All Good Things...

By Jason Priestas on November 26, 2011 at 4:55p
111 Comments
Michigan punter Will Hagerup shat himself on this one.We'll always have this. (via Mocksession.com)
7 17 0 10 34
16 7 7 10 40

A season's worth of injuries on the defensive side of the ball once again caught up to the Buckeyes as Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson accounted for 336 total yards and five touchdowns leading the Wolverines to a 40-34 victory in Ann Arbor, ending Ohio State's winning streak in the series at seven*.

In what's expected to be his final game as the offensive coordinator in Columbus, Jim Bollman had his offense slinging early and often. After receiving the opening kickoff, quarterback Braxton Miller used his arm and his legs to quickly move the ball to the Buckeye 46, where on first down, he found a wide-open Corey Brown on a post for a 54-yard touchdown to put Ohio State up 7-0 just a little over two minutes into the game.

The Buckeye defense quickly forced a three-and-out and took over at their own 21, but Miller was sacked on 3rd-and-8, leading to an 11-yard loss and a punt. Taking over at the Ohio State 47, Michigan wasted little time answering as Robinson took a keeper 41 yards down the left sideline to tie the game. It would be the first of many times that Robinson would make a Buckeye defender look silly on the afternoon with linebacker Etienne Sabino victimized on this occasion. Compounding matters was an edge blitz from corner Bradley Roby, leaving nobody to stop Robinson once he got to the corner.

On their next offensive series, the Buckeyes took over at their own 20 but went backward in spectacular fashion. After Miller overthrew Brown on a post that could have gone for six, Zach Boren was called for a phantom hold on second down, setting up a 2nd at 20 from the Ohio State 10. Guard Jack Mewhort was promptly whistled for a false start, and then Miller was dropped for a loss of two, setting up a 3rd-and-27 from OSU's three yard line. Typically, this would mean a run up the middle from Boom Herron, but since Bollman was feeling it, he dialed up another post and Miller once again overthrew Posey on what could have been big yards. However, tackle Mike Adams was whistled for holding in the end zone on the play, resulting in a safety and the Wolverines would get the ball back, leading 9-7.

Taking over at their own 48, Michigan would quickly move to the Ohio State 26 thanks to timely runs and throw by Robinson. On 2nd-and-7, the quarterback found an open Junior Hemingway for a 26-yard touchdown (on an overthrown pass that was intended for tight end Kevin Koger) and the Wolverines had seized the game and momentum, leading 16-7 with 3:02 remaining in the first quarter.

A little shell-shocked, Bollman handed the ball to Boom on the first two plays of the next series, earning six yards. Miller would overthrow 6-8 Reid Fragel on third down, leading to another punt, but Michigan wasn't much better as a John Simon sack of Robinson on third down led to the end of the 1st quarter.

The Buckeyes would answer by stringing a drive together on their next possession. Starting at their own 30, Miller and Herron combined for 42 yards on seven carries before things stalled at the Michigan 28. A 45-yard field goal from Drew Basil would cut the Michigan lead to six, however, and linebacker Ryan Shazier would force a Robinson fumble on Michigan's next series giving the Buckeyes the ball again in great field position at the Wolverine 31.

Back-to-back runs out of Miller and Herron moved the chains before Braxton worked his magic on 1st-and-10 from the 19, slicing the Wolverine defense for a touchdown to put the Buckeyes back ahead 17-16 with 7:51 to go in the first half.

Michigan would answer with Robinson putting the finishing touches on an 80-yard drive to score from six out and hand the Wolverines the lead again. Running back Fitzgerald Toussaint had the key play on the possession with a 46-yard scamper on the fourth play of the drive to move the ball into the red zone.

Passing

  Cmp/Att Pct Yds TD Int Rat
Braxton Miller 14/26 53.8 236 2 1 147.8

Rushing

  Att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum
Braxton Miller 17 96 5.6 24 1 0
Dan Herron 15 36 2.4 7 1 0

Receiving

  Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum
Corey Brown 2 76 38.0 54 1 0
DeVier Posey 2 52 26.0 43 1 0
Jake Stoneburner 1 36 36.0 36 0 0
Jordan Hall 4 32 8.0 16 0 0
Reid Fragel 1 20 20.0 20 0 0
Dan Herron 1 6 6.0 6 0 0
Devin Smith 1 6 6.0 6 0 0
Zach Boren 1 2 2.0 2 0 0

Getting the ball back at their own 34, the Buckeyes weren't quite done with scoring in the first half. Three Miller completions to three different receivers (Posey, Herron and Hall) moved the ball to Michigan's 43 where the Wolverines took a timeout with 1:28 to go in the first half. I'm not quite sure what was discussed during that timeout because Miller found Posey on a 43-yard post for a touchdown on the very next play. OSU was back in front, leading 24-23 with just 1:21 remaining in the half.

