A Star Is Born

By Joe Beale on October 30, 2011 at 3:17a
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"I saw him the whole time. It was like candy from a baby."Braxton Miller made all the plays and then some.
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This may not be the greatest team to ever take the field for Ohio State, but you have to admit this: they give you a lot to talk about after a win. Only two weeks removed from an epic "Puntageddon", where OSU completed only 1 of 4 passsing attempts in a win at Illinois, the Buckeyes roared back from near-death to a claim a resounding victory over the visiting Wisconsin Badgers in a rare Saturday night game in the Horseshoe.

In a play reminiscent of Troy Smith's famous Heisman-showcase touchdown pass against Penn State, Braxton Miller hit fellow freshman Devin Smith with a 40-yard touchdown pass with 20 seconds remaining in the game to give OSU a 33-29 lead. Andrew Sweat deflected a last second desperation pass by Russell Wilson from midfield to seal the win.

Ohio State's defense held Wisconsin to only 104 yards rushing, almost half of that on one run by Montee Ball in the 4th quarter. Ball finished with 90 yards on 18 carries for the night, but he was generally held in check by OSU's swarming tacklers. Forced to throw often, Wisconsin's Russell Wilson completed 20 of 33 passes for 253 yards and 3 TD's with no INT's. Wilson's heroics almost allowed the Badgers to escape with a win, but Miller was having none of it.

After Wilson found Jared Abbrederis all alone on the right sideline for a 49-yard TD pass to put Wisconsin up 29-26 (2-point conversion good), it seemed like all was lost for the Buckeyes. With only 1:18 remaining, UW kicker Kyle French teed it up and kicked a line-drive to Jordan Hall at the OSU 6. Hall, whose fumble had let Wisconsin back into the game earlier, partially redeemed himself by taking it upfield and, after a few nifty moves, was finally tackled at the Buckeye 48.

The excellent return, followed by three plays to get a first down at the Badger 40, set the stage for Miller's last-minute heave. For a while though, it seemed that such amazing plays would not be necessary. OSU seized control of the game in the 3rd quarter, only to lose control in the 4th. It was a wild night in Columbus, and this is how it unfolded.

At the start of the game the crowd was raucous and ready to welcome Brett Bielema and company in a very hostile manner. Looking sharp in their 1961 throwback Nike Pro Combat uni's, the Buckeyes kicked off to start the game just like last year at Madison, but the result was dramatically different as Nate Ebner tackled Abbrederis at the 16 yard line. No Gilreath, no touchdown, no instant 7-0 deficit, things were going to change some this time.

Wilson dropped back to throw on the first play, catching OSU by surprise. The resulting 18-yard completion gave them a first down at their own 34. But from there, the Buckeye defense set the tone for what would be a tough night on the ground for the Badgers. First, Montee Ball was stopped for only a 2 yard gain on 1st down. A 2nd down pass netted another 5 yards, but then Wilson was forced out of the pocket on 3rd down and the resulting scramble left them a yard short of the first down. The first of many UW punts gave OSU the ball at their own 10.

Passing

  Cmp/Att Pct Yds TD Int Rat
Miller 7/12 58.3 89 1 0 148.1

Rushing

  Att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum
Herron 33 160 4.8 57 0 0
Miller 19 98 5.2 44 2 0
Hall 6 9 1.5 6 1 1

Receiving

  Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum
Smith 1 40 40.0 40 1 0
Brown 4 34 8.5 15 0 0
Hall 1 8 8.0 8 0 1
Boren 1 7 7.0 7 0 0

Ohio State's first play was, predictably, a run. But good blocking out of the pistol formation allowed Dan Herron to scoot 12 yards for a first down. Herron had been in tears earlier during the National Anthem, and it appeared that he was ready to have a big game against UW. 

On 1st down from the OSU 22, Miller dropped back and heaved a long pass down the left side for Philly Brown. Brown fought off the defender (holding, anyone?) but could not get his hands up in time to grab the pass and it bounced off his facemask. A run by Herron and a scramble by Miller yielded nothing, and so OSU punted on thier first possession.

After receiving the punt at their own 32, Wilson and the Badger passing offense got to work. Passes of 8 yards to FB Bradie Ewing (where is this play in OSU's playbook?), 14 yards to 12th year senior Nick Toon, and another 14 yards to Ewing set them up with a first down at the Buckeye 25 yard line (sandwiched around a pair of short runs from Ball).

Ball carried for 3 yards on 1st down, and then Wilson threw incomplete to the end zone. On 3rd down, Wilson spotted Ball open as an outlet 5-6 yards down the field. As he threw, OSU safety Christian Bryant appeared to have a bead on the interception, but he whiffed on it and Ball grabbed the ball and scooted into the end zone for the initial score of the night. After the PAT, UW was up 7-0.

The defenses settled down after that, and it became a battle of field position into the 2nd quarter. OSU got the better of it, forcing Wisconsin to start at their 8, and then held the Badgers to a 3-and-out (with a little help from the crowd in the closed end of the stadium). So the Buckeyes started their 4th possession on their own 47, and they moved methodically into position for a field goal, with Drew Basil getting a favorable bounce off the left upright to close the lead to 7-3. The drive went 31 yards on 10 plays, as Walrus-ball was in full force. Three punts and lots of futility later, it was halftime with the same score.

Ohio State received the ball to start the 2nd half, and they got it going very quickly as Herron broke off a 58-yard run all the way to the Wisconsin 18. After a comical fumbled snap and busted-play QB keeper lost a yard, Herron got loose again, this time bouncing the play outside to the right and was finally pushed out of bounds at the Badger 2. After gaining nothing on first down, Herron appeared to score on 2nd down, only to have the TD overturned on review (his knee was down at the 1 foot line). Another run by Herron gained nothing, and it was decision time for Luke Fickell. Turns out the decision was an easy one, as they went for it and Braxton Miller scored on a bootleg keeper to the right side, juking a Wisconsin DE along the way and then walking in with a bit of a swagger. After the PAT, OSU led 10-7.

More great special teams coverage forced UW to start at their 19 on the next series, and the OSU defense rose up and forced another 3-and-out (aided by a false start penalty). On the resulting punt, Ryan Shazier soared around the "shield" blockers on the right side and blocked the ball high in the sky behind the punter. Curtis Grant, getting his first significant action on the year, recovered the ball on the Wisconsin 1 yard line and OSU was in business again.

After losing a yard on 1st down and being stopped for no gain on 2nd, Jordan Hall ran the stretch play left and eventually picked his way into the end zone. After the PAT, Ohio State led 17-7 and it was looking very much like they had solved the Badgers both on offense and defense. The Buckeye front wall held on the next series, with John Simon pressuring Wilson into an incompletion on 3rd down and forcing another punt. But then the Badgers would get the one break they needed to get back in the game.

Jordan Hall set up to receive the punt at the OSU 30 and, eschewing the fair catch, he decided to field the ball with a man in his face. He took his eyes off the ball for a moment, and that caused a fumble that was recovered by the Badgers at the 29. A 6 yard run by James White and a 14 yard Wilson pass to Abbrederis gave them a 1st down at the OSU 9. On 3rd and goal from the 1, UW brought in extra blockers and powered the ball in over left tackle. The PAT closed the lead to 17-14.

