Seniors Rise to Occasion, Throttle the Wolverines

By Jason Priestas on November 27, 2010 at 6:50p
HOLLA IF YOU HEAR MEFor future reference: This is a penalty

After 15 minutes of play, Rich Rodriguez and his Wolverines were feeling pretty good. His offense, behind dynamic quarterback Denard Robinson was piling up yardage, while his maligned defense was holding the Buckeye offense in check, including holding OSU to two three-and-outs to start the game.

Things were going so well for the Wolverines that they outgained the Buckeyes 133-13 in the first quarter alone.  If it weren't for a couple of miscues that stalled or ended drives -- like a Robinson fumble inside the OSU 10 -- the Wolverines would have been playing with an early lead.

Instead, the Buckeyes got things going to take the lead on a 33-yard Devin Barclay field goal to go up three at the start of the second quarter and then followed it up with a 7-yard touchdown strike from Pryor to Sanzenbacher to storm ahead by 10. The pivotal play in the drive came when Pryor, scrambled back 20 yards on a third-and-six to roll left and find Taurian Washington on the sideline for a first down.

Later, when the Wolverines answered with a Michael Shaw one yard run to cut the lead back to three, Jordan Hall's 85 yard return on the ensuing kickoff put OSU up 17-7 (massive credit to Jaamal Berry for a killer block on the return). And then then Ohio State went to work building on said lead.

Thanks to a 24-point second quarter, the Buckeyes walloped Michigan 37-7, giving Jim Tressel his seventh-straight win over the Wolverines and ninth in ten tries.

The Buckeyes got contributions from just about everyone on the afternoon. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor started hot, completing 10 of his first 12 before finishing 18/27 for two touchdowns to go along with 49 yards on the ground. He did have one interception on a poorly thrown ball to end the 1st half when it looked like OSU might pad their lead heading into the break, but overall, he turned in a solid game, doing just enough to keep plays alive and moving the team when it mattered. Running back Boom Herron had a monster afternoon, putting up 175 yards on 22 carries including an 89 yard scamper in the 3rd quarter that in reality should have been a 98-yard touchdown run, but was negated by a phantom holding call on Dane Sanzenbacher. Still, the run was good enough to tie the longest run from scrimmage in OSU history (Gene Fekete - 1942).

On the defensive side of the ball, it was all Brian Rolle and Jermale Hines.  The two seniors were everywhere -- Rolle shadowing Robinson and the running backs and Hines breaking up passes to kill Michigan drives.  The defense as a whole played with such a ferocity after the opening quarter that Robinson was put out of the game with an injured hand and then his replacement, Tate Forcier, was treated to intercepted passes and sacks when he came on in relief.

After Herron scored on a 32-yard run to put OSU up 31-7 at the start of the third quarter, the game was played out to the tune of the defense shutting down Forcier and keeping the Wolverines at bay, while the offense moved the ball somewhat, settling for two more Barclay field goals for the  final margin.

“I didn’t think it was a penalty but I don’t make the calls. I wouldn’t change what I did if I could do the play again if that makes it any better. Sorry to Boom to steal his touchdown. I was just trying to help clear the way for him to get into the end zone.”

Dane Sanzenbacer on the phantom holding call

In the end, things worked out as we had expected -- perhaps and then some.  The Wolverines entered averaging 515 yards of total offense, but were only able to muster 218 in the final three quarters, finishing with 351 on the afternoon (less than 100 in the second half when they gave up their will to live).  The seven points were also a season low for the Wolverines and their offensive genius of a coach.

The final margin was the second-most lopsided in the series since 1968, behind the 42-7 win in Columbus two years ago, meaning the Buckeyes have outscored the Wolverines 79-14 in the last two meetins in Columbus. For what it's worth, Jim Tressel now has more Big Ten titles (7) than Rich Rodriguez has wins in conference (6).

Ohio State now awaits their BCS bowl opponent while the Michigan AD Dave Brandon likely has a tough decision ahead of him.