After the ensuing kickoff, Michigan would run the clock out and the two teams went to the locker room after having combined for 47 first half points. The 24 points were a season high for the Buckeyes, while the 23 points from Michigan was the second most that they had scored this year.

Brady Hoke's crew would respond immediately to start the second half, with Robinson and Toussaint alternating carries to move the ball to OSU's 45. Robinson would then find Koger on a 26-yard reception and the Wolverines were in business at the Ohio State 19. Two plays later, Robinson was sacked and coughed the ball up, but Odoms was on the scene to keep possession for Michigan. On the next play, after scanning the field for what seemed like an eternity, thanks to the Buckeyes rushing just three on 3rd-and-11, Robinson rewarded Odoms, finding him uncovered over the middle and watching him escape through four Buckeye defenders to put Michigan back on top 30-24.

Miller and the Buckeyes moved the ball well enough on their next drive, but a negative first down play ultimately led to a 4th-and-6 at the Michigan 36. Channeling Jim Tressel, Fickell elected to punt -- again from the Michigan 36 -- with the ball going out of bounds at the UM 9 yard line.

After the Wolverines picked up a couple of first downs, the Ohio State defense held, forcing a punt on 4th-and-3 from the Michigan 49. Wolverine punter Will Hagerup botched a decent snap with the ball squirting through his hands and was unable to get a kick off before Tyler Moeller brought him down at his own 32. Trailing by six with a little over a minute to go in the third quarter, OSU was back in business.

After a four yard run from Boom, Miller kept the ball on second down and escaped defenders on his way to a 23-yard scamper down the sideline to the five yard line, setting up a first and goal for OSU. Greg Mattison's defense held, however, and the Buckeyes were held to a 21-yard Drew Basil field goal, cutting the lead to three, 30-27.

Powered by Robinson and Toussaint, the Wolverines would again put another long drive together -- this one helped by a 15-yard face mask penalty on Shazier -- before the Buckeyes stiffened inside their own 10. Facing a 3rd-and-one at the four, Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges dialed-up a nifty play action pass to tight end Koger, who was wide open in the right corner of the end zone. Just like that, Michigan was up two scores, 37-27, with a little over eight minutes remaining in the game.

There was no quit in the Buckeyes (BOOM, CLICHE'D) as Miller strung together completions of 36 (Stoneburner), 16 (Hall) and 20 yards (Fragel) to move quickly to the Wolverine four yard line. Boom Herron finished the drive on the next play, punching it in and cutting the lead to three, 37-34. Ohio State needed a quick score and they got one, getting six points in just 83 seconds.

With seven minutes remaining and needing a stop, Michigan embarked on a 10-play drive, chewing up a lot of what was left on the clock against an exhausted, banged-up Buckeye defense. With a first-and-goal from the Ohio State four yard line, things looked to be over for the good guys, especially when Toussaint gained four yards on second down to reverse the loss of one Robinson had suffered on first down. On 3rd-and-goal from the one, Robinson kept it on a keeper for six, effectively ending the game. But, wait! Michigan was whistled for a holding call on the play -- their first and only on 50 rushing attempts for the day -- and the officials tacked on a 15-yard personal foul for a late hit against a Buckeye defender. Just like that, a game-icing touchdown had become a 3rd-and-goal from the Ohio State 26. Robinson would throw incomplete on third down, setting up a huge 43-yard field goal attempt, but Wolverine kicker Brendan Gibbons converted to push the lead to 40-34 with 1:59 remaining.

Needing a touchdown to pull out the win, Ohio State's final drive began at their own 20. After an incomplete pass on first down, Miller rushed for four yards on second down and then, curiously, Ohio State took their final timeout of the game. On third down, Miller overthrew Posey on a post on what surely would have been six, setting up a 4th-and-6 from the OSU 24. Miller would keep it on fourth down, taking a hit while extending the ball to pick up the first down, but that's when things turned sour. Miller was sacked by Ryan Van Bergen on 1st down for a loss of two yards on first down before finding Devin Smith for six yards and setting up a 3rd-and-6.

And then, out of time outs, Miller spiked the ball.