The Wisconsin defense, fired up by the reversal of fortune, stiffened on the next series. OSU was able to drive the ball out to midfield, but a holding penalty and a deflected pass on 3rd down stalled the drive and forced another punt. This time Ben Buchanon dropped the ball down to the UW 8 yard line. A penalty on the return brought it back to the 4, but Wilson completed to Ewing (again!) for 15 yards and a 1st down to give them some breathing room. After a 2 yard run by White, the quarter ended with OSU still clinging to a 3-point lead.

Moving from the open end of the stadium to the closed end due to the quarter change, Wisconsin's offense took a turn for the worse. As the crowd blasted his eardrums, Wilson dropped back to pass, but was pressured by Simon and Company. As he did the previous week against MSU, Wilson threw the ball away to no one in particular and was flagged for intentional grounding. The loss of down and field position hurt and the Badgers were forced to punt again, this time giving OSU the ball at their 47. A steady diet of Herron took the ball all the way to the UW 5, but it stalled there and OSU settled for a field goal to take a 20-14 lead.

"I love this game, and I love my country."Herron was serious about winning tonight.

Wisconsin didn't fare much better on their next possession, and after 4 plays they were forced to punt again to the OSU 38. From there, Herron carried for 6 yards from the Wildcat, Miller rushed for 4 yards on a scramble, Hall carried for 6 yards on a Dave play to the right, Herron carried up the middle for 2, and then Miller ran the option left and kept it for a 44-yard touchdown run. The play was reminiscent of Terrelle Pryor's winning TD run against the Badgers in 2008, and Miller ran the last 20 yards with the same type of swagger that he had showed on his first TD. A 2-point conversion attempt failed, but OSU now held a 26-14 lead with 4:39 remaining in the game. It looked like the curtain was about to fall on Wisconsin.

But the Badgers' senior QB responded the same way he did against the Spartans, putting together a drive that got them back in the game in less than a minute. First, Ball broke off a 40 yard run on 3rd and 1, and then Wilson threw 17 yards to Abbrederis on a post pattern for the TD on the next play to pull the Badgers to 26-21 with just under 4 minutes to go.

Ohio State was unable to pick up a first down on the next possession, and Bielema used his timeouts to save time. As a result, UW got the ball back after a punt on their 32 with 2:36 remaining. Two pass completions and an 8 yard run from Ball took the ball to the OSU 49. From there, Wilson dropped back and held the ball, then pump-faked to draw safety Christian Bryant to the middle, then uncorked the 49 yard TD pass to Abbrederis to take the lead. A 2-point conversion on a nifty shovel pass made the lead 29-26, meaning a FG would do no more than tie the game.

I have to admit, I was pretty stunned at that point, and I'm sure most observers were. It seemed like shades of USC 2009. But Hall's return restored hope and brought the crowd back into it. As Miller completed a pass to Zack Boren (!!!) to get into Badger territory, I posted a remark on twitter "Let's get the TD here for the win". Little did I know how dramatic the fulfillment of that wish would be.

After the completion to Boren, Miller scrambled for 2 yards but did not pick up a first down. At that point, Fickell was forced to take a timeout. They must have given Miller two plays during that break, because after Herron picked up the first down on a 3 yard run, Miller immediately got the team up and into a passing formation. From there, he dropped back to pass, but saw a Badger DE moving past J.B. Shugarts into the backfield. Miller cut underneath the DE and scrambled to his right. He avoided another UW defender and, just before going out of bounds and before crossing the line of scrimmage, he suddenly pivoted and threw across his body back to the middle of the field to a streaking Devin Smith in the end zone. Smith cradled the ball and broke Badger hearts everywhere. The PAT gave OSU a 33-29 lead with only 20 seconds left.

There was some drama on the final possession. Wilson threw deep down the left side, and the pass was broken up when Bradley Roby dropped an interception. C.J. Barnett broke up a deep ball on the next play, but on 3rd down, an unnamed OSU defender was called for a facemask penalty, giving Wisconsin one more shot with no time left on the clock. From the OSU 45, Wilson dropped back deep again, but this time he was forced to scramble by Adam Bellamy on the pass rush, and as he stepped up to throw, LB Andrew Sweat closed in and hit his arm when he threw, causing the pass to flutter harmlessly to the ground. The game was over, and fans from all around the packed stadium flooded the field in celebration.

Miller finished the night with 187 yards of total offense, with 2 TD's on the ground and one big one through the air. Most importantly from the standpoint of the coaching staff, he had no fumbles or interceptions. I think it's safe to say that the questions surrounding Braxton Miller have been answered. There was a bit of a flutter on his game-winning TD pass, but again if the ball gets to the right spot it makes no difference. The young freshman quarterback has definitely "stepped into manhood" with this performance, and it should be fun to watch him for the rest of the season.

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Bruce's picture

Gonna be fun re-watching this one tomorrow as I clear it off the DVR and put it onto DVD.

 

Go Bucks

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acBuckeye's picture

Awesome.... i do the same thing.

AGL's picture

happy for Braxton and the outcome of game.  My focus during game was on D line,  Simon and He Ate Me are also stars in my mind, wisky o-line owned them last year, not this year.  That finish was awesome, what a relief!  Some " star is born" consideration should be given to person or persons holding, bringing this team along ?  Team just seems cohesive and getting better every week.

BrewstersMillions's picture

I made a comment via text to a friend at the game that Miller reminded me of Skynet, from Terminator. It didn't seem like much at first then it started to come together. He asked me why I was calling him that and I explained in my nerdiest tone possible that Skynet was nothing to worry about until it came online and became self aware. Miller was growing up in front of us (A term I hate to be honest) or dare I say...coming on line. It was little things. Running the right direction, making the right cuts, making good throws. His line would look a lot better if Brown and Stoney caught those first quarter passes-Either way, he's going a long way to convince me the Big Ten might be in some trouble for the next 3 years.

He is Skynet....he is coming online.

4-6 seconds from point A to point B and when you get to point B, be pissed off

Abe Froman's picture

I like it.  Maybe not the best comparison, but definitely a good one.  He is definitely improving as is the entire offense.  Miller Time is too easy and already a trademark by Miller Brewing, so we fans have to jump onto something else.  His stoic approach may be an option as he rarely looks excited.  The lack of emotion may be due to some Cyborg programming, as you have noted.

 

This would be a good time to develop / originate a moniker for B. Miller, but after the LiC that got entirely out of hand on here, we shouldn't rush into making him the next savior.  Maybe the beginning of the Canterbury Tales or something would suffice for a good article as the Miller's Tale continued this weekend.

 

Needing some bacon rolled in flour....

Basking in the wake of mediocrity.....

Menexenus's picture

Love the handle and the sig, Abe.  :-)

Real fans stay for Carmen.

jenks's picture

I was thinking power rangers with those unis

Bucks's picture

Mighty Morphin ;) Wow, that takes me back some years.

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

I can't stand the procombat uni's. Actually I'm more tired of Phil Knight smearing his fecal matter all over the tradition of college football. I say let the schools with no tradition or history play dress up.

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

BuckeyeChief's picture

The helmets where spot on. Jerseys almost there, pants not even close. Overall, for one game a year, it's cool. If it where permanent...no thanks. The first ones where really ugly though.

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

Bucksfan's picture

A girl we watched the game with said they looked like Iron Man's helmet.  How can that not be awesome?  I'd love to see them again, but without the black #'s, and maybe with buckeye leaves.

BuckeyeChief's picture

You didn't catch the liveblog, right?

Here is the one it was based off of:

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6215/6290489584_96b4ce5303_o.jpg

The red part of the helmet was padding.

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6057/6289946149_63ae707f16_o.jpg

 

 

 

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

Denny's picture

Agree with this to the max - the pants were awful. Loved the number font on the jerseys.