  • The officiating was really shaky today. Beyond the phantom holding call against Dane that robbed Boom of a 98-yard touchdown, there were two penalties assessed to Ohio State players (Posey and Boom) for showing off the Block O on their gloves after scoring.  Which is odd, because doing the same wasn't a penalty in Pasadena in January.
  • The win gave OSU a sixth-straight Big Ten championship, matching Woody's run from 1972-77.
  • The seven straight wins over Michigan are the longest in series for OSU.  Now, let's get seven more.
  • Mad love to Brian Rolle's pops who showed up in a white tux for Senior Day.  You must be just as awesome as your son, sir.
  • Boom's huge afternoon pushed him over 1,000 yards on the season. Raise your hand if you thought he'd end up here after the fourth game of the season.
  • Travis Howard and Orhian Johnson both showed up today. After some early tackling struggles, particularly out of Johnson, he answered with a forced fumble that was recovered by Nathan Williams. Howard finished with a fumble recovery of his own and an interception.
  • Most importantly, that's another batch of seniors that will leave Columbus with four (and in some cases five) pairs of Gold Pants.

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ERIC OSU's picture

Now that The Hogs have beaten LSU

.... ARK...Sugar Bowl...????

Jason Priestas's picture

Looking like it.  Unless SC upsets Auburn in the SEC Championship, then we'll get the OBC.

BuckeyeChief's picture

Looks like LSU is out of the mix. I hope S. Carolina wins next week.

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tomcollins's picture

Who knows who we get.  LSU could still be picked.  My guess is Arkansas.  They look like the 2nd best SEC team, not sure I want to mess with them.  LSU is trash, though.  South Carolina wouldn't impress anyone.  Auburn gonna destroy them, though.  SEC makes it 5 in a row when they destroy Oregon.

poguemahone's picture

South Carolina already played Auburn close in Auburn. And Arkansas gave up 65 to Auburn. I'm more scared of USCe, who since they're basically Wisconsin with better receivers.

tomcollins's picture

Everyone has played Auburn close :)  Arkansas, USCe are both decent teams and good enough to play us tough.  LSU gives us a bit more breathing room, but not much.

Luke's picture

LSU's out of the mix. The President of the Sugar Bowl said their considerations are down to Auburn, South Carolina, and Arkansas after the game.

tomcollins's picture

Interesting.  Surprised LSU is out being the hometown favorite.  No idea how Auburn could end up in the Sugar, if they lose, USCe is in.  If they win, they are going to the championship.

Luke's picture

Great point.

buckeyedude's picture

I wouldn't bet against the Ducks.



btalbert25's picture

I have to disagree.  After watching Oregon this weekend, I don't think Auburn's D would stop them at all.  Not sure they'd stop Auburn too often either, but I don't see Auburn spanking Oregon.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Watched from the stadium so I couldn't see replays all that well -- did TSUN actually score?

flipbuckeye's picture

Looked like it to me.

nickma71's picture

It depends on which part of the rule book you are reading. The stupid part that says you don't have to get in, or the part that says complete control and one or two feet in, depending on the league.

buckeyedude's picture

I believe the same official that called Dane for the phantom holding call and the "excessive celebration" on Posey, eagerly awarded scUM with it's only touchdown.

I could be wrong, though.



Luke's picture

And for those that asked:

BuckeyeChief's picture

Bowls aren't my concern tonight; I feel like it's my b-day, I won the Super Bowl and the World Series, and Christmas day x 10 right now.

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Matthew's picture

Tyler Moeller could leave with 6 pairs of Gold Pants.

Class of 2010

tomcollins's picture

What is this could talk?

Tyler Moeller WILL leave with 6 pairs!


On the Block O hand signs.....   the Miami Hurricanes have made a living flashing a "U" that is part of their gloves...I have never seen a penalty called on them!!

DMC's picture

I also feel like Ingram flashes an A whenever he scores.


EDIT: Little late.


yep....  he sure does.  Those calls were just bullshit!!  Imagine me trying to explain those calls to a 9-year old when I didnt understand WTF the refs were


Michigan's defense played well for 1 quarter....  after that first quarter they seemed to play at a much different speed.  Ohio State's defense got better as the game went on and that was the key.......  D. Robinson is a great player and Tress was content letting him get his yards and forcing Michigan into mistakes.  That strategy yielded a ton of yards in the first half, but very little in the way of points... and that's all that counted.  2nd half was Vintage Tressel and every Buckeye fan should thank all that is holy that he is our coach.....  he knows how to protect a lead and build on it when given the opportunity.  Is anyone saying Nick Saban is the best coach in America after losing 3 games and blowing a 24 pt. lead against his arch-rival??  Tressel is the winningest coach in Division 1 (behind JoPa) and wins almost 85% of the games he coaches in.   6 Conference championships in a row--9 of 10 vs. Michigan......  wow!!