Miller would go on to say that the call came from the sideline, while Fickell said it was Miller's decision. Regardless, if one play could sum up the 2011 season, that was it. Miller was intercepted on the following play, sealing the win for the Wolverines and leading to 100,000 key-rattlers storming the field.

We knew the streak wouldn't live forever, but it's still painful to see it end. Even a speech from Jim Tressel prior to the team leaving Columbus wasn't enough to get the job done. This team dealt with too much, both in the form of injuries and off-the-field stuff, but they fought until the end. You can't take that away from them.

And oh boy, next year...

111 Comments

Comments

LABuckeye's picture

OK... went out running for a little over seven miles down the Arroyo Seco from the Rose Bowl on a beautiful 80 degree day. Gave me a chance to clear my head. Can't really say much more than though the loss sucked, we came closer than I really expected. I am over this season... bring on the new coaching staff and I look forward to next year.

Bucks43201's picture

hahahhaahaaaaaaaaaaa.....that picture makes me feel better

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

DamienJax's picture

I believe this is the caption picture you're looking for. Kudos to Reddit for getting this up so fast.

Go Bucks!

CAAter's picture

I especially liked your last paragraph, Jason.  Even though the team suffered set-backs this year and the record is not good, I want to thank the team and Coach Fickell for not giving up.  It is so much easier for people to sit back and be critical.  

Thanks to 11W for the great articles this season, too.  I look forward to reading about basketball now.

Go Bucks!!

KE's picture

Completely and absolutely correct.

Ken-Yon Rambo's picture

I hope we get a bowl game this year to send out the seniors and coaching staff on a high note.

For those of you guys that complain about the tat-5, coach Bollman/Heacock/Fickell, etc, let's move on. 

For the coaches that will not be staying on, lets thank them for a great run.  We've been spoiled over the years and it shows in the ungrateful comments on OSU boards.  Say what you want about Bollman, OSU has always saved some nice wrinkles in the Michigan/bowl games at the end of the year.

How firm they friendship...

buckeyefanatic's picture

+1

Can't argue with much of what you said here - I especially agree with thanking these folks for their service, be it players or coaches or water boys.

Spoiled fans or not, there will always be rude ungrateful folks out there in any fan base. I will not miss the usually offensive gameplan of this staff, no pun intended. The wrinkled that we're saved for this game might have been more successful if it wasn't their first time trying it at game speed ... easy for me to say though.

Go Bucks, proud of the fight the team put up today.

How many batteries does it take to beat Michigan football?   1AA
Want to beat Michigan? There's an App for that.

Ken-Yon Rambo's picture

True.  But some of the attacks and things posted are quite unbecoming.  There was a fascinating documentary (ESPN 30 for 30) on Steve Bartman not long ago.  Not to bore you with the details, but the subject of that piece was the role scapegoats play in sports and life, and how it spirals and shows the dark side of human nature.  Blaming everything on coach Bolls is such an easy critique on a difficult and trying season.

How firm they friendship...

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

+ a sh*tload on internet points

onetwentyeight's picture

It's not blaming everything on him. It's the fact that he 1. had a job 2. was paid more to do it than the majority of us will ever make 3. with salary that came from all our money (as students/alumni/ohio taxpayers) and 4. he did no by any objective standard adequately perform his duties in said job. 

I'm sure he's a swell human being. But to me I dont see how this is any different from calling out a politician for doing a lousy job, or for company stockholders to oust a CEO who isn't performing up to par. 

 

Plus, I hear there's an opening at the San Diego Seaworld.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

This times a gazillion and 2!

buckeye20's picture

It was a great game to watch...thought I was watching a BIG 12 game with no defense, but very entertaining.  How about only one flag being called on Michigan until the Denard TD and they throw a double flag givng us a shot?  Bizarre.

Braxton played great...a few overthrows...but he has a bright future. The kid has ice water in his veins.  The next three years will be fun to watch. 

Bring in Urbz.

 

themostbrian's picture

My Grandma had some thoughts on The Game. You can see them below.

Gobucks22250's picture

Tough saeason but the team fought hard was in every game and never quit. Just heard that if we lost we would more than likely would decline a bowl invite to help any extra scholarship restrictions we may recieve and to insure we dont get one next season. Im also hearing that the coaching staff will know tonight who will be retained and let go and that the urban meyer hire will be made official tomorrow sometime

BuckeyeChris's picture

Is anyone else nervous that Tress addressing the team will renew the NCAA's "interest" in our program? Call me paranoid, but my guess is there are about 10 violations hiding in that moment. 

bucknut3011's picture

No way it's a violation.  But it does introduce some uneasiness with the NCAA still taking its sweet time on what penalties to apply.  It's almost like they want to see how much OSU suffers, and then add one more thing to just be able to pile on the last time.  I wouldn't have asked him back until after the verdict.  But, Tress is as much OSU football, and OSU for that matter, as Woody Hayes.  He should be around the program in the future.

original buckeye's picture

I'm no Bollman fan, but I'm kind of surprised how no one ever calls out Heacock. The defense was horrible again today, in addition to being horrible ever since halftime of the Wisconsin game. Today's loss is on the defense. 34 points is enough to win.