Taquitos.

Hoody Wayes's picture

What a satsfying victory, huh?

Bucks's picture

Beautiful.

741's picture

So pissed I failed to DVR the game. Anyone know of when it will be replayed?

Bucks's picture

Assuming it will be the game of the week for BTN.

There are also "bootleg" uploads of the game if you are so inclined.

AeroBuckeye2001's picture

Confirmed. Will be on BTN tonight @ 8pm.

The Ohio State University Class of 2001
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slippy's picture

If you have access to ESPN3 you can watch a replay on there anytime.

741's picture

I might try that - have never done it. Have no patience or confidence in the bit torrent stuff.

Squirrel Master's picture

Gotta story to tell. Not unbelievable but good none the less.

Seems like everytime my brother and I get together to watch the game (ie: 2006,2007,USC,WISC last year), we end up pissed and just depressed. We were beginning to think that we should never watch a game together ever again. but last night we get together for dinner and maybe to watch the game. Hesitant we decide to check it out. Not thinking about it, my brother recently cancelled his cable but he still had basic channels and he assumed it was on ABC. It was not, it was on ESPN which he doesn't have. This was sign #1. We received a call that another family member was watching the game at a local bar. Well this local bar is the inhabitant of someone else I refuse to watch a game with (during the USC game, good guys up by less than a touchdown and USC driving at the end *sorry to bring up bad memories* he says "It's in the bag. OSU wins!" I scream bloody murder before USC even scored cuz I knew he jinxed it. This was bad sign #2. but we go cuz gotta watch the game. Luckily that guy was not there.

We watch Wisconsin come back in that final 4 mins to take the lead. I look at my brother and say, "Last time. I am never watching another game with you!" Then Hall brings it back to the 48 and I'm thinking wait a sec. Then Braxton does what I never thought he would do, and it was a floater that reminded me of Pryor's arm punts, and hits Smith in the endzone! I tell you what, the curse ended, we found a new home bar for games and I woke up this morning for the first time in a year thinking good thoughts!

Great game!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

buckeyefanatic's picture

"Pryor's arm punts"

ROFL ... +1

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iball's picture

As I wake up today, I can see now a scenario where Fick could keep his job. However, Jim bollman continued to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that he has got to go. Very frustrating watching his lack of creativity at the goal line. I never understood handing off five yards behind the LOS.

“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

Squirrel Master's picture

and not one rollout when you can see Wisconsin stuffing the middle! couple times I know Braxton would have streaked down the sideline for 20 yards before anyone could have got him. again, Bollman will be saved by the talent that OSU brings in and it is just sad. He must go, Fickell stays and we bring in a top notch OC.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

jenks's picture

Caught this in the PD this morning (its not about the offense, but still a coach doing what a coach should do):

The Buckeyes have replaced Sweat with the quicker, younger, fresher Ryan Shazier in the fourth quarter of some recent games, particularly to have Shazier spy on the quarterback. Ohio State did some of that again Saturday. But when it came down to crunch time, head coach Luke Fickell told linebackers coach Mike Vrabel he wanted his top guys in there. So on the last play of the game, as Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson got ready to try a throw into the endzone, it was Sweat who attacked the play and hit Wilson's arm as he threw, wiping out the chance of a Hail Mary.

"I want Andrew in there," Fickell said. "And he made a heck of a play."

Now to get that kind of authority on offense..

6stringSteve's picture

I'm thinking the same thing.  If the Bucks win out, I think the job is Luke's.  But the Walrus' days are numbered.  Here's an idea, let's run on first down...and nearly every one after that.  I understand the the running game was working, but come on.  My 4 year-old would be more creative with the play calling.  Why wasn't Carlos Hyde in on the goal line situations?

Oh well, great win - GO BUCKS!

Normal Buck's picture

Why wasn't Carlos Hyde in on the goal line situations?

I'm a little hoarse this morning, and remarked to my wife that it is probably more from me yelling for them to put in Carlose Hyde when they were trying to punch it into the end zone, moreso than the excitement at the end of the game.  Love Boom - guy's got the heart of a lion - but for my money, Hyde is the guy I want in there if I have three (or four) chances to pick up a yard.

Squirrel Master's picture

well that was the thing, it wasn't even boom in on that goal line. They used Hall for 3 straight plays. Then braxton had to run it in. Then they used Hall again at the goal line and he barely makes it in on the 3rd play (thanks to an amazing play by Zach Boren. He held up 3 wisconsin defensive players). Bollman has no idea how to use his weapons. and to make it worst, I watched a bit of that Clemson/GT game and watched how a good option offense can work. I know we are not a triple option team but using it a little more often I think will do wonders for this offense and I think Braxton is starting to figure it out. Except a few plays where he held on too long.

I still say a play action naked bootleg would catch everyone off guard.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

BuckeyeChris's picture

I agree... great win. Hope we win out, but I just hope that if it is decided that Fickell stays they still know to get rid of Bollman. Though in fairness, IBALL, the 4th and goal quasi-bootleg fooled me, the camera man and 10 Wisconsin defenders.

To me, one thing we learned last night is that whoever is responsible for giving Bauserman so many reps in Summer/early Fall practices and the first several games essentially wasted EVERYONE'S time and needs to go. If that's Fickell, he's gone. If that's Bollman, he's gone...but someone made that decision and cost this team, basically the first half of the season. 

IMHO Braxton is no better or worse at this point that TP was last year. Did YOU miss TP last night?

The decision to give Bauserman so many early season 1st team reps is unforgivable. 

I have no problem with Fickell getting a 5 yr deal (especially if the NCAA drops the hammer and no one else will come here anyway)...but Bollman must go. 

 

 

Bucks's picture

Eddie Honored.

'61 Team Honored.

Dr. Jon Woods ends his tenure with the tail end of the video below.

E2B a slamming success.

O-H-I-O.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOuWwEkZGMc

 

Good Sunday.

blazers34's picture

hell yeah.  awesome video

TallTom's picture

Carmen Ohio at the end with entire field covered was amazing!  I hope Tressel sees this since he started this tradition.

Menexenus's picture

I hope so too.

Real fans stay for Carmen.

faux_maestro's picture

BTW Dr. Woods doesn't retire until the end of the 2011-2012 academic year in June. He will continue to direct the marching band through the end of the season, he will direct the athletic bands and teach classes in music education in the School of Music through June.

 

I had the privledge to have Dr. Woods as a teacher in the School of Music and I can say without a doubt that he was my favorite teacher as an undergrad. His knowledge in his field and his ability to relate to students and prepare students to become educators is second to none. His presence will be missed with the marching band and in the school of music.

 

GO BUCKS!

Inní mér syngur vitleysingur

AltaBuck's picture

Hand is sore and a bit busted up (I actually slammed it on a good play by the D when they stopped Wisky on 4th and 1). Insuing ice pack blew up when Wisky went ahead. Those things really explode if you throw them hard enough.  My wife was laughing her ass off.

Wish I could have been there for E2B, Hopefully, the blue ice pack shit washes out of my E2B shirt. Actually, I hope it doesn't.

Brax is a good kid.

I have been known on occasion to howl at the moon. - Crash Davis

buckeyefanatic's picture

After the 2nd TD that put Wisky ahead, I attempted to snap the DTV remote in half.  Was partially successful in that in snapped and cut the #3LL out of my left ring finger.  Ouch.  eBay replacement for $16.95 on the way.

