Sugar Tastes So Sweet

By Johnny Ginter on January 5, 2011 at 12:30a
104 Comments

Justin Boren. Bryant Browning. Chimdi Chekwa. Ricky Crawford. Aaron Gant. Cam Heyward. Jermale Hines. Ross Homan. Garrett Hummel. Josh Kerr. Dexter Larimore. Chris Malone. Don Matheney. Jake McQuaide. Andy Miller. Brian Rolle. Brandon Saine. Dane Sanzenbacher. Grant Schwartz. Scott Sika. Connor Smith. Devon Torrence. Taurian Washington.

Thanks guys. All of you. Tyler Moeller and the rest, well, we'll see you guys next season. But for now, we're gonna take nice long bask in some Sugar Bowl glory, and rock out with some Great Lakes brew and Black Keys.

CRANK IT.

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Jason11's picture

Great day to be a Buckeye...Sugar and 15 and OH!

Natty Light's picture

problem Arkansas?

 

 

how to image tag?

Nik's picture

Does this win finally put Tressel above Woody?  Considering the greater parity these days, I'd have to say it just might.  Can't say for certain, but it almost definitely puts him on par

RoweTrain's picture

I'm only 25 and I love Woody for what he did for THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY...but yes, I believe it does.

741's picture

I love Coach Tressel but I believe he needs to win another championship in order to surpass the legend of Woody.

tomcollins's picture

This game was everything I love and hate about Jim Tressel at the same time.  In the end, the love wins out.

Poe McKnoe's picture

100% agree.  He knew exactly what he wanted to call in the first half and knew exactly how he wanted to run the clock out in the second half.  It's never pretty, but goddammit it works.

BuckeyeChief's picture

May getting booed!

 

"Clutch has no boundaries"

DMC's picture

HOW SWEET IT IS.

flipbuckeye's picture

LMFAO at the boos for Mark May during the interviews.

Denny's picture

Love you, Heyward and Rolle. Gonna miss you gents. Seniors, you did well. 

First half was pure bliss, second half was not so much. Solomon Thomas did a thing, and it all worked out. Wow.

Taquitos.

BigRedBuckeye's picture

Love this post. FTW.

And we'll drink to old Ohio, 'Til we wobble in our shoes! 

Bucksfan's picture

I LOVE OHIO STATE!!!!  GO BUCKEYES, DAMMIT!!!!!!Q

Johnny Ginter's picture

hey guess what brian rolle is as awesome as he is short

Johnny Ginter's picture

HAHAHA THAT LOOK SANZO GAVE WHEN TRESS TALKED ABOUT CLASSES

buckeyedude's picture

I LOVED it when Dane addressed Lou Holtz "Dr. Lou," and didn't give any love to May. LOL

 
 

gravey's picture

Love my Buckeyes!!  Hate those dicks at ESPN.   Thank you seniors.  Cam Heyward...class act.

RoweTrain's picture

I'm gonna miss all the seniors whether they played, contributed or whatever...They did what they did and they will be missed!

flipbuckeye's picture

Not sure how I can sleep after this. Gotta get up in 4 hours.

tomcollins's picture

Season finished about as good as possible after the Wisconsin debacle.  Another top 5 finish is likely.

1) Oregon or Auburn

2) TCU

3) Oregon or Auburn

4) Stanford

5) Ohio State

Buckeye in Athens's picture

Let's be real - the victory was not only against Arkansas, but Michigan, by way of Mallet.

Irricoir's picture

He's proven he still has Michigan in him!!

I don't always take names when I kick ass but when I do, they most often belong to a Wolverine.

buckeyedude's picture

Once a "Michigan Man," always a "Michigan Man." And Mallett proved it tonight! LOL!

 
 

matti's picture

bummed about one thing they had a free shot at douchebag may and didnt take it... but watching him and how uneasy he looked and how gamey crow tastes is awsome go bucks

BuckeyeChief's picture

....like Doss did to Trev Alberts? I wish that was on the DVD.

 

"Clutch has no boundaries"

matti's picture

i concure...may should take note trev is now a lunchlady in the southern nebraska school system .  it was classy sanzy goes shakes holtz hand then it gets awsomely akward

Irricoir's picture

I love the Janitor!!

I don't always take names when I kick ass but when I do, they most often belong to a Wolverine.

JakeBuckeye's picture

Sucks that he's a senior and we can't pin him with that name next year.

tomcollins's picture

Top 5 Buckeye wins under Tressel:

1) Miami 2003

2) Arkansas 2011

3) Oregon 2010

4) Michigan 2006

5) Michigan 2001

 

Anyone dispute this list?