Conroy's picture

Equal parts bad plays, injuries, and Denard being unstoppable.  

original buckeye's picture

Doesn't explain the poor play by the D in the last few games. Schematically, we've been horrible.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

We face a better QB every day in practice :)

Class of 2010.

faux_maestro's picture

I don't like Heacock as DC either. They got better, in my opinion, when Fickell got more involved with the defense. This year, I'm sure, Luke had more on his plate and Heacock had to take more of the responsibility.

 

All that being said, there were an awful lot of defensive injuries all year and in this game.

Inní mér syngur vitleysingur

BuckeyeChris's picture

It was amazing to me how unaggressive the defense was today. There were so many times I was yelling at the television, "He has all day! Effing blitz!"  One specific play that stands out was the TD pass over the middle which came, I believe, on a 3rd and long or 3rd and goal (the one that floated right over Shazier's head. To his credit it was a good pass, but DR had all day to throw it). I am definitely looking forward to a swarming/blitzing Buckeye defense in the future. 

 

11W staff... any word on "the schedule" Re: the current staff/future staff annoucements?

I see Meyer was pulled from ESPN today, at his request. Directly related to the OSU situation? Something else? 

 

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Saw tweets that Bill Greene sd Nic S, D Tressel, Heacock, and Bollman are all gone.

onetwentyeight's picture

Cleaning out all the dead weight. Good riddance. 

 

 

original buckeye's picture

Agreed. None of them will be missed.

cplunk's picture

I miss everyone who was part of our program, and even more part of our last national championship. Their time is past and a new era is starting, but they put their hearts and souls into Buckeye football for years.

gravey's picture

They didn't go out like punks today.  The same old problems reared their ugly heads: poor O-line play and youthful misteps on D.  10 out of 11 starters were new to this game.   If we can get some productivity out of the O-line next year, our D should be grown up a bit and we should be in pretty good shape.  Keep smiling Buckeyes.  Get ready to start a new win streak with the ugly helmets.

 

BuckeyeChris's picture

True...when it was suddenly 16-7, it looked like a rout was in store, but they battled back. Better days are ahead. 

Ken-Yon Rambo's picture

Love the pic.

William Tecumseh Sherman = #notafakebuckeye

How firm they friendship...

gravey's picture

He never lost to the SEC or ACC for that matter.  I used to live in the South.  It was the ultimate comeback.  Ohioans kicked y'all ass when it really mattered.

faux_maestro's picture

I had a friend that got pulled over by one of Georgia's finest near Atlanta. The cop said something like "people move a little more slowly around here" and my friend said "yeah well Sherman didn't". He got the ticket.

Inní mér syngur vitleysingur

btalbert25's picture

I've been one who never really believed Fickell was the man for this job long term, but he did step in when the program needed him and faced unbelievable hardship all season.  I'm not one to say he was thrown into a no win situation, because he knew what he was getting into when he accepted the position, but as they always seem to do, things went from bad to worse and extra suspensions and injuries really didn't help him either. 

I never wanted the guy to fail, and always held out hope that maybe everything would work out this season but it's just been a mess.  Glad it's over now and I'm looking forward to seeing what the new coaching staff is going to look like.  In my opinion Ohio State will back up a Brinks truck to let Urban hire whoever he wants.  A guy like him isn't going to take on a job like this without getting the staff in place he wants.  

If Luke stays on the staff great, but I have a feeling he may take off and accept another head coaching gig somewhere else.  I heard Illinois is interested and that would be a great spot for him to land and coach.  Either way, everyone should certainly have some gratitude toward Fickell for the thankless job he took on this year.  He wasn't my pick for a coach beyond this season, but I will not and can not believe some of the stuff people said about him on here today.  He doesn't deserve a lot of those shots he's taking.  He just wasn't cut out for the job, but he was the only one who had the stones to step up and take on the responsibility. 

btalbert25's picture

Today, Spielman was pretty much saying, I can't wait to see Braxton Miller with Urban Meyer as a head coach.  He said if you think Denard is electric, no one will be more electric than Braxton Miller in an Urban Meyer system.  Watching Braxton today, his running, and the fact that he will be able to throw the deep ball.  I wish he would've been given this game plan all year, because he would be much much more accurate downfield.  Anyway, we've all heard the TP comparisons or the comparisons to Troy, but a thought came to my mind today.  He's really fast, he's really ellusive, and I think he's going to be a really good passer in college.  He could be the next Michael Vick.  In the right system he's going to be damn impressive. 