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AltaBuck's picture

Awesome...I feel your pain brother.

I have been known on occasion to howl at the moon. - Crash Davis

BuckeyeChief's picture

Ha...I didn't break anything yesterday, but let's just say with my temper, none of my friends wives or kids watch games with me...I make people uncomfortable.

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

NC_Buckeye's picture

Chief, you're in Norfolk, right?

I go to a gamewatch down here in Raleigh to watch games at a sports bar. I never really got this until I moved outside of Ohio but people really hate us. About every game there's someone in the bar who very vocally roots against us. Not Arkansas. Not Penn State. They also have gamewatches at the same bar. Just us. When someone questions them about it they usually respond "because I fucking hate Ohio State". I'm not making this up.

This year it's been worse because the NC State fans have latched onto Wisconsin because they see a victory for Russell Wilson as a victory for NC State. (So apparently him winning a Heisman is actually a Heisman for NC State... pretty fucked up logic, right?) The Michigan State game almost resulted in an incident with some NC State fans. One of the owners had to intervene.

Yesterday we had a treat though. Some jackass from Mississippi was taking delight in trying to torture the 10-12 Ohioans who were there for the gamewatch. I usually take it until the assholes start yelling "O-H" whenever the team fucks up.

Long story short. Hearing the string of profanities from this jerkoff at game's end caused me an unbelievable amount of joy. Almost as much as winning the game itself.

Not quite as good as winning the NC in 2002 but it was pretty damn close.

William's picture

I know exactly what you mean. I used to live in Pinehurst and would go to gamewatches with my dad at a bar in Pinehurst with the Sandhills Alumni Association, and of course there was one asshole bar tender who would wear some various SEC jersey every week, and whenever OSU made a mistake he would cheer like crazy. Utterly annoying and of course he only cheered against OSU. 

faux_maestro's picture

I've also experienced this. In 2006 I lived in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. I would drive the short distance to Winchester VA to watch the games on weekends I didn't come back to Columbus. Due to work I had to be there when we played Florida in the NC game and the conduct toward me and 2 other guys was unbelievable. This included about 5 State Penn fans that got in our faces several times.

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AltaBuck's picture

It's a bit swollen but nothing broken. Yard work was a bitch yesterday but I had a smile on my face all day.

Man, was I jacked up when the D stuffed Wisky on 4th and 1 and the couch frame paid the price. I can relate to solitary confinement during games. The dogs usually hide out over by the wife. Kids were in bed so that made things worse temper wise.

I have been known on occasion to howl at the moon. - Crash Davis

Arkansas Buckeye's picture

Did they have any key recruits at the game last night?  I can't imagine a more persuasive argument for signing on to tOSU.  Great environment, great game, some obvious opportunities for good athletes to step in soon. Beyond the great game, it was something to build on.

"It seemed like a good idea at the time."

Ethan's picture

Prospects in attendance, as per Bill Kurelic

PROSPECTS ON OFFICIAL VISITS
DE Adolphus Washington (Cincinnati, Ohio/Taft)*
WR Dwayne Stanford (Cincinnati, Ohio/Taft)*
QB Cardale Jones (Fork Union, Va./Military Academy)*
WR Michael Thomas (Fork Union, Va./Military Academy)*

2012 OHIO STATE COMMITMENTS ON UNOFFICIAL VISITS
RB Brionte Dunn (Canton, Ohio/GlenOak)*
DB Devan Bogard (Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville)*
WR Frank Epitropoulos (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington)*
DB Najee Murray (Steubenville, Ohio/Steubenville)*
RB Warren Ball (Columbus, Ohio/DeSales)*
LB Luke Roberts (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster)*
WR Roger Lewis (Pickerington, Ohio/Central)*
OL Jacoby Boren (Pickerington, Ohio/Central)*
OL Pat Elflein (Pickerington, Ohio/North)*
DB Tyvis Powell (Bedford, Ohio/Bedford)*

2012 PROSPECTS ON UNOFFICIAL VISITS
DB Bam Bradley (Trotwood, Ohio/Madison)*
OL James Henry (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington)
LB Joe Burger (Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle)
DL Willie Henry (Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville)
DL Alex Pace (Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville)
DB/WR Justin Hardee (Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville)
DB/WR Sean Draper (Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville)
TE/DE Jimmy Rousher (Canfield, Ohio/Canfield)
P/K Tyler Grassman (Gahanna, Ohio/Lincoln)

2013 PROSPECTS
DB Cameron Burrows (Trotwood, Ohio/Madison)*
QB Jalin Marshall (Middletown, Ohio/Middletown)*
QB Malik Zaire (Kettering, Ohio/Alter)*
RB Derrick Green (Richmond, Va./Hermitage)*
LB Jaylon Smith (Ft. Wayne, Ind./Bishop Luers)*
OL Lovell Peterson (Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne)
TE Jacob Matuska (Columbus, Ohio/Hartley)
DL Taco Charlton (Pickerington, Ohio/Central)
OL Dylan Weisman (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain)
LB Michael McCray (Trotwood, Ohio/Madison)
OL Kyle Meadows (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West)
OL Alex Gall (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller)
OL Evan Lisle (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville)
RB DeVeon Smith (Warren, Ohio/Howland)
WR Rob Wheelwright (Columbus, Ohio/Walnut Ridge)
RB Godwin Igwebuike (Pickerington, Ohio/North)
LB Christopher Worley (Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville)
DB Singleton Grant (Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville)
ATH DeNiro Laster (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights)
LB Courtney Love (Youngstown, Ohio/Cardinal Mooney)
ATH Marcus McWilson (Youngstown, Ohio/Cardinal Mooney)
DB Reon Dawson (Trotwood, Ohio/Madison)
WR Shelton Gibson (Cleveland Heights, Ohio/Cleveland Heights)
LB Tim Kimbrough (Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central)
TE Mike Heuerman (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier)

 

So yeah, they had a couple key recruits in house haha

Squirrel Master's picture

AWESOME! Didn't even know that. Let's take them all! lol

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NYC Buckeye's picture

Thanks for this...  I hope this finally sealed the deal on Washington & Staford....

Menexenus's picture

When I heard that a lot of prospects were coming to the Wisconsin game earlier in the season, I was initially a bit apprehensive.  But what a great idea that turned out to be!  How could they *not* want to be Buckeyes now???

Real fans stay for Carmen.

TallTom's picture

need more OL recruits!

BuckeyeFanInBoulder's picture

"Monster recruiting weekend on tap"

Recruiting weekends don't come any bigger than the one that is about to take place at Ohio State this Saturday when the Buckeyes host the Wisconsin Badgers. Many of Ohio State's top undecided targets will be on campus but the strength of the group lies in the junior class where not only is the majority of the BuckeyeGrove.com Ohio Top 25 expected to attend, but some premier junior prospects from around the nation are also planning to make the trip.

http://ohiostate.rivals.com/barrier_noentry.asp?ReturnTo=&sid=&script=content.asp&cid=1284897&fid=&tid=&mid=&rid=

I'd say this game was huge for us across several seasons.

Nappy's picture

That play is on par with Holy Buckeye if you ask me.  I must admit, going into this game I was skeptical we could pull it out.  This is a huge confidence boost and we should be able to handle each of our last opponents. The B1G Champ game is within reach as long as this team continues to improve.  Tree used to stress playing your best ball in November and I don't think the older players have forgotten.  Awesome win!