Irricoir's picture

Spot on!

I don't always take names when I kick ass but when I do, they most often belong to a Wolverine.

Buckinnc's picture

switch 3 and 4, but you cant go wrong as long as miami is one

tomcollins's picture

At the time, it felt that way, but getting stomped by Florida takes so much away from it.

Getting the SEC Monkey off our back might be more than the Rose, but the Rose was a bit more prestigious.  Are there any other games.

MirrorLakeJump's picture

How about Holy Buckeye? Maybe #6? :)

741's picture

The Rose was sweeter. Michigan 2006 more epic. This was a nice win... but awkward.

JakeBuckeye's picture

This one is way sweeter for me. There's a lot of reasons, but just one of them is the SEC fans. With Oregon they can say "overrated" and move on. With this one they could say "overrated", but then how could they explain how they did so well in SEC play?

Johnny Ginter's picture

i think the oregon game is higher than tonight, although the job that the coaches did in shuffling their secondary and d-line and somehow containing mallett was maybe the best coaching job i've ever seen.

flipbuckeye's picture

Sounds about right.

billjones's picture

I will swap numbers 2 and 3, thank you.

Bucksfan's picture

I'm so effed up off the punch I made..GO BUCKS.. WOW  I LOVE YOUTHANK YOU FOR YOUR WIN!!!!

thedecline19's picture

Euphoria! Some of the last 4+ hours sucked, but most of it was awesome.

I love college football, I love college football, I love college football.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

When the pairing w/ Ark was announced, a Hawg fan commented that Ark was notorious for always doing random cluster f-k plays to lose big games, but he was sure that Petrino had ended the curse. $20 says that's what Hawg fans are saying about the failed opportunities in this game, especially the woulda. coulda punt block (non)TD.       

btalbert25's picture

This was an AWESOME win.  So happy for the seniors and Tressel, and the Tat 5.  Hard to hate on Pryor after watching him play and hearing what he had to say after the game.  In my opinion this is one of the most successful senior classes ever.  4 wins against Michigan, 4 BCS bowls, a rose bowl win and finally getting rid of that SEC monkey on their backs.

BigRedBuckeye's picture

How many years did the second half take off your life? I'm guessing six for me.

And we'll drink to old Ohio, 'Til we wobble in our shoes! 

KenK's picture

If not for the Lisinopril, last night would have been it for me...

Johnny Hooker: "He's not as tough as he thinks". Henry Gondorff: "Neither are we".

JakeBuckeye's picture

From the OZONE:

"Early reports from the Sugar Bowl post game are that Mike Adams, one of the five Buckeyes involved in the NCAA violations and five game suspension, refused to say he will return for his senior season as he promised. When asked a second time, Adams gave reporters the "knock it off" sign and walked off.

Meanwhile, Boom Herron has said he will be back, and will personally see to it that all the other players involved will too."

 

AngelHeartsBuckeyes's picture

And this little piggy cried "wee, wee, wee" all the way home!

Go Bucks!!!!

Buckeye born and bred. Buckeye til I'm dead.

RoweTrain's picture

I'll say it...O-H!!!!

JakeBuckeye's picture

I-OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RoweTrain's picture

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCKING RIGHT SIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BuckeyeChief's picture

Hail Tressel, savior of the Mid-West!

 

"Clutch has no boundaries"

Cleats8's picture

So, not sure anyone else noticed this but, both the basketball AND football buckeyes won by exactly 5 points. Is this some buckeye black magic going on or what? Either way I'm very, very happy. Also, there are the 5 suspended "tatgate" players....strange coincidence I guess.

Whatever though GO BUCKS!!!!!

AngelHeartsBuckeyes's picture

My favorite number is 5. So I guess its all me. Cool.

Buckeye born and bred. Buckeye til I'm dead.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

555 is the number of the beast's mother-in-law.

5 x 5 x 5 = 125, which was Ark's net rushing yds for the game.

5 + 5 - 5 = 10, which was Ark's FH point total.

Incidentally, Dan Brown won $1,000 betting on the Buckeyes in this game.

Eerie . . .

The_Lurker's picture

They did it for Chekwa (#5).

buckeyedude's picture

Voodoo. For sure.

 
 

AngelHeartsBuckeyes's picture

Watching it again on DVR already!

Buckeye born and bred. Buckeye til I'm dead.

Bucksfan's picture

1-9   YEAH!!!!!!!!!  Or rather, 1-0!!!!! Fuck the 9!!!!

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Because of their tragic history, I wouldn't normally pile on Ark. But SEC + their players seemed to do some triffling things in the game (e.g., Heyward was irate about something), they strutted around every time they made a reception, etc.

So much for mercy.  

KenK's picture

Saw that too. Pretty trashy behavior.

Johnny Hooker: "He's not as tough as he thinks". Henry Gondorff: "Neither are we".

Ethan's picture

After the blocked punt, was anybody else thinking, "Bryce Haynes would've personally ensured that kick got off, what with his deep snap being .2 seconds faster than anyone else"??? Anybody??

Buckeye in Athens's picture

I kid you not, that was my first thought.

Johnny Ginter's picture

hahahahahaha YES IN FACT I DID

Run_Fido_Run's picture

I was thinking that Buchanan took 18 belabored steps before trying to punt the ball, so Mr. Haynes might not have made a difference there.

JakeBuckeye's picture

We just beat ARK, and I'm celebrating for 40 days and 40 nights, baby!

And then maybe even a little more after that.

btalbert25's picture

I have a friend carrying on about how the Big 10 is a joke.  I said but the number 2 or possisbly 3 team in the Big 10 just knocked off the number 2 team in the SEC.  He said well it's easier for the Ohio State to make these BCS games.  I said so why is it that Tressel is 5-3 now in the BCS and Ohio State is 6-3 overall, clearly making it the most dominant team in the BCS era.  He had no response just as I thought.

Colin's picture

If we didn't win this I would've blamed those refs. We were getting screwed on everything, that fumble recovery, that safety. So many people were trying to make us lose.

On a positive note, as much as I freaked out about seeing such inexperienced players in the secondary (I think Howard could've sucked it up at least a little)...I have to give them all props. I expected Mallet to absolutely torch them and they held their own.

...............it did help that the Arkansas receivers had a bad case of the Poseys though.

btalbert25's picture

The only call I couldn't believe was the freakin safety, that was absolute BS.  That call alone cost them 5 points, not to mention what may have resulted if the Bucks sustained a long drive.  I have to say, losing Checkwa was a terrible loss.  I feel bad for the kid too.  He was probably going to get drafted in a decent spot, now he has surgery and rehab ahead of him.  Wish him all the best.

The_Lurker's picture

I did think Clarke had recovered that fumble and then had it pulled out of his hands, but it's always the last guy who comes out with it that gets it. The safety was a joke, and the false start when the defender came across was bad, too.

billjones's picture

I second the post describing this as the best and worst of Tressel Ball.  I hate to quibble, but wouldn't it have been nice to have coasted to a 15 point or so win? 

For those of you who are doubters of the Vest, shame!  You live in a world of rainbows & unicorns, where the Bucks go undefeated every year and beat the spread in every game.  Kindly go away.

Couldn't be happier for the seniors.  Well done.  You upheld the increasingly questionable honor of the Big Ten. 

btalbert25's picture

Didn't they still beat the spread?  If not for the phantom safety call, the game is a 2 score difference.

buckeyedude's picture

No NC for these seniors, but this has to be one of the most underrated classes ever, IMO.

 
 

Buckeye in Athens's picture

Loved the play action tight end pass that we rolled with in the first half

flipbuckeye's picture

Easily one of the best plays I've seen us run.  So out of character for us.

RoweTrain's picture

Sugar has never tasted so sweet...F5

NW Buckeye's picture

Cam was pissed because 1) he was held the whole game and it was only called once and 2) dick wad Mallet kicked him in the arm with his cleats -that's why he had his arm wrapped for the rest of the game. Pryor's injury also came at the bottom of a pile with a hog twisting the sh!t out of his ankle. Nice class shown by Ark/SEC players.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Exactly. Ark players had no class, so no quarter for Ark fans. Merciless taunting it will be.

flipbuckeye's picture

Don't forget the lineman chipping at Cam's knee.

btalbert25's picture

Heyward may Mallet squeal like a pig.

Colin's picture

Seriously did anyone notice how Mallet tried to kick anyone on top of him, like after every single tackle? I remember one time seeing him try to back swipe a kick to Andrew Sweat's (think it was him) go-nads.

KenK's picture

Mallet is such a girl. Also a little pissed at Hog linemen diving at Heward's knees. Fuck Arkansas.

Johnny Hooker: "He's not as tough as he thinks". Henry Gondorff: "Neither are we".

Buckeye in Athens's picture

This is going to make the off season a lot easier. Kick back, watch the basket ball Bucks into March, Braxton's spring debut as a Buckeye, discuss our loaded backfield, finish a stellar recruiting class, and talk about position battles for next year. It's like another thanksgiving, my friends.