I had a feeling from game one against Akron when Meyer was talking about Braxton, Meyer was going to be the next Ohio State coach.  He kept talking about how he was the best high school player in America the year before.  Coming from someone who obviously did some recruiting of the kid.  Also that game, he kept talking about the talent Ohio State had and how they would rival any SEC team.  I knew from that point, Urban knew he could move in and win with this team.  I'm not saying they'll win it all next year, but I really think they'll win the B1G next year. 

Baroclinicity's picture

Winning the B1G next year... not sure it will hinge on the offense.  Defense needs help.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

btalbert25's picture

The talent is there, it just needs the right guidance, plus the B1G is freaking terrible

Buckeyejason's picture

This is way off topic, but boy Florida is just terrible. Their QB and offense in general makes me not feel so bad about how bad ours has looked all year.

Talk about falling off big time..and with all these stud 5 star recruits all over the depth chart as well.

Loving every minute of it :)

BUCKEYES BABY!

DAVE's picture

This reinforces the fact that winning/losing is cyclical. OSU will be back , and soon.

Buckeyejason's picture

Yes, I agree. They do have a scary, young and fast defense though.

BUCKEYES BABY!

Ken-Yon Rambo's picture

So - here's a question for everyone.  Does the arrival of Urban Meyer result in a temporary extinction of the traditional OSU running back (i.e. Keith Byars, Eddie George, MoC, Beanie Wells - 230 lb guys who can really mash)?

As fast as guys like Rainey and Demps are, there is something so satisfying about marching down the field running off-tackle out of the I-formation. 

How firm they friendship...

22buckeyebrown's picture

Urban is smart. I think believe/hope he'll utilize the talent at hand in the correct capacity. If we have a Carlo Hyde, big bruising running back that earns the number 1 spot, then he'll use Carlos Hyde as a big bruising running back. If we have a small elusive Jordan Hall that earns the starting spot, then he'll use Jordan Hall as a small elusive running back. I hope to see more Carlos Hydes than Jordan Halls in feature though...

22buckeyebrown's picture

but what ever puts us in the W in the results column is fine with me

cplunk's picture

Maybe not. Meyer does adjust to his personnel, and all those Ohio high school backs who play like that and grew up loving OSU are right there to be recruited. I think we still see a role for those guys, just not what it has been. We'll probably see more Brandon Saine and less Beanie Wells.

poguemahone's picture

Urban Meyer's leading rusher his first two seasons was Deshawn Wynn, who was about six feet tall and 230 pounds

so yeah, Hyde et al will be okay

What disappoints me is Urban only has one year to work with Jordan Hall, who could definitely be Harvin-type playmaker as a catcher, runner and wildcat guy.

Ken-Yon Rambo's picture

Let's not forget about Jaamal Berry.  He seems like the most typical RB that Meyer liked to use at Florida. 

How firm they friendship...

Buckeyejason's picture

I believe he's played his last game here..if I'm not mistaken.

BUCKEYES BABY!

poguemahone's picture

Right. I really don't want Berry around after all of the crap he's put himself through.

Buckeyejason's picture

We'll be just fine with whatever Urban decides to do with our personell I think. I expect a lot our of Hall, Stoneburner, Devin Smith, and Corey Brown next season if Meyer is running the show.

BUCKEYES BABY!

cbusbuckeye's picture

What criminal behavior did we take part in again? Last I checked selling memoribilia for tatoo's is not a criminal charge, just an ncaa violation... 

TheSupa's picture

Do you douche regularly after you whine or just troll after you beat the most mediocre Ohio State team in 3 decades?  Just curious.

Buckeyejason's picture

Wrong board..I think you meant to get on an S.E.C website..with all the talk of inbreds and criminal behavior.

What a sorry piece of scum you are.

BUCKEYES BABY!

Ken-Yon Rambo's picture

Lol, are you serious?  You guys didn't even win the division.

Let's see you guys take 6 B1G titles in a decade, then you can come onto this board and sing your fight song.