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jack's picture

and the topper, no cheeseburger and herbie calling the game.

love the combo of Blackledge & Nessler.  Very professional and no "most exciting player in college football" lines. None. They're the best.

 

Go Bucks!!!

Jdadams01's picture

I'll agree. Even my wife commented that it was weird to have announcers that in her words, "don't sound annoying or stupid."

Buckeye in Illini country's picture

I was watching the game in a bar in Champaign, IL and so wasn't able to hear any sound, but I must agree that they are a good combo.  Blackledge actually makes good analysis.

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!

osukdawg76's picture

Love me some Nessler.  Blackledge has grown on me over the last few years, and they make a great combo in the booth.  Pretty even-keeled as they call the game and only get excited if it truly warrants it (Nessler broke character on the Miller TD pass) and give great analysis.

 

I'm a little upset that Blackledge doesn't do his "Taste of the Town" bit anymore.  I remember when he was here a couple years ago and went to Thurman's.  The look on his face was priceless when they put the Thurmanator in front of him.

I, for one, welcome our new coaching overlords.

 

 

poguemahone's picture

Yeah, Nessler always calls a solid game. And Blackledge is the only good Nittany Lion. 

osukdawg76's picture

Nessler for College Football

 

Gary Thorne for NHL

 

Dan Shulman for MLB

 

Gus Johnson for NFL/CBB

I, for one, welcome our new coaching overlords.

 

 

Menexenus's picture

Oh, yeah.  I forgot about that Taste of the Town segment.  I liked that, too.  And I would have especially liked to see some Columbus haunts highlighted for a national audience.

Real fans stay for Carmen.

baddogmaine's picture

Jubilation. I never saw the points explosion coming. Before the game someone posted that though WIS had been looking great their defense had done nothing to deserve it, they could be scored on. I thought that mkight be true, just didn't think OSU was a team that could capitalize. Well done offense (though we need to have passes we can count on throughout the game, not just a desparation heave).

The second story, unfortunately, is the one described by 11W contributor Joe Beale as "another epic choke by the defense." Once again the defense failed to seal the deal. It wasn't just the 100+ yards allowed in the fourth quarter AGAIN; it wasn't just the two scoring drives allowed of under two minutes each (Abredaris was wide open on the second one. Wide wide open. No defender within ten yards of him). On WIS last 20 second possession the first bomb could have been completed; the second bomb SHOULD have been completed - that guy was open!!! - and on the third one, knowing that anything completed in the field of play, even at the five, would give us a win,  we could not play defense without committing two defensive penalties and giving WIS an extra play from 15 yards closer. Sweat saved us, but that was an epic choke.

Once again we play defense really well for three quarters. Really well. Let's distill that down and bottle it. If we can keep that up for four quarters we might win out. But if we continue to play in the fourth quarter the way we have been PSU will do to us what they did to IL yesterday. Dennard Robinson will do to us what he did to ND.

It was an incredible magnificent win. But it was another epic choke by the defense!!!

Jugdish's picture

I think you are right about the defense having 4th qtr. problems. It seems that OSU cannot make the adjustments that need to be made. The problem seems mostly in the secondary where Drayton is responsible. The athletes are good enough, it seems as though there is a coaching let down.

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Buckeyejason's picture

Drayton is the reciever coach..Taver Johnson and coach Hayes run the secondary.

BUCKEYES BABY!

Jugdish's picture

My bad. Thanks.

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tampa buckeye's picture

Wisconsin can score, we can't. Our defense might be able to play for four full quarters but so far has not against good competition (anyone disagreeing needs to come up with some explanation as to why giving up over 100 yards in the fourth quarter of a close game is good defense). And I think that Bielema is a better coach than Fickell, and possibly meaner than 99% of the other coaches in Div 1A - if WIS can blow us out they will, there will be no mercy rule.

 

31-14. You can guess which team has which.

 

" bagoshit"This was you before the game.  Fans like you make me sick.

baddogmaine's picture

Your point is that I, like close to 100% of the people who follow the game for a living, felt we had too little offense to win? I was wrong. Does that make you feel better?

What's your point about our defense? I was also wrong about us giving up 100 yards in the 4th - we gave up 170 yards in the fourth, and in four minutes turned a 12 point lead into a 3 point defecit.

Anyone can predict games after they are over. We were 20 seconds away from me having the final score wrong but my call on the defense losing it for us absolutely correct. And we committed more defensive blunders in the last 20 seconds. Right now, it's not me that should be making you sick - I have zero to do with what happens on the field. It's the defenders who stop playing around the 50 minute mark of a 60 minute game, or the defensive coaches who at the 50 minute mark abandon what was working for a scheme that too often does not. USC. Texas. Nebraska. IL was one bad Zook decision away and a good bounce on an on-sides kick away from coming back from dead and going to OT. And now WIS.

In terms of coaching talk to me about calling a timeout with a minute and a half left and WIS at it's 40, so we're going to start around our 20 or worse after their punt. With no passing game to speak of. What's the likelihood of getting points out of that? Hall fumbled the punt and we were lucky to get the ball back. And when Bielma called timeouts they started in good field position after our punt. They didn't score but were more likely to than we were. Fickell should have let the clock run out in that situation. Fickel's TO was not a travesty, but it was the right concept being done in the wrong situation. I stand by my claim - WIS has a better coach. I doubt you'll get many knowledgeable people arguing the contrary.

I do analysis, not hugs and kisses. Not that I mind hugs and kisses but I think they have no place in fooltball analysis. I have been wrong, I will be wrong again. But my analysis is generally sound. When things look bad I say so, and I say why I say so. If all you want is things that make you feel warm and cuddly then start your own BRUTUS LOVES YOU web site. Or skip my posts.

tampa buckeye's picture

You follow the game of football for a living.....?  Thanks for that line I needed a good laugh.  Holy shit now I've heard it all.  You called it 31-14 at home, at night.  You must be broke if that is how you make your living.  GO BUCKS!

baddogmaine's picture

I don't follow fooball for a living, though only spite and meaness has you laughing at the idea. What I said is that my pick, if not the spread, was the same as that of those who do it full time. Las Vegas does it for a living and every betting house picked Bucky. Stewart Mandel of SI does - and he picked Bucky. Doug Lesmerises (Cleveland Plain Dealer) does - and he picked Whisky. collegefootballnews may or may not rely on the site for a living and they picked Wisconsin. All but one at CBS picked Wisconson. Both Big Ten bloggers at ESPN picked the Badgers. Eleven Warriors picked Whisky. People who pick based on stats and appearances rather than whimsy picked Wisconsin. That we are wrong makes us wrong, it makes some of us happy, but it doesn't make us stupid.

And my calling the defense's performance in the fourth quarter an "epic choke" was quoting from an 11W column. If you find the site laughable why read it?

Rather than criticize others after the fact why don't you make a prediction before the event or say something intelligent afterwards, Tampa? Because what you're saying here identifies you as just a cheerleader contributing little beyond a desire to see your name on the internet.

buckeyefanatic's picture

That tool doesnt believe have the crap he writes, why continue to entertain him?  He is hell bent on being a pain in the mullet and showing he was right about some prediction.  If he gets so riled over being right once in a while, he obviously isnt used to being right!  Just let him bask in his own interwebz glory.

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baddogmaine's picture

Just want to add to what I just said. In the WIS game Fickell called a timeout with 1:03 left in the first half and WIS about to punt from its own 40. We could expect to start at or behind our own 20, with no passing game we could count on (this was in the first half remember, before the game-winner 30 game minutes later) and under a minute left. We were not likely to get points out of that - even if Hall doesn't fumble and we don't get flagged for a penalty. And WIS did have clock-killing TOs of its own to get the ball back in good position. Which is what happened. In that time and field position a TO by Fickell was not a great idea.

