don't yet know what I'm doing, I've decided to take a slightly different approach to the Hitting Rewind feature. I hope to make this a regular aspect of the season, but quickly found out that finding time to do a UFR-style review for each game would be impossible because of the time they took to complete. That Hippie Up North puts together amazing reviews for every week of the season, but he's not exactly rolling into an office every day like the rest of us. So, I've settled on a more visual approach where I'll try to take the two or three key plays on each side of the ball and give them a closer look. Hope you enjoy.
Pryor's First Run
Thanks to a muffed kickoff, the Spartans had the Buckeyes pinned back inside their own 10 yard line for the opening drive of the game. On first down, Beanie was stuffed for just a one yard gain and the home crowd was imploring Michigan State to snatch the early momentum. On 2nd and nine, the Buckeyes lined up in a shotgun with two wide receivers and Brandon Smith in as an H-back. The call was the read option and with some nice blocking, good moves and deceiving speed, Pryor raced out for a 32-yard gain on the left sideline, instantly seizing momentum.
The Buckeyes would go on to punt a few plays later, but Pryor's first run was huge for the fact that it snatched momentum, flipped the field position battle and got him off to a hot start in a game where he'd need to play well.
Beanie's Reverse Field Jaunt
After the Buckeyes had held the Spartans to a three-and-out on their first offensive possession, they started their second drive of the game in good field position thanks to a bad point. On 1st and 10 from the Michigan State 47 yard line, Cordle was whistled for a false start and the ball was backed up five yards to the Ohio State 48. Then with one brilliant reverse field run, Beanie Wells single-handedly put the team into position to score their first points of the game. Three plays later, Pryor did just that.
Pryor's Touchdown Throw to Robiskie
On the Buckeyes third possession of the game, they moved quickly to the Michigan State six yard line before getting hit up with a chop-block penalty negating a Beanie touchdown run. It was 1st and goal from the Spartan 21 yard line and after getting 14 yards on their first two plays, the Buckeyes were facing a 3rd and goal from the MSU seven yard line. A play-action is dialed up and Pryor makes a nifty move to avoid the end and find Robo in the back of the end zone to make it 14-0. That would be too much, too quick for a team that likes to run the ball 40 times per game and the state of Ohio erupted in joy as the offense was now 2/2 on red zone attempts.