You are a weak troll.  Lmao. 

How firm they friendship...

Buckeyejason's picture

Take your weak ass song and and think about the last 7 years of beatdowns your smug team has received.

BUCKEYES BABY!

Bucks's picture

^ This makes me giggle. Their team scrapes to a win on a hairpin through the entire game and now they have confidence. You'd think they just won a championship.

1 win does not erase the past 2900+ days.

Won it with our issues on defense, not by your own ability.

You let your house get taken over by 80% Ohio State, erupting in O-H-I-O... You'll never trump that, goobers.

Past that, I think there have been a ton of potential trollers who are sensible enough to know when a gift has been given. Left points on the field & even the most ardent deer-tick state fan I know called me to say "You gave us that, thank you."

Enjoy it though. Been a long time coming for ya.

 

Ken-Yon Rambo's picture

+1,000,000

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9E5gPKBD_tM

^ Something like this would never take place in the Shoe.  Michigan fans should be ashamed this ever happened. 

How firm they friendship...

faux_maestro's picture

We did it in '01 and I was there. And it was great.

Inní mér syngur vitleysingur

LABuckeye's picture

As much as Michalum (another commenter) is an upstanding skunkweasel fan you, sir (based on your other comments on this site tonight), are an a-hole.

Muss_15's picture

Let us know when you're champions of the B1G...and not of the "west"

cplunk's picture

hAHA. He became a member 2 hours and 45 minutes ago. He literally signed up to come brag about a narrow victory at home over one of the weakest OSU teams in recent history. A game that was three missed wide open deep throws away from being an ass-whipping of his team instead of a close loss. Gotta love his enthusiam, I guess. Nothing to be taken seriously here.

Buckeyejason's picture

Let us know when you win a fuckin BCS bowl game..their smack talk is godawful!

BUCKEYES BABY!

Bucksfan's picture

Games still count in a throwaway year.  Losing to that stupid team with those stupid helmets and that stupid f'ing QB who taunted after every Michigan score with that stupid cereal-eating charade, it makes me sick.

Enjoy it, blueballers, it's back to frustration next year when Urban Meyer's offense annihilates you.

faux_maestro's picture

 

...and that stupid f'ing QB who taunted after every Michigan score with that stupid cereal-eating charade...

Just imagine if it had been the good guys doing that. Remember the gloves last year?

Inní mér syngur vitleysingur

NoVA Buckeye's picture

the officials let every other team with those pro combat gloves do it, so why couldn't we?

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

Denny's picture

The fact that we were close, had a shot at the end and *just* missed it (deep to DPo), then mindfucked it away (spike) makes this loss hurt a lot more than I thought it would - just like last week's loss.

The seniors worked their asses off, as much as we could realistically hope for, and I'm sad to see them go with such a disappointing season.

But, I'm mostly glad to see the season go. Letting this one float off into the ether will do wonders for my blood pressure.

Taquitos.

Buckeyejason's picture

LMAO at editing his posts with "Derp".

+1,000,000

BUCKEYES BABY!

BuckeyeChief's picture

Well, I'm not going to add on or echo anything above, it was already stated.

 

All I know is after catching it on my DVR is whomever gets matched up with tOSU in a bowl game better watch out (provided we get invited/ allowed and healthy on D).

UM better hope to HIGH HEAVEN they get matched up with the Big East Champion, if not, holy hell...

Jesus H Christ the B1G is awful. What was the average margin of loss for us? If I am correct, all but Nebraska were tight/ within 7. It's going to be a shitty bowl season, and I for one will not be pulling for UM. Sorry.

I'm not for moral victories, but I am proud of these guys.

O H

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

BuckeyeChief's picture

5 point average to the worst team we've fielded since 1999.

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

TheSupa's picture

I O.

 

Spot on, mate.

Carolina Buckeye's picture

Real short, just proud of Fickell. Proud of the staff, Proud of the team.

I for one, am sad to see the Tressel era come to a close. I loved ALL of his and his staffs time here.

I've been crtitical over the years because, I love this team, university, and city. As a former student, and former employee of the athletic department, I eat sleep and breathe ohio state. I couldn't be more proud about how the last decade has gone, how Coach Fick stepped up this year in the worst of times and did such an admirable job.

There will be plenty of time for crtical review of the season, right now, I just want to congratulate and recognize everything this team and staff stepped up and faced not just today but all season long.

 

 

 

 

Ken-Yon Rambo's picture

It's the end of a remarkable era.  I remember some OSU journalists, when tat-gate was coming out, describing it as the end of camelot. 