BuckeyeChief's picture

Tajh Boyd looking like trash right now!

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blazers34's picture

man Clemson sucks.  Seem to be overrated every year

BuckeyeChief's picture

I'm still bitter...

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BuckeyeChief's picture

Holy crap I've watched 5 minutes of the game... He can't hold onto the ball and he is getting tattoo'ed.

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BuckeyeChief's picture

Iowa... WTF?!?!

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blazers34's picture

11w just RT a site saying that Randy Shannon has been fired.


Hard to believe he gets canned and RR keeps his job.  Seems to have ran a clean program there, and got their APR into top 5 in the nation (i think).  They certainly havent been good but have made bowl games, plus he has been a Cane forever.

RR runs a dirty program (eh, kind of) and cant win at all.  also, he refuses to embrace many UM traditions, and treats OSU like just another game.


Im fine with RR staying, because we will keep beating their ass, but damn.......are the people up north sick of this shit?   citing a 7 win season as improvement?????  pathetic


Damn... I wanted Shannon to stay one more year--his incompetent coaching would have helped OSU win in Miami next year. 

BuckeyeChief's picture

Not yet...ESPN jumped the gun.

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I live in South Florida.....  this info comes from a local source.....

original buckeye's picture

Officiating was way beyond poor in the game. Sadly it's nothing new for the Big Ten, which has, season in and season out, the worst football officiating of any conference. The ridiculous end zone celebration penalties, the phantom holding call on Sanz, etc. What an embarrassment for the conference.

DarthSweaterVest's picture

Does anyone know if we have ever played Arkansas in football?

Jason Priestas's picture

It appears we have not.

DarthSweaterVest's picture

I didn't think so.  Good matchup, I would say.  Dual threat TP vs pocket passer Mallett. 

Jason Priestas's picture

Yeah, a sure test for a beat-up secondary.  But since he spent some time at UM, we should be able to channel the hate.

Ultrabuckeyehomer's picture

I don't know how I feel about playing Ark in the Sugar.   It seems like the worst matchup out of the SEC for us.  But, on the other hand, it is Arkansas and they are not accustomed to playing in big BCS games. 

I just want a Sugar invite for sure. I like our chances to win that game against SC, LSU or Ark. Those are good, not great teams this year (hey, kinda like us). They'd all be close games.

Also, thank god we avoid both TCU and Boise ... After Gee's comments, I was sure we'd get matched up in a no-win situation. 


KCAlum's picture

So for next year's game do we wear throwback 1919 uni's to honor Chic Harley?

buckeyedude's picture

Is that the "pre-leather helmet" era?

Chic kind of looks like Matt Damon, don't ya think?



J.Mo's picture

2012 game should honor the 2002 team and "throw-back" to the unis with the grey on the sleeves.

buckeyedude's picture

I was at a large saloon, with roughly 200 people, half of them Misheegoon fans(I'm in Toledo), and even the UM fans sitting next to me said that the penalty against Posey for diving into the end zone and showing the "O" on his gloves was bullshit.

I guess the officials want to make sure nobody gets injured flashing the block "O".



gravey's picture

Another weird game.  The most unsatisfying blow out of all time.  We got big run plays, but couldn't seem to blow them off the ball in the power run game.  Boom -1 in the first half.  Pryor threw the exact same pic as he has twice already this season.  Officiating was bizarre.  They shot themselves in the foot so many times they have nothing below the knees.  Roundtree was killing them.  They couldn't punt or kick.  Our redzone offense looked shaky again...coulda put up another 21 or so on them.   What a weird season.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

I kinda agree: definitely a weird game today, for the reasons you mention, and sort of a weird season, too. Very high expectations + Wisc loss + relatively light schedule overall.

