PHONE'S RINGING -- IT'S URBAN ON THE LINE
.....and a special treat of Ballard's version of "The Catch".....
Life is goooooooooooood!!!!!!!!
It is a beautiful morning!
for serious i'm watching a replay of the game for like the third time on espn 360
favorite part of the game is still Tressel's rageface telling his defense that the game isn't over
Agreed. Beautiful morning to be a Buckeye.
LOL, definately was a highlight! I ended up loving Tressel walking nervous at the end (you knew he was trying to keep an eye out for them) only to be drenched. Perfect.
Glad as all hell I was wrong. Like I said yesterday after my Prediction, Iwould be shocked if we lost after I saw the rest of the Pac-10/ and Big 10 games...
A great win for Tressel, and an even greater way for our Seniors to go out, after the last few bowl games...while we may not win the sweep the Big 10 next year, I am predicting a total shit stomp on "the U" next September.
Jason and fellas, great job running the site, keeping us in the loop, and providing History Lessons (Joe). You guys rock!!!
BTW does anyone know hw I can get a copy of today's Dispatch?
Some great Buckeye stories at toledoblade.com
waitingfornextyear.com - has a great video of Worthington singing Carmen Ohio.
Felt good to get out of bed and yell at my SEC neighbors.
I'll send ya one or hell, come pick it up.
OK how stupid is the Big Ragu? Where is that stupid red neck who was going to hurt Tress after the Purdue game? The good, the bad and the ugly of being a Buckeye fan.
Anybody watching the Under Armor Game? It's great to see those new recruits in action. Hicks looks really good. James Louis dropped a pass in the endzone actually.
QB's don't look very good in this game.
i can watch saine make #37 his girlfriend on that first touchdown all day....
big play not noticed by many was thad gibson getting back from the line and stoping the 3rd down and forcing the field goal attempt... huge....
note to kelly u cant try to out tressel tressel
also alot about the time of pos and the rose bowl champs throwing so much
first top isnt the biggest thing its number of plays is 89 to 53 nice...
also if you look there were so many plays that the o still managed 51 rush att to 38 pass att... nice
Singing of Carmen Ohio after the game was an awesome moment to see. That captures what OSU football is really is.
How about Tress going on 4th down...we knew it was the right call..excellent execution on all the 3rd & short as well. Where was the flanker screen we've called for all year on first down.....second & 3 or 4 is always manageable. Smart passing mixed with Pryor athletic ability to run...we all knew this was the team we were expecting all year. I guess we will open the playbook for TP next year....going to be an exciting off season with a lot of anticipation.
Congrats for a well played game on both sides of the ball.
Michigan's new QB Gardner is in now. Passing is meh, running was good.
here, just watch this over and over and over:
First of all my congrats to the Buckeyes and the offensive line in particular.
Without a doubt the O-Line is the most improved unit on the team.
With that said, I will be dropping the "BollmanBasher" nick name and hopefully will never have to use it again.
To the returning O-Lineman don't let this go to your collective heads... as next year you all need to pick up where you left off, because if you do then the sky is the limit.
Also, thank goodness Tress opened up the passing game...which kept the ducks off balanced and made the offense (and the O-line) less predictable.
JT looks like he might have been able to choke a man out right there. slightly frightening.
Nick Montana looks really good, IMO.
the o-line's biggest problem is that it wasn't able to develop any sort of continuity because of all the injuries, and you can't really rag on bollman for that. with that said, that doesn't excuse him from not being able to develop the talent he's had and putting some guys in questionable positions.
i guess what i'm saying is that short term success doesn't excuse long term problems. if the o-line can carry over this play into next season (which they have absolutely no excuse not to), then i think bollman deserves a reprieve. if not, then not.
Pretty sure they took down the "love them ducks" rap song on you tube. You know, the one where the guy was saying Pryor didn't go to Eugene because he'd be fighting for playing time.
How ya like them apples?
Alright guy's, I counted 14 points left on the field last night but that doesn't mean I'm not happy with the win.
Posey's drop - 6 points
Russell Anderson's ball bouncer off the chest but could have been easily caught.
Possibly another 6 and I say that cuz had he intercepted that, we would have maybe gotten another 6 or he would have been tackled right before the goal line.
Conclusion - COULD have been 37-17!!! Brent Musberger probably would shoot his wad in anger over a score like that last night!
I'm happy as hell for the win. That said, I still don't like some of the play calls. I still would like a new o-coordinator. I know my arguments hold no weight today, but we were in scoring position at least 6 times I can count, and came away with only 26 points. Good enough for the win last night because of the studly defense. But you have to admit our offense is woefully ineffective at times. Hopefully, as Pryor grows this won't be so much of a problem.
Defense is a different story. What can I say? Heacock and Fickell make a hell of a coaching team. I'm no insider, but whatever they are doing is working, beautifully. Just look at Oregon's starting field position. Only 17 points! WOW! I remember thinking, "Masoli should be running more." Then I realized, he couldn't. Excellent job by the defense of staying home and defending the zone-read.
If you watch the Blount fumble, I believe the reason it happened was beacuse he was too busy looking at the helmet Ross Homan was about to stick in his chest. Oregon fans can blame mistakes all they want, but our defense FORCED the mistakes.
I fully agree with this^
Heacock and Fickell are brilliant. I'm letting up off of Bollman because he transformed Bryant Browning from El Matador to one heck of a roadgrader (he detonated the Oregon defensive line on at least a few key third downs) and Brewster might be a first round pick when all is said and done. But even though it was good enough yesterday, it's still kinda frustrating to see this team coming away with field goals on multiple 1st-and-goal situations. Especially early, where I felt going for it on fourth down had two outcomes: maintain possession, keep the long drive going or fail to maintain possession, but put Oregon on the six yard line. Given that we had just seen Oregon on its own goal line (nearly resulting in an AR pick six), I felt that either result would have swayed momentum in the Buckeye's favor even more. Instead, we kicked a field goal, and Oregon drove right down the field - twice, after a relatively quick offensive possession - to tie it up and remind me of LSU.
However, this is all nitpicking in the wake of this win. I think I'm getting used to Bollman as offensive line coach, but I'm wary of Tress as playcaller against elite defenses (something Oregon was decidedly not). Fortunately, we might not see one (outside of Penn State, whom Tress owns when his quarterback is experienced) until the title game next year, giving him plenty of time to adjust his schemes.
as a good little fanboy with discretionary income i have to ask: when, where, and how much for the rose bowl dvd?
heacock is still too timid sometimes and loath to blitz, but overall he's a terrific coach, along with fickell. with that said, the biggest difference between last year's defense and this year's defense was an effective d-line. having two rotations of dudes who can keep up the pressure in the trenches makes a world of difference.
heacock has always had solid LBs and DBs, but i think this was the first year he was able to work with a truly complete group, and it showed. best OSU defense since 2002.
(i am totally willing to have the debate as to whether this defense is better than the 2005 defense)
LOVE IT! GOOSEBUMP MATERIAL! I don't know when this smile is going to leave my face!
Heacock and Fickell are a great duo. I'd like to think Fickell has some say on the aggressiveness of the unit and he's responsible for different game plans than we were seeing against Florida, LSU, and USC 2008.
Bollman, on the other hand, should still seek retirement. He could stay on as the interior offensive coach, but the offense just needs more. It needs a kick in the pants. It needs more, dare I say it, coordination.
I think you'd win that debate, bup. 2005 had excellent safeties, the best linebacking corps in the country, and two good corners. The defensive line was - IIRC - Pitcock, Patterson, Kudla and Richardson?
Solid players, but no one on the level of Cam or Gibby.
Great game - good times in Los Angeles. Travelling home today and can't wait to fire up the DVR as soon as I get there and watch the Rose Bowl again.
Observations on the Rose Bowl itself: We Ohio State fans are so ridiculously spoiled when it comes to facilities - Ohio Stadium is a palace. Despite the setting in beautiful Pasadena, the Rose Bowl pales in comparison to the Horseshoe. Too many asses in too few seats (reminiscent of the Big House, only worse). Next to nothing in the way of scoreboard stats. Worst of all, 300-400 person long lines to take a piss!
All bitching aside, I loved every minute of it out there. GO BUCKS!
Another large difference that shades in favor of the 2009 defense over 2005 is that 2005's offense was actually extremely prolific (if memory serves they actually averaged more yards than the 2006 crew), whereas 2009 for the most part was weak and unreliable. That meant a whole lot more pressure was placed on the shoulders of the 2009 defense, and the defense saw the field more than they probably should have, had a competent offense been backing them up and keeping the opposing defense on the field. This is the best defense since 2002, and perhaps one of the top five buckeye defenses in the modern era.
I'm mostly ok with the offense yesterday. If Posey could learn to hold onto the ball in the endzone it would've been another TD and 31 points. I think they took a huge step forward for next year though. Pryor is really starting to come around, and this will be a really good offense next year. What scares me is the kickoffs. Jeeze how many times can you let them start at midfield.
Totally agree with you on the the play calls. During the whole first half the middle was wide open (when Or was stacking 9 on the line), just waiting for a back to slip out or the TE to come off a block. Perhaps Tress thought the pressure was too great for that to develop? I don't know, I'm just a happy idiot today.
Yeah, very un-Tressel like this year giving up so much yardage on kickoff and punt returns this year.
Finally a world class game plan..... best game planning since the Fiesta Bowl following the 2005 season VS. Notre Lame! Best way to keep that Defense fresh in the 4th quarter is to have the Offense control the clock....... great Job Coaches.... you are finally realizing that you cannot sleep walk thru a game plan and rely on talent only!!!
Just ocurred to me that OSU beat four teams with at least 10 wins this season: Iowa, PSU, Wisc, and Oregon. Can anyone think of another team that did that this year?
Very pleased with the win; can't say enough good things about the defense. Really liked the offensive game plan and the way the O-Line pushed the Ducks around. But . . . the end result does paper-over a couple of continuing problems: Still kicking way too many FGs. 26 points doesn't represent the level of offesive dominance we put on the Ducks. We allowed them to hang around way too long. And Pryor was brilliant at times, but still very inconsistent. Missed 4-5 throws that would have been huge plays (one to Posey (the Int) and one to Sanzenbacher that would have been TDs). He's potentially the greatest offensive weapon I've seen in my 30 years of watching OSU football, but he just has to be more consistently accurate.
Again, great win, so proud of the guys and the coaching staff, so excited about the potential for a National Title run next year, but still a couple of big issues we need to reslove before we can be the kind of team that blows other teams out of the water.
While I agree that he did miss on a couple of plays, he really is starting to look like the man. He bounced back well yesterday. After the pick he came back and played well. I was very happy over all. Plus, for the love of God, could Posey please quit dropping TD's.
This game was not a masterpiece by Terrelle, but clearly one has to like the trajectory here. Plus, has anyone noticed that Terrelle has some character? I am genuinely proud of him. After Purdue he could have sulked & gone surly prima donna , but instead he resolved to get better - and he did. Well done.
Also, this team would never have gotten where it finished without great senior leadership. Congratulations to all of them.
I have no doubt that Tressel will look back at this season as one of his most difficult, but absolutely one of the most rewarding. He deserves credit for sticking to his convictions despite the criticism that was deafening at times this year. Congratulations to him as well.
navy also had 10 wins
Totally forgot about Navy. 5 wins in one season over teams that won 10 or more games. That's pretty stunning.
Yeah, we were highlighting that over at tBBC last night.
Our research hasn't been able to find the last time a team accomplished that feat.
When watching the replay...give some props to Sanzenbacher.... He made some very difficult catches...could be a Wes Welker type receiver for us. Saine has exceptional hands coming out of the backfield. Stoneburner next year ????
I have to say, as much as I am a fan of Dan Sanzenbacher, and he did have a good game, that catch by Jake Ballard saved the game for TP, Jim Tressel and the whole Buckeye Nation.
Great, great catch Jake! We're going to miss you and good luck in the NFL!
Is it just me or was the sun brighter today and did the birds chirp louder? Life is good boys life is good!!!!
I cracked up when I saw that Oregon fan with his hat turned backwards and played it over several times immediately. FREAKING HILARIOUS!
By the way Buckeye fans: what do you all think of the fact that the Oregon marching band wore BASEBALL HATS? BASEBALL HATS?!
R U kidding me? That looked so "redneckish" to me and informal for the Granddaddy of Bowls! Maybe yous guys don't care, but I noticed that early on and thought, "Wow!" You'd think Ohio State was playing a team from the SEC, with all of their redneck fans.
Nothing is worse than the Big Shithouse.
I wish someone would tell that to the knucklehead writers over at the Sporting News.
I don't know where you live, but here in Toledo, there were no birds chirping(too dang cold) and it was overcast, but I sure as hell felt GREAT that the Buckeyes won so I can shove it in the Michigan fan's faces!
From my former colleagues at BSD:
Overall, we as Penn State fans must remember Clark for who he was as a person, and not just who he was on the field. We never heard him say how much he idolizes people like Michael Vick, never heard him blame his O-line or coaches for losses, never saw him posing for photos in front of a Corvette (I hear he sports a 1998 Chevy Lumina) and I doubt we've ever seen another Penn State player with more passion for his team than Daryll Clark
Interesting examples, eh?
Jealously shines bright in Happy Valley
Hey now! They wanted nothing to do with Terrelle Pryor! They're happy he's in Columbus!
he also cried a lot. never forget the sad panda
apparently the entirety of penn state fans are middle children struggling for attention.
Im not ready to give Bollman credit for playing Browning at the position he was truly meant to play. That might have been the single most important move in the resurgence of the o-line. Sorry Bolls, time to go. Appreciate everything you've done, but it's time for some fresh ideas. Let's be honest, Oregon's defense was as weak as we all expected. Aside from SC, the pac-10 is no better than the big east. Oregon is West Coast West Virginia.
however, like I said, if Pryor continues to develop, this offense could be extremely nasty. Still though, no excuses for not throwing to TE"s. We have to get them involved.
I don't know about everyone else, but I'm good with Fickell taking the helm for Tress in about oh, five years or so.
"Without a doubt the O-Line is the most improved unit on the team...
With that said, I will be dropping the 'BollmanBasher' nick name and hopefully will never have to use it again."
Not so fast, my friend. Did the O-Line really play that well? The team did have a lot of rushing yards, but they only averaged 3 yards a carry. I think Pryor made them look good with his scrambling. The reason he had to hit Ballard on the run was because Cordle got owned by Oregon's DE, and that was not the first time. Cordle pretty much struggled against that guy all game.
In their favor, I will say that when the team needed rushing yards at the end of the game, they were able to get it. But I think that was mostly Pryor getting out on the edges with good blocking from Zach Boren. The line was OK, but not great. They need to find a better solution at LT or we will be having this same conversation next season.
While we're nitpicking, how about some more points left on the field?
1. Saine should have scored on that long pass where he tip-toed down the sidelines. After getting his balance, he should have cut back to the middle. Doing so would have lost the guy who was chasing him and he would have walked in for the score.
2. If Pryor had waited one second longer before throwing to Sanzenbacher in the end zone he would have hit him for the score. He wasn't really under pressure; he just got a little quick on the trigger. The protection was good, and Dane's pattern was perfect for that coverage. Next year, that will be a TD, hopefully.
The worse part was the acoustics! We were in the end zone behind the band - we couldn't hear the band, we couldn't even hear our own fans. It was amazing - we tried to do the seven nation army cheer and it could never stay together because no one could hear each other to tell where we were in the song. Most frustrating experience I've ever had as someone trying to cheer.
We did get O-H-I-O going around the stadium, but nothing else worked at all.
Also, I'm definitely writing a nastygram to the guys running the scoreboard. At the end of the game, they blasted shitty rap and a highlight reel over the band playing Carmen Ohio. We couldn't hear it at all over the speakers. Someone just doesn't get what college football is supposed to be about.
Overall, I'm completely amazed at the product we brought on the field, and incredibly pissed off about the facilities around it. The Horseshoe blew me away even before I was a real OSU fan. The rose bowl was really kind of weak in comparison.
Another gem from BSD:
Clark gave us what we wanted, success, he was a honest, passionate person. If Clark isn’t a Penn Stater to the core then I dont know what we’re looking for. I’d rather lose 4 games in two seasons than go undefeated two years in a row and have Pryor as my quarterback.
Great, because without Pryor, they'll have the opportunity to lose four (or more) games in one season with a brand-spanking new quarterback, who's smaller, skinnier and slower than Pryor.
Penn St. fans are beyond delusional....
dont forget bitter. For a kid that doesnt play for them, and made them look downright awful on D, which is the so called pride of their team, they sure do write about TP alot....
envy is the most extreme form of flattery.
their new QB will make them wish they had that dego joke of a qb they had between robinson and clark back.
penn state will be back in the the cellar with cincy next season.
he looks like harlan williams
Just another delusional post from their site,..made me LOL ... "and would provide Penn State with a rivalry game that would easily eclipse Ohio State vs. Michigan?"..(they're talking psu-rutgers...)
A rivalry to Penn St is someone who guarantee's them a W.
Sideline reporter to Tress after game: "I've heard all week from people who say you handcuffed Pryor and only let him handoff." Tress: "You have been listening to the wrong people." Sideline reporter: "Much has been made of Oregon's up tempo offense, how did you shut it down?" Tress: "We have an up tempo defense."
Love it. Kudos.
FROM EDSBS Twitter during the game:
"Tressel, like Michael Cera in Youth in Revolt, has an imaginary other with a mustache telling him playcalls today."
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