We will look back at this ten year run very fondly.  6 B1G titles.  5-3 BCS record.  Complete domination of Michigan.  Cheers to Fickell, the coaches, and the seniors.

Having said that, I am really looking forward to the Urban Meyer era. 

How firm they friendship...

michalum's picture

OSU down year? Are you kidding?

1. B Miller, in this game, just lacked timing with his WR, or he would have been deadly. A true freshman tossed in to The Game on the road. Excellent performance most B1G schools would take.

2. You beat Wiscy and small loses to MSU and PSU and Neb was a great game that was in the bag. OSU has nothing to be ashamed of.

3. Those early season losses were sans Herron and Posey, etc.

4. Fickell was hamstrung the entire year. He coached with what he had. He should get a shot at another school asap.

5. Those 5 loses were NOT respective of what OSU's skills are.

OSU didn't play, execution or effort, like they were in a down year, Herron, Posey, Shazier and Miller played well in defeat. It was, and will be, a great rivalry game. Granted, I hate you all with a passion, and I am  sure you hate me, but The Game is the best around.

Miller's picture

I'm not going to hate on you at all, Mich. you're what I would call a "good winner", which almost seems as rare as a good loser, these days. These Buckeyes were better than everyone thought, overall, but the challenges were too numerous and too severe. And your team, on the rise with a new coach and a new plan made the most of their opportunities... Regardless, your Fat Bastard ought to be thanking his lucky stars a couple of plays didn't come off right for us, Nathan Williams was out, and that Braxton didn't have a good QB coach this year!

We'll get you next year, Mister!! ;)

cplunk's picture

You're killing me with kindness. Can't you run out and burn some couches or something? Yeesh...congrats and we'll see you same time next year

Kalamazoo Steve's picture

scUM still sucks. They rushed the field? One out of eight? Nice work. Congrats.

Rickb25's picture

I also am glad to see the Tressel era come to an end, but i lack the fulfillment of that era, we had some really talented teams that did not reach full potential and to me that is a coaching issue. We had a ton of talent that you see all over the NFL, but only won 1 championship in those years. I feel the conservativeness of the play calling, not using the right players the correct way and not fully being prepared in big games caused us to lose a lot of those big games. I feel with the great players Tressel has had at The Ohio State, he should have done better. We were better than that Florida team, we just got big headed and players looked slow and unready for that game, I feel the same about the LSU championship game. He fully underachieved, except the year we won the championship. I am gonna be glad when Urban Meyer takes the job and brings us back to prominence.

Denny's picture

lolwut

This year's team is a testament to how good of a coach Tressel was. With Tressel this team goes 9-3 at the very worst - the man could manage games well. Instead we saw what unraveled in his absence.

Taquitos.

BuckeyeChief's picture

In all honesty, there is only one game I'd like to do over; other than that, I wouldn't trade that era for anything else ever.

 

"Damn I miss El Guapo"

Ken-Yon Rambo's picture

All valid points, but there is one major flaw in your argument.

Who went out and landed these recruits?

 

How firm they friendship...

Buckeye Chuck's picture

"He fully underachieved, except the year we won the championship..."

A pretty big exception, especially when you consider that the 2002 team definitely overachieved--we were extremely fortunate to go undefeated in the regular season, and caught Miami on the right day in the Fiesta Bowl.

"Only" one championship is a disappointment only if one's standard for what the Buckeyes should be accomplishing is unrealistic. It's awfully hard to win a national championship. Think of all the teams that have been consistent contenders in the BCS era, and the only ones who have done better are LSU and Florida. USC, Oklahoma, Alabama, and Texas all have the same one as OSU. And no one else in the Big Ten has even played for a national title.

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

biggy84's picture

I believe Coach Tressel gave the team a sorely needed boost with his talk to them. I  believe  that chat was responsible for the passion we saw today. The  team sorely missed their leader this year.

NC_Buckeye's picture

Just ordered a #99 jersey. My homage to a great Buckeye, a fellow alum, and one helluva role model. He handled adversity with grace and never complained.

BuckeyeChris's picture

+ 1,000,000  That's a great idea!

 

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

+11

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

Northbrook's picture

Nice idea but where is the gray on our jerseys? I guess there is a little on the logo at the front neck but not enough for me.

Baroclinicity's picture

We haven't had gray on the sleeves of the scarlet jerseys since '06.  Drives me apesh*t.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Northbrook's picture

Yeah I know - drives me nuts too.