This season will be remembered based on the bowl game, especially if it's in the Sugar against an SEC team. If the Buckeyes get that monkey off their backs, and let's say Wisc destroys in the Rose (or possibly even plays in the NCG), then the team will go down as a great Buckeye team. Lose the bowl game and - fairly or not - it will be seen as a disappointing year.  

btalbert25's picture

I can't be disappointed with 1 loss.  This has been a fun season to watch.  The guys have been pretty resilliant too.  Tressel has been more animated than normal.  6th strait Big 10 title, beat Michigan by 30. The team basically blasted 9 teams on their schedule, instead of playing every game close.  I mean the Bucks lost the one game that most people picked them to lose coming into the season, In my opinion it was a successful season no matter wath the outcome of the bowl game is. 

fadeproof's picture

Damn you, Jason. Brianrolled again......

jfunk's picture

A shiny nickel for anyone who can point me in the direction of a copy of the game... Surprisingly they weren not covering it in Austria...

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BuckeyeChief's picture

Not sure...I may try to copy it to my laptop...if I can, maybe I can mail a copy?

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jfunk's picture

Probably use that as a last resort. It's a lot easier for me just to snag a torrent but somehow I ticked off the powers that be at 10yardtorrents and can't make use of their services at the time being.

Scotch: It may be too early to drink it, yes; but people it is never to early to think about it.

Nik's picture

likely won't be up until Monday, but either TYT, buckeye planet, or big ten tracker.  If I were to dl the TYT .torrent file, would i be able to e-mail that to you or would it still not work?


EDIT: Here's the B10 tracker torrent in HD

jfunk's picture

Thanks Nik, you're a life saver.

Scotch: It may be too early to drink it, yes; but people it is never to early to think about it.

yrro's picture

I am *amazed* at the excuses being made for RichRod.

Yes, talent was a little low in the secondary when he took over, and the recruiting class the year before was not as good as it looked on paper... but this was not Indiana he took over. yet somehow Indiana is the only team he has managed to beat consistently. He is nowhere close to competitive with the good schools in the big ten and is beating the bad schools by the skin of his teeth.

They don't give out big ten championships to the team with the most yards from scrimmage.

And what is the expectation for next year? A team that only loses by one or two scores to their biggest rivals? A team that *might* sniff 8 or 9 wins in the fourth year of the worst coaching record in Michigan history? He's still two years away from a win in the OSU game not being a colossal upset. *Maybe* if he got a real defensive coordinator, they could be good in 2012... six full years after their last good season.

It's disgusting. And it amazes me how many of them are willing to put up with it.

btalbert25's picture

I think it's funny that all the networks are assuming Arkansas is a lock for the Sugar Bowl when Auburn eeked one out against South Carolina once already.  I also think it's funny that everyone is worried about playing Arkansas.  Mallet has a tremendous arm, but the guy throws at least 2 picks a game not to mention their defense isn't great. 

I also heard on Fox Sports Radio last night, their BCS guru is projecting Ohio State to leapfrog Wisconsin somehow.  They said the guy hasn't been wrong all year on his projection.  So don't sleep on playing TCU just yet. 

gwalther's picture

Can we please get some Ohio State undergrad student, or some other tech-savvy member of 11W to CHANGE THE PICTURE on Jim Tressel's WIKIPEDIA page. The picture is terrible, weak, and unbecoming of our coach.


Please, someone, help solve this.

Class of 2008

Matt M.'s picture

We made life hell for that sorry excuse for a band scUM has. Treated them to 'We Don't Give A Damn' all day long, but especially in the 4th quarter. Just kept getting louder and louder as the clock ran down. Awesome day.

Don't think it's gonna happen after hanging 70 on NW, but I would love to jump Bucky and get to the Rose Bowl for the second year in a row. Fingers crossed.

blazers34's picture

eh, not me.  they deserve it.  they beat our ass

ColdBuckeye's picture

Did you notice which hand Denard was carrying his helmet with on the sidelines - after he told Rich Rod he couldn't play anymore?

BuckeyeChief's picture

My thoughts exactly.

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Buckeye_Mafia's picture

We held *ichigan to their lowest point total and yardage this season. And also, anyone notice LSU is still 5th in the BCS? A 10-2 team ahead of 4 or 5 11-1 teams? Really? Man eff the SEC and the media bromance that is the rediculous love for that conference. Also, Boom, you got totally ripped off. Big Ten officiating has to be the WORST in the NCAA.

"At critical moments throughout the season, we learned about the character of this football team.  This was a team of true character, of true resilience." -- President Barack Obama

Nappy's picture

You must be looking at last weeks BCS standings. They're 11th in AP.

I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face

Buckeye Black's picture

I think I could watch Pryor make their d-line look stupid while firing a laser that Mr. April actually caught all day.