By comparison  OSU started its last drive of the first half in the IL game at its own 9 with 2:51 left. Zook, with timeouts to use that were going to be wiped out at the end of the half, made no attempt to stop the clock to get the ball back. Had he preserved time on the clock and his defense held - and his defense had been holding so far - he would have gotten the ball back on our side of the field, needing probably no more than two first downs to be in FG range, and a dual threat QB who had not done well but certainly could. Zook did not call a TO. As it happened we moved the ball to the IL 42, and with more time left (had Zook called TOs) might have gotten into FG range ourselves so in hindight what Zook did was right. But with 2:51 left and us at our own nine the opposing coach should be stopping the clock to try to get points. Especially when he was trailing.

In neither case is there a definite right answer. But I think in both cases the situation dictated the best choice. And both coaches got it wrong, in my opinion. I'd love to read analysis (you know, based on football, not just name calling) from someone who disagrees.

TallTom's picture

For sure, I think the way game played out showed Bielema not that great of coach after all. For last several seasons he has shown to be a bully to weaker opponents, but stymied when someone stand toe to toe physically with them  (see TCU). Last week and this week he had the deer in the headlights look in my opinion.

Plus, I think they should have adjusted and went to pass game.  Last 4 minutes showed we had trouble defending it and Wilson can run.  I think got in his head when were denying Wisky its identity of running the ball and they over focused on the run.

We out-wisconsined wisconsin.  We were the running, physically dominant team.  Psyched them out a bit. 

 

baddogmaine's picture

We can agree to disagree about Bielema. A few years ago when the clock started running on the snap he was the one to work out that repeatedly committing small penalties when about to kick could drain the clock. That was smart. The rule had to bechanged back becauise of him. Tressell won one last game (2002) - otherwise he beat up on the apparently weaker Big Ten and too often lost in the big games - FL, LSU, USC x2, TX. WIS last year. It happens.

On the game WIS threw 32 times and ran 29. They did pass more than run. Until the 4th quarter they weren't having much success with either. Bielema had had every reason to expect that the Badgers would be able to run on us - they had run on everyone, and Miami and Nebraska had had field days against us. How soon should he have given up the run completely? Before the 4th? Maybe. But WIS lost not because Bielema made bad calls on offense, but because his defense broke down in the last two minutes. His offense positioned him for a win. I think Bielema is a terrific coach right now - without liking Wisconsin or him as a person. And while Fickell might become a terrific coach as of now he still has much to learn. We can agree to disagree, but in my opinion if I need clutch decisions I'd rather have Bielema than Fickell. (And it remains to be seen how they compare as recruiters.)

Maestro's picture

Jubilation. I never saw the points explosion coming

We know..........ha.  Glad you had some jubilation BadDog.  Everyone needs some of that.  Have a great day.

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Joe Beale's picture

The second story, unfortunately, is the one described by 11W contributor Joe Beale as "another epic choke by the defense."

Actually, what I said was "an epic choke by OSU's prevent defense" (celebration thread). Small difference, I know, but I'm a stickler for details.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

I'm not even sure I'd call it a "choke" either way. The secondary is very young/inexperienced. Choking is what a verteran player does when he gets a step or two away from the apex and the pressure overwhelms him.

The kids in the Buckeye secondary just get lost sometimes, especially in late game situations, which they've never experienced on this level before. They'll grow as a result of their mistakes. If they're still doing it next year, then we can talk about choking.   

William's picture

Abbrederis's second touchdown was all on Travis Howard. Even though it seemed like we were in a Cover 1, which is just bad scheming at that point, he was the one who let Abbrederis go while Bryant went to go help Roby with Toon. That second TD was all on Howard, Clarke should start next week.

baddogmaine's picture

It s a small detail, I'm not sure how small. The plays were carried out by the players. Who, by week 9, should know how to play a prevent - you give up short stuff underneath and prevent anything long or, in the last two minutes, on the sidelines. IMHO a prevent defense is rarely a good idea, and it is bad coaching to call for it when your normal defense has been working. Especially since past games show beyond doubt that we don't do it well. And yesterday our defense in the last five minutes was really really bad. Abredarais was uncovered for his second TD. For his first the defender broke prevent cardinal rule #1 - he let the receiver get behind him with no support behind him. Toon was very loosely guarded on Wilson's second bomb. And we outright panicked on what should have been the last play of the game, giving Bielema his choice of penalties to accept. Prevent defense/ defense - call it what you like, our players did not execute. Turning a 12 point lead into a 3 point defecit in three minutes without a turnover by our offense or breakdown by our special teams. It was all defense that gave up 170 yards in the fourth quarter. I think you pegged it exactly right, Joe: an epic choke.

SilverBullets's picture

Just curious if anyone has seen a closer replay of the PI/facemask of the penalty or was at the game with a better vantage point.  The only one I've seen was the faraway cut of the main shot and it was hard to tell if anything was there.

gravey's picture

Great game.  We need to fix our 4th Q defense though.  How we could get beat by the long ball twice when were rushing just 3 or 4 is beyond me.  Great athleticism will do #2 no good if he can't figure out where to be...or how to wrap up on a tackle.  LB's still largely MIA.  The D Line though...wow!

William's picture

That was all on Travis Howard. We were in a Cover 1 for some reason (bad scheming first of all), so Bryant went to go help Roby with Toon while Howard just let Abbrederis run right by him.

Buckeyejason's picture

Braxton played like the 5 star prospect that he is. Very happy for him and hope that performance gives him the confidence to finish the year out strong!

BUCKEYES BABY!

tampa buckeye's picture

I thought talent doesn't win games?  You can jump off the bandwagon at anytime.  Hopefully while its moving.  

Balbert?  I'm waiting for you to come and turn in your buckeye fan card.

Buckeyejason's picture

You gotta chance of blowing me.

BUCKEYES BABY!

Buckeyejason's picture

Edit: you have a better chance of blowing me then me turning in my fan card.

BUCKEYES BABY!

btalbert25's picture

Turn in my fan card?  Why would I do that?  I wanted Ohio State to win, I just thought they would lose.  I certainly didn't want them to lose, and was extremely excited by the outcome of the game.  It was a great game.  Doesn't make anyone a bandwagon fan because they are crazy enough to believe it's possible for THE Ohio State to lose.  Just because I'm not a blind homer who screams FUCK YEAH 5 STAR RECRUITS WE'RE GOING TO WIN, doesn't mean I'm a badnwagon fan. 

Plus, no one ever said talent doesn't win, what was said is Talent ALONE doesn't win.  The offense put up points in spite of it's horrible play caller.  The talent won inspite of who was handling it last night.  That is what Buckeye Jason was referring to the other day.  Plus, 3 times this team has lost to teams who weren't as talented so there's that. 

So, still have my fan card here.  I loved the team through the Cooper years, through the Tressel years, and threw this crazy offseason and season so far. I'll still be a fan, even if fans like you call people out all the time simply because they don't share your opinions of what a fan is. 

JakeBuckeye's picture

I've said it before, Tampa Buckeye's avatar fits him perfectly. Except the character of Kenny Power's in more hilarious than he is obnxious, unlike Tampa Buckeye.

With that being said, holy shit. Go Bucks. This has been insane.

Scott's picture

The quotes over the photos... Are those real? Any links to post game videos?