I have a very nice jersey that is not an official one as far as I remember. In gray with scarlet lettering and 'Buckeyes' on the back, #32. Very sharp. That is really all the Buckeye gear I have which is kind of strange considering how big a fan I am.

Carolina Buckeye's picture

Reality set in for me finally...that the Tress era is truly over.

I'm a mixed bag of emotions thats sent me into insomnia.

I'm excited for Meyer but sad to see Tress and this staff leave.  Frustrating as they may have been at times, they were awesome.

I sure hope Buckeye Nation truly appreciates what Luke Fickell did this year

Buckeye Black's picture

If we have to lose it might as well be this year.  I wonder if Miller had been allowed air it out a little more through the season then he would have hit some of those long balls.  It was a great gameplan if not for inexperience.  Future looks bright with Shazier at LB.

BuckeyeChris's picture

An alternative perspective, perhaps...

While we are all bemoaning (on Luke's behalf) "poor Luke" let us be reminded that the dude got to "live the dream" for a year.

In all honesty, I wonder if he is truly devastated, or perhaps he is eternally grateful for the opportunity, ill-timed though it may have been.

He got to steer The Ship for a year. He got to sit in The Captain's Chair. There were almost no (unrealistic) expectations upon him. Just go out there and "be the coach." 

No kidding, he would have enjoyed a 5-10 year contract, but there seems to be a lot of "lookie what I don't have..." when there should be more gratitude for the opportunity and the dream that was realized. 

 

That said, 11W staff..... Urban Meyer gray box...........................go! 

tampa buckeye's picture

Its sad that you have to get fired before you start calling good plays.  Had that been the game plan all year Ohio State would be headed to the B1G championship game.

 The Future is looking much brighter with Urban coming to town.  The future Conan?  yes....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X36ACwwyscY

 

Now its basketball season.  UNC lost so if the buckeyes win they could be first, not that it matters.  They actually do have a playoff in basketball.

BuckeyeChris's picture

"Its sad that you have to get fired before you start calling good plays."

Has anyone else thought, too, that TP and Tress would have put up 34 on UM yesterday? I'm not so sure they would have. This was solely a failure of the defense. Putting up 34 (heck, 24) SHOULD give OSU a solid chance to beat...anyone. 

Buckeyejason's picture

NO

Fuck You

Brown eyed turd.

BUCKEYES BABY!

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

you're name is too close to my mine and you are ruining my image...please leave

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

NoVA Buckeye's picture

-Insert something funny about Rich Rodriguez-

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

Denny's picture

-Uproarious Laughter, then a high five-

Taquitos.

baddogmaine's picture

The season is now over - I give no value to a bowl a 6-6 team goes to, even if we play and beat an average Florida. In week two many told themselves there was no insult in struggling with Toledo - they were much better than an average MAC team. Indeed they were, but not good enough to win even their own MAC division. In week three many told themselves that there was no insult in losing to a much improved Miami team. Is there insult in losing to a Miami team that finished 6-6 overall, 3-5 in a not overly competitive ACC? Little our team did was much better in hindsight than it looked at the time it happened, which is to say that this was indeed the weakest OSU team in over a decade, just one year after going 12-1.

The same people who saw a glass half full will speak of the riches of next year. If Urban Meyer lands in Columbus there is reason to think that he will evaaluate talent better than did Fickell. The question is what talent he will have to evaluate. On defense Williams will be back - his absence may have been huge - but so too will others who never seemed to learn how to play their positions. We just "held" TSUN to 40 points, to two rushers over 100 yards each, a QB seen as a runner to but three incompletions. There are few rocks unpon which next year's defense can be built. We hopefully will not blow a 21 point lead or let a McGloin do what he wants to us, but I think we fans are kidding ourselves if we expect our Buckeyes to stop Shoelace any better next year than we did yesterday.

Miller offers hope, but he is a work in progress. Bollman spoke of what was done yesterday, and we surely faced other defenses as weak as scUM's, it should not have taken 12 weeks to get that kind of game from our offense. But what also was done was open receivers missed badly. A bouncer to Posey. We can build an offense around Miller, but unless he too shows that he can complete 14 of 17 passes when defenses sell out to stop his running, as Robinson did yesterday,or even 12 of 17 we will remain one-dimensional and stoppable. And with Posey graduated it is not clear who a new improved Miller will throw to, as no receive this year really showed potential NFL starpower.

And as maddening as Shuggarts was it is not clear that our offensive line will be improved without him - and Adams and Brewster. Teams that return all their skill players often struggle when the o-line needs to be rebuilt, and an inconsistