Stay Awake Till September Ends

By Johnny Ginter on September 18, 2010 at 5:09p
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The drive from Athens to Columbus is beautiful this time of year, and if the Ohio Bobcats wanted any chance of making their Saturday afternoon anywhere as pleasant as that drive, they were going to have to play like, well, not the Ohio Bobcats. Unfortunately for them, they ran into a giant scarlet brick wall and the Ohio State Buckeyes coasted easily (maybe too easily) to a 43-7 victory.

The day began on a somewhat odd note as both teams entered the stadium led by four flags reading O H I O, in what some might consider to be somewhat cruel joke at the expense of the red/green colorblind fans in attendance. The second cruel joke on the day was the Bobcat offense, which could get absolutely nothing going in the first half of the football game. Their problems started almost immediately, with QB Phil Bates being intercepted less than a minute into the game by everyone's favorite freight train from hell, Tyler Moeller. The resulting series had some nifty plays, including a great reception by Stoneburner in traffic, but the result was a field goal and a 3-0 Buckeye lead.

Julian Posey, DeVier's older brother, almost ran the kickoff back for a touchdown but a block in the back called it back. It may not have counted but it showed that the coverage still is seemingly made of swiss cheese, which apparently Ohio makes more of than any other state (that's true, I looked it up). 

Still, the Bobcats could do nothing and on the next Buckeye possession the offense put together their best looking drive of the day, going 55 yards in 8 plays. Pryor had a mixed day throwing the ball, but on this drive he made some excellent passes, including one to a triple covered Stoney (who has a go-to move that I call “be taller than everybody else”) and a great read on a 9 yard TD pass to Saine. 10-0 Buckeyes.

 

Another 3 and out by the Bobcats, helped by a 12 tackle for loss by Moeller, was very quickly turned into another OSU TD in a drive where DeVier showed some Ginn-esque skills and turned a 15 yard reception into a 35 yard reception. 17-0 Buckeyes. Not everything was roses, however. Both Devon Torrence and his backup Travis Howard both got hurt, and though Torrence returned, Howard did not. After the game Devon would say that he was fine and just had the wind knocked out of him, and that Howard had some kind of “shoulder thing.” In the next OSU drive, the 2nd team made an appearance at the end of the 1st quarter and managed to put across a field goal at the beginning of the 2nd. 20-0 Buckeyes.

On the next Bobcat drive HE ATE ME Hankins made his presence known and caused a fumble, which was recovered by Nate Williams at around 12:30 in the 2nd quarter. 4 plays and 33 yards later and it was 27-0 Ohio State. After another OU turnover, this time in the form of a fumble recovered by Heyward, Pryor ran for 27, found T-Wash (!!) open for 10, and Boom knocked it in with 8:22 to play in the half. 34-0 Buckeyes.

After this I think both myself and the team slipped into a collective coma because I don't remember anything that happened until the end of the half, where Pryor captured the consecutive completions record and then promptly threw a ridiculous interception right before the end of the half.

The second half was not a pretty one for either team; Cam managed to notch a safety to make it 36-0, Pryor made another poor decision that led to an INT, and Boom needed 4th down to get it across the goal line to make it 43-0 and finally let Tressel pull the starters for good. In the 4th quarter the Bobcats finally got on the board, spoiling the shutout and making me very angry, both because there would be no shutout and also because my personal prediction was like 42-3 and I would've looked like a genius.

There are a few things to take away from this game, I think. First of all, special teams is still not fixed. A blocked punt and a nearly allowed return TD are serious issues that will come back to bite this team if they aren't fixed by the start of Big Ten season. Secondly, the running game has got to be more consistent. The offense was helped by several short fields and the complete inability of OU to hold on to the ball (more on this in a second), but when OSU wanted to run, they couldn't. In total the offense had 158 rushing yards, but those came on 41 carries for only 3.8 per. I'm starting to believe that this really is a pass first team, but Tressel knows more than anyone that successful teams aren't one dimensional. When your #1 RB is doing 2.3 per carry for his last two games and your #2 is at 4.2, something has to change, be it blocking or playcalling or personnel.

Overall though, the Buckeyes showed again that when the offense is clicking it can be deadly. Despite the gaffes, which he would later say that he was "pissed" about, Terrelle was 22-29 for 235 yards, which is nothing to sneeze at. DeVier, who had 5 receptions for 62 yards, was asked after the game who won the Posey Bowl, and he just grinned and replied "scoreboard." Jake Stoneburner continued to make my prediction that he'd be the third leading receiver on the team look good by hauling in 5 catches for 61  yards, and Dane Sanzenbacher also joined the high five club with 5 catches and 58 yards. It's hard to deny how impressive three different players having 5 catches  for over 50 yards is, but the trick is to keep that going consistently. Also, I would be remiss if I didn't point out that this team has a terrific and insanely opportunistic defense (the team is already at +10 in turnover margin and only allowed 158 yards of total offense, 111 of those in the 2nd half) that should once again be one of the top 5 in the nation. Whatever problems the offense might have, this defense has the ability to shut down anyone and everyone and keep the team in games. Hopefully next week we can see our first shutout of the year against the Eastern Michigan Eagles.

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RedQueenRace's picture

Seems like we ran the ball better last year with the "terrible" Jim Cordle on the line.  Hope it comes together soon.

What the hell is going on with B10 special teams?  Minny just gave up a TD return to the Trojans.

KCAlum's picture

This is the most boring college football Saturday for some time now.

MoonDragons's picture

+1

If it didn't have financial ramifications, I woud be hard and heavy into the Xbox.

iball's picture

I hate winning.

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

dannychampion's picture

Winning is so mundane.

cyt_buck's picture

I'll tell say one thing, just from the picture and me trying to take the same one myself...those male cheerleaders holding the flags suck.

cyt_buck's picture

I'll also say this, my source at OU tells me the football players were already back and partying at around 6:00 pm ....I guess they didn't mind the blowout that much.

MoonDragons's picture

had OU upset the Bucks your sources may have told you that the Buckeyes were out and about on campus, having a good time. It may be hard to accept but it is just a game and it might mean more to you than it does to them.

buckeyedude's picture

"Our special teams suck."  I would love to hear this unusual bluntness from Tressel just once.

 

 

JakeBuckeye's picture

I feel sick for Kyle Parker right about now.

Gets injured off a dirty hit with an Auburn defender leading with his helmet (standard SEC bullshit, I've come to expect nothing else from any SEC player), but stays in the game and does as much as he physically can.

Buckeyeholicwompa's picture

Pryor did not have to throw 2 picks in a cupcake game like this and hurt his heisman chances.

andyr78's picture

I don't think the 2 picks hurt his Heisman chances at all.  Most of the voters are going to look at the body of work.  Not one game.  It's not bad at all for a QB to have 2 picks after 3 games.

JakeBuckeye's picture

I don't know why, and maybe I'm wrong, but I start to get REALLY irritated when Buckeye fans start worrying about TP's Heisman chances.

andyr78's picture

I am not concerned about the Heisman.  Actually to be honest I actually prefer him not to win the Heisman.  I can remember how Troy Smith played in the Bowl game after winning the Heisman.  I know it may not turn out the same, and might even be a little selfish.

JakeBuckeye's picture

I was referring to the guy that you replied too, "BUCKEYEHOLICWOMPA", not you when I posted that comment.

BuckeyeChief's picture

I agree!!!

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

+1

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

buckeyedude's picture

Still would rather have the other trophy. We don't need Pryor worrying about the Heisman.

 

 

BuckeyeChief's picture

SPARTY HAS GOT SOME BALLZ!!!

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

BuckeyeChief's picture

Iowa is getting smoked right now.

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

I missed the game today because i had to at attend a convention for work. I set my DVR to record the game on my first option for the Big 10 Network, which in the description at that time told me that it was the Bucks and OU. I get home after driving 10 ungodly hours to find out I have no such recording. I avoid any info related to this game the entire day so I could watch the game w/o any expectations but no game to watch. Ugh. Why is the Big 10 struggling? Wisconsin barely survives at home and Iowa is getting their arses handed to them.

cyt_buck's picture

Ironically, special teams problems seem to be affecting the whole conference. But personally for Iowa getting beaten badly right now, I know I should root for them but for some reason I am having a hard time doing that. Ricky Stanzi is getting back to his old pick 6 self. Makes me less worried about our game against them later in the year.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Stanzi sucks. Why can't they run the damn ball?

J.Mo's picture

I agree Stanzi sucks. I can't believe I stayed up until 2:00am watching Iowa. They got the tie then Arizona drives ~80 yards for a TD then Stanzi answer to the drive is being a stick in the mud and getting sacked 4 times?

iball's picture

Thanks Michigan, Iowa, Wisky, and Minny. 3 teams i hoped would turn the tide for the B10 this year. At least Nebraska is on the way.  They have Eric Crouch 2.0

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

J.Mo's picture

We can learn a lesson from Iowa. Iowa wasn't blitzing, Nick Foles had all day in the pocket because the so-called best d-line in the nation was the only 4 rushing the QB and getting no pressure on the QB.

 

Also if we watch Iowa's last drive, blitz Stanzi, he doesn't know what to do. Roll out of the pocket or something idiot. 

iball's picture

Claybourne is all they have, and with all the double teams he'll see this year, you can forget about any post-season accolades for him. he should go high in the draft.

I don't think Iowas backs did very well at picking up blitzes either. You cant put 5 defenders against 6 rushers all night and expect it not to bite you in the tail.

We always seem to play well at Iowa, cant remember the last time we lost there. Wisky worries me, we always seem to play at their level in Madison.

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

Nick Buckeye's picture

I'd say 2004, despite trying to forget it, I recall a beatdown.

J.Mo's picture

2004. Justin Zwick. Thinking of that game makes me want to cry myself to sleep. It's up there with the 2007 Illinois game and 2009 Purdue of games that I feel sick to my stomach.

E-roc's picture

Our special teams are indeed "Special". Everyone else gets off the bus, and they get off the short bus. 

It's unbelievable that we don't have any kickers than can boot the ball TO the goal line on a consistent basis. 

Buchanan should just boot all of his punts out of bounds from a max-protection punt formation. The blocked punt was ridiculous.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Can anyone point me to where I can watch yesterday's game before the 6pm showing on the B10? Highlights maybe?

iball's picture

http://www.bigtennetwork.com/

Click the OSU/OU link for highlights. Only about a 2 minute video. Check Lexco44 on YouTube. Usually takes him a day to get his videos together.

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

RBuck's picture

I don't know about you other folks, but the running game is starting to bother me more than the special teams play. The Bucks can't always leave it up to TP; the backs have to start producing and 3.9 YPC isn't going to cut it when they have to run down the clock in a close one.

Is the O-line spending all their practice time on pass protection?

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

in the middle of everyone getting me absolutely piss ass drunk for my birthday..i remember sexy Mark dantonio and his game ending fake fg call...absolutely went nuts..i love when i see the Big Ten flash some balls when they get the chance

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio was hospitalized with symptoms consistent with a heart attack shortly after an overtime victory against Notre Dame.

The school, which called a news conference for Sunday afternoon, said Dantonio had a stent put in a blocked blood vessel leading to the heart.

He will stay at Sparrow Hospital near campus for a few days.

Offensive coordinator Don Treadwell will lead the team during Dantonio's indefinite absence. The No. 25 Spartans play Northern Colorado on Saturday.

 

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To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

The offensive line is digressing every game with its run blocking. I gave much credit to Miami's front seven lasts weekend, but after today. Wow. We are in trouble. We can't open holes against Ohio, no way do we do it against Wisconsin, Penn State, Iowa, or Michigan. And the special teams...just wow. I wouldn't even call us an elite team at this point now. Not with those significant issues.

Adolphus Washington is half grizzly bear and half dragon | Noah Spence kills quarterbacks, just to watch them die.

JakeBuckeye's picture

2nd team was in as much as the 1st team against Ohio. Just saying.

andyr78's picture

I do not blame our running game on our line at all.  When your backs cannot run through arm tackles they are never going make it through the line.  Every run both Saine, and Herron has over 5 yards they haven't been touched.  You can't expect not to be touched when running between the tackles.  You need to be able to break through the arm tackles.  I know I am going to sound like a broken record, but I would really like to see Jordan Hall get a chance with the first team.  He seems to have the ablity to break/avoid tackles more.