Cleats8's picture

Ok I know I mentioned this earlier but I was reading about the OSU basketball game and guess what....

Ohio state basketball won by FIVE points over Iowa tonight, the first time we have beaten them FIVE times in a row in school history.  Ohio state football ALSO won tonight by FIVE points over arkansas, the first ever bowl win over the SEC in history for us.  The team also has FIVE suspended players.

Alright thought that was cool but I'm done now GO BUCKS!

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

I am still in awe.  Great game.  Tressel is a PHENOMENAL coach and I wear my vest w/pride.  Woody won a few more national championships but it took him 26 years.  Tress may be able to to that sooner in his career (hoping he stays as long and is still successful).  I wasn't alive for Woody's tenture sadly.  So the nod goes to Tress in my book. 

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

Bucksfan's picture

THIS REALLY HAPPENED!!!!  OHIO STATE BEAT AN SEC TEAM IN A BOWL!!!!! GO TP!!!!

btalbert25's picture

Yeah, after watching tonight and the effort that all the Tat 5 gave, makes you think next year is going to be special.  I think they all return.  I hope Brewster and Williams come back too.  The team could be very special again next year.  I have a feeling the suspension gets reduced to 2 or 3 games too.  We'll see I guess.  Great way to go out for the seniors though, I really feel this is the one of the best senior classes to go through Columbus.  I also think, despite what others say Pryor goes out as the most decorated QB in OSU history.  He beat the SEC, he won the Rose Bowl, he's beaten Michigan 3 times.  If he comes back after the suspension and beats Michigan and wins a title or another BCS game, who was more successful?

btalbert25's picture

In my opinion, Tressel is Ohio State's greatest coach.  He has won a lot of games.  He has taken this team to an unprecedented amount of BCS bowls.  He has the championship as well.  He has dominated Michigan and only 3 of those seasons that team was bad.  This point in time in college football there is a lot more competition than in Woody's tenure.  Also, and perhaps some will hate me bringing this up, but Tressel will never do anything to embarrass the program like Woody did.  It's not fair that he is remembered for something like that, but he did make a monumental mistake that day and Tressel will never do anything like that.

buckeyedude's picture

 Man, I'm going to miss seeing this guy in Scarlet and Gray. I told you Buckeyes fans he'd be "great." Ohio State wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher (12) dives on a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown against Arkansas during the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011.

 
 

Poe McKnoe's picture

Sanz is the man, homey.

buckeyedude's picture

I just realized something looking at that picture I posted...as Dane is diving for the ball, I see 5 freaking Razorback helmets, and they look like they are playing TWISTER!

 
 

Colin's picture

Any thoughts on tomorrow's front page picture???

I'm thinkin the TP Tressel chest bump, Dane diving for the ball in the endzone, or Cam Heyward on his knees in pure extasy after the interception.

ERIC OSU's picture

All those images I will cherish for a loooong time but I've got to go with the shot of cam.. sent chills down my back and it looked like his return for his senior year was vindicated and he was looking up to his pops ironhead... just a phenomenal picture with an amazing individual

Colin's picture

I agree, when I saw that I thought to myself, that is one of the most classic images I will ever see in my lifetime!

JakeBuckeye's picture

Can you link me to those three? Or at least the Cam one?

Colin's picture

Sorry but I don't know of any...yet.

I was just picking moments in the game that I figured would be the best images.

Poe McKnoe's picture

You know what? Screw Petrino and screw Arky's players.  Cocky sonsabitches that pout when things don't go their way.  OMFG what if you give Petrino 4 weeks to prepare for a game?  You get schooled by Jim Tressel and the Silver Bullets.  Something around 28-10 at half and could have been worse (could have been better for Arky).  Razorbacks don't get in it until Tressel goes full Tressel mode.  There's a reason why Jim Tressel rides the line of love/hate and tonight it was on full display.  Glad it worked out for the good guys.

Brutus's picture

Hey guys, I just got home from work. So what happened with the game?

JakeBuckeye's picture

Can we just make Solomon Thomas the spokesperson for every person on this team from now to the end of his career? What a guy.

Brutus's picture

What did Thomas say? I'm assuming this was on local cbus news?

JakeBuckeye's picture

He's just so well spoken. Especially for a guy that rarely gets media attention. He didn't really say anything eye-popping it was just really impressive the way he spoke and how he felt about the win.

http://espn.go.com/blog/bigten/post/_/id/22078/video-ohio-states-solomon...

He was also this great when the players were aplogizing to the media and fans.

NW Buckeye's picture

Thanks for the link.  Great video clip.  First INT ever!!!!