Class of 2008

BuckeyeChief's picture

What quotes?

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

Joe Beale's picture

No, they're not real. I was trying to add a little humor. I know, very little. Carry on.

Buckeyejason's picture

Seeing Boom tear up before the game gave me goosebumps and got me pumped! I was ready to get in there on kickoffs and crush skulls!

BUCKEYES BABY!

BuckeyeChief's picture

Yeah, for all the comments about him crying during the National Anthem...every race I line up for, when the Anthem is sung, I'm crying too. I've been that way since I was a kid watching the MLB All Star game. Super Bowl, every time. It's in my blood.

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

acBuckeye's picture

I'm with you guys. I've said some stuff about Boom and his bad decisions he made, but we've ALL made bad decisions. Seeing him tear up like that kind of tells me he regrets what he did to his teammates and his school, how thankful he was for another chance, and how TRUE BLOOD BUCKEYE he really is.

btalbert25's picture

What a game what a game!  I honestly didn't think it'd even be close.  So glad to be wrong.  Looks like the light is turning on for Braxton.  He's going to be a great one!

tampa buckeye's picture

Please I'm surprised you even watched the game with the way you were talking before it. 

Fans like you are straight up bandwagon jumpers.  

Buckeyejason's picture

Dude you have fuckin problems. Stop harrassing people.

Fans like you are straight D-bags.

BUCKEYES BABY!

tampa buckeye's picture

Whats your great prediction for next week Ohio State loses by 30?

BuckeyeChief's picture

Alright fellas, time to knock it off...

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

RBuck's picture

Yep.

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

faux_maestro's picture

D-bag is the only word to describe this guy. Sorry but it's true.

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Jason Priestas's picture

Let's all take a deep breath and chill out. So what -- a lot of people (myself included) did not think Ohio State would win the game. Credit to you for picking the Bucks to win. Most of us did not, but that doesn't make us any less of fans.

JakeBuckeye's picture

You need to shut the fuck up. You are 10x worse than any Michigan, Penn State, or SEC user on here. Can't we all just enjoy this win without idiots like you talking shit?

millertime2011's picture

HAHAHA, i guess "Okla St. Glides" and "Huskers Coast" were better headlines than the amazing game in Columbus last night, which isn't even on espn.com's headlines. In the past I would be upset, but now it makes me happy that I know espn is just soooooo pissed we won. 

RBuck's picture

TB & Jason:

Quit the name-calling. This site is better than that. And yes, I deleted your last 2 comments.

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

Buckeyejason's picture

Tell that loser to stop Stalking everything I write.

Calling btalbert and I fake fans or what not, its unneccessary.

BUCKEYES BABY!

tampa buckeye's picture

You came at me first for being a "blind homer" Well it turns out I just happened to be correct. I have forgotten more about football then you know.  Go day sir.  I said,  Good Day.  GO BUCKS!  "harbaugh hand shake"

William's picture

You really need to chill the fuck out. I didn't think they were going to win, I still went to the game. I still cheered my ass off till my voice was hoarse, and rushed the field. Does it make anyone less of a fan because they thought that Wisconsin would win? No. Stop calling out other people because they weren't confident about this game. We're all fans of the same team. Quit the name calling and stalking, it's creepy and childish.

Todd-Not Boeckmann's picture

On the wall guarding the North Coast from all Weasel invasions.

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Meet Tampa Buckeye

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NC_Buckeye's picture

You know what, lay off of Tampa. He might have wrote those things. But I was thinking them.

It seems to me that a lot of the 11W negativity in the last two months has been with the express intent of tearing down Fickell and staff to pave a way for Meyer. Tampa has been one of the commentariat preaching that this staff and these players can turn it around. Hopefully the staff and team stay on course and "we" wind up in Indy.

William's picture

No, just no. You don't treat fellow fans like Tampa has. He's been name calling and stalking other commenters' with the maturity of a two year old on here. That's unacceptable, grow up and don't act like that.

NC_Buckeye's picture

Your own comments in the last month haven't been much better. You've basically been calling the rest of us idiots. It hasn't gone unnoticed.

And by "us", I'm referring to the pro-Fickell commenters who have been focusing on the positives of this staff and team.

William's picture

I haven't called anyone an idiot. I didn't know that calling for better offensive playcalling, while commending the defense is being entirely negative. And the Pro-Fickell crowd? Jesus Christ people here are making this into fucking twilight with Team Fickell and Team Meyer, I just want the team to win. I had no idea that because I thought Wisconsin would beat us that it means I've  been calling people idiots and that I am less of a fan because of that. 

millertime2011's picture

if anyone wasn't in love with braxton as our qb of the present and future, watch this.

http://espn.go.com/blog/bigten/post/_/id/37167/video-ohio-states-braxton...

he exudes so much confidence, but remains humble at the same time. It's a line that most people never master the ability to walk on, and the fact that he already has at age 18 makes me very excited for the future (along with his physical abilities, obviously)

btalbert25's picture

Buckeye Jason, the way I see it is I don't need someone on an internet site that doesn't know me to confirm I'm a fan.  This is the internet, a website we come to to talk about a team we love.  I don't let anything that anyone on here says impact my mood or attitude.  Clearly, others can't say the same thing.  You can call me whatever you want, If I disagree I'll tell you you are wrong.  I'm honestly quite amused thinking that predictions made 3 days ago, have impacted someone's mood enough that they have to run to the internet and call people names and call them out because they were wrong.  

 

Buckeyejason's picture

I agree, and look I said if the Buckeyes pull the upset I'll be happy to eat crow. I think Tampa is taking it a little too personal and a to the extreme. Buckeyes won, he was right, we were wrong..we're happy. Let's move on.

BUCKEYES BABY!

Bucksfan's picture

2nd best part of the evening was how the crowd wouldn't let Braxton Miller talk to ESPN's on-field reporter.

osukdawg76's picture

The more I watch the play, the more I think about Troy Smith against Penn State in 2006...

I, for one, welcome our new coaching overlords.

 

 

BuckeyeChief's picture

Took me some time to recall, but you are spot on.

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

iball's picture

Wisconsin WR Toon, "We handed them the game two weeks in a row. You can't do that." Are you serious bro? Up 26-14 with 4+ minutes to go is handing someone the game, and you still couldn't get it done!

“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

Tonga Buckeye's picture

"IF" Urban Meyer was considering HC at OSU, Does he feel threatened now?  Just a thought.

"go not where the path may lead, rather go where there is no path and leave a trail"

TallTom's picture

I still don't get the fascination with Urban the quitter.  Besides was it really all Urban or do you think Dan Mullen was key to his success?

I'd rather keep Luke with some new offense blood. Maybe LeCharles Bentley for OL coach after reading this?

http://www.cleveland.com/browns/index.ssf/2011/10/with_help_from_a_fellow_buckey.html

I saw the interview with Herbie by Clay Hall - it seems Herbie pushing Urban's Ohio qualifications.  Makes me want Urban less thinking that frosted tips campaigning behind the scenes for him.

dsbgobux's picture

Why do we need Urban? Who was JT, or even Woody Hayes before arriving at Ohio State? I want someone the guys believe in and will not quit on. Urban quit when his meal ticket Tebow graduated. How soon before he has another "medical condition" that requires him to quit here also?

Buckeye in PA purgatory

Nappy's picture

What are the chances we find our way back into the top 25 today?

Fan of bacon since 1981

RBuck's picture

Didn't make it in the coaches poll but at least got some votes.

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/football/usatpoll.htm

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

biggy84's picture

Did you happen to see the coaches that vote in that poll? I was very surprised by some of those names. The coach from Akron?

Buckeye Black's picture

Maybe next week, we are still 5-3, even though our last two wins have been over ranked opponents. I imagine 6-3, and definitely 7-3 will get us back in the polls.

jenks's picture

Probably. Among the two polls, I think Auburn is the only team ranked with 3 losses and they are only in one of them and ranked 25th at that. Keep winning and things will take care of themselves. Besides, who cares if what you're ranked (or aren't) if you win the B1G championship.

Menexenus's picture

Great points.

Real fans stay for Carmen.

theDuke's picture

i was feelin a little ill last night until i opened up a huge bottle of SHAZIER!!!

theDuke

TallTom's picture

Shazier was killin folk!

theDuke's picture

so i switched over to the USC/STANFORD game right after the bucks won last night. It was going into OT and Turdstreit started blowing both teams, and carrying on about how great the game has been and then ends the comment with, "i just wanted to welcome those of you that are tuning in after the clemson/ ga-tech game!"  what a loser.  

theDuke

Hoody Wayes's picture

Do you listen to Herbstreit's show at noon, on Mondays, on 97.1? He's a Buckeye. 

Robert Smith is just as objective as Herbstreit. Nobody bangs on him.

Bucksfan's picture

Did Robert Smith drop us in his rankings after beating top-10 Arkansas?  It doesn't matter if you're a Buckeye or not, that's bush league.

Hoody Wayes's picture

You make a lot of great points, BucksFan.

But, does anybody understand that these guys - Buckeyes - are being paid to - at the very least - suspend some disbelief that they are anything but, objective?

Bucksfan's picture

I don't think they're getting paid to be objective at all.  They're getting paid to propagate ESPN's agenda.  The fact that Herbie is trying to say he's being objective at this point is laughable at best.

Hoody Wayes's picture

Look, I know it's Shakespearean - in a sense.

But, once a Buckeye...ALWAYS a Buckeye.

Right down to Schlichter.

TallTom's picture

I think Herbstreit is good at his job and I rooted for him on his way up. Proud of a local boy done good and all that. Gave him passes on a lot of BS as knew he couldn't be a homer to excel in his profession and frankly respected his knowledge of game.

Before you knew he was trying to show his objectivity and shore up his credibility, but he went out of his way to hit OSU when he didn't have to (dropping in his poll after they beat Arkansas, really). Also, remember how he sat silent in the booth during Alamo bowl and didn't stop any of the crap they were saying with something remotely objective?

He crossed the journalistic line with Twitter war with Pryor and the "relentless fans" comment make him persona non grata with me (he later realized that caused him bad PR and tried to back track).

When is he ever going to acknowledge SEC oversigning as he has become its biggest cheerleader?

Mr. Frosted Tips is like so many nouveau riche- went bigtime and became a bigtime phony. He forgot where he came from and sold his soul to ESPiN. I'm done with him and stopped watching GameDay. If they ever come back, I wearing an ESPiN shirt to the set and holding up oversigining.com poster.

theDuke's picture

Woody, i'd love to oblige you on this one but my girl, who's a Gator fan, even said its kind of "douchey" the way he completely ignores his alma matter. 

but even Herbs can't bring me down right now.  best weekend to be a buckeye in a long time!!

theDuke

Hoody Wayes's picture

It was a great weekend. That was one of Ohio State's greatest victories - EVER!

theDuke's picture

Absolutely!!! For a split second i was having visions of Nebraska but it quickly faded to fond memories of Germaine to Boston. 

theDuke

Hoody Wayes's picture

Me, too! I was really scared there, for a second.

741's picture

I love the ones that end like that. Great game, great win. Top three game in the 'Shoe in my lifetime.

Maestro's picture

Looks like I picked the right day not to be on the site much. 

Sheesh, let's all celebrate.  We won, and have a chance of making it to Indy with a nice winning streak.  Join forces and cheer this team to yet another B1G Championship.

vacuuming sucks

JakeBuckeye's picture

Maybe I'll get flak for this because he is a Buckeye fan, but could we please ban Tampa Buckeye? I don't see what he contributes on here other than being an obnoxious prick to pretty much everybody on here. He is equal to an Michigan, Penn State, or SEC troll to me. In fact, he's even worse than those types of users for me.

NC_Buckeye's picture

-1000

I think your trying to get him banned is just as bad as what you're accusing him of.

Let it go JB.

JakeBuckeye's picture

I'm just trying to make the Eleven Warriors experience better for everybody on here (outside of you, I guess.) How is that just as bad as being an obnoxious prick to anyone who disagrees with you?

NW Buckeye's picture

Jake,

While I understand where you are coming from I really don't see the need for the ban hammer at this point.  Yes, he does get his feathers a little ruffled when he sees people who profess to be staunch OSU FANS pick against the Buckeyes.  And, he does have an "I told you so" attitude if they are proved wrong.  That is just a natural reaction for most anyone with an opinion.  That said, I do not like the name calling on here from anyone, including Tampa.  But there are others using the same language toward him that he uses for them.  And "the chicken or the egg" argument can be made for this mud slinging.  

What this all really points out is that this has been, and will probably continue to be a tough year for the Buckeyes.  With all the crap that we have been through in the last year it is easy to see how people can be a little testy.  I really don't have a problem with peoples' opinions, but a lot gets lost or added in interpretation. 

The absolute definition of FAN is that of a "fanatic", the word it is derived from.  Simply stated it is "A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject". By either description the fanatic displays very strict standards and little tolerance for contrary ideas or opinions.  When someone refers to a Fan as being "blind" or "unrealistic" it is like calling an idiot 'stupid' or a genius 'smart'.  While everyone here is what I would call a 'fan' many express their views as analysts (or realists) instead of fans.  If you describe yourself as being a "realistic" fan that is an oxymoron.  You may say that I am getting hung up on definitions, but it goes a long way to explaining the absolute pig headedness displayed by some who post here. 

Hence, when someone professes to be a "fan" yet picks against the Buckeyes when prognosticating it could be construed that they are not true "fans".  This is most likely what Tampa is feeling. 

As for myself, I am truly a fan.  I believe in my heart that the Buckeyes can win every game they play.  Yes, I will be proven wrong by the outcome of some games, but at least over the last decade I have been 80% correct.  I will not pick a score that puts the Buckeyes on the losing end.  I am a fan - and according to some that is being a "blind" fan (again, that is redundant).  The realist in me may know better, but the fan in me will win out every time. 

I should note here that I remained a fan during the Cooper years and I did not openly criticize the team or the coaches.  Cooper was not my idea of a perfect coach for OSU, but I supported him none the less. 

 

Buckeyejason's picture

+100,000

BUCKEYES BABY!

JLP36's picture

Boom is THE MAN.  I want to be mad at him for his involvement in all the crap, but the DUDE IS PURE HEART AND ALL BUCKEYE!  You cannot underestimate the difference he has made.  Bollman is still dialing up runs directly into the face of 8 and 9 man fronts.  The difference is that BOOM DRIVES PILES for 4 or 7 instead of being stonewalled for 0.  And speaking of stones, our passing game would look far more impressive if our receivers caught some passes that were on the money, especiallly deep balls on the first possession or key 3rd down pick ups in enemy territory.

JLP36

acBuckeye's picture

Said it before and will say it again..... Keep the two Bros, Fick and Vrabs, and clean house of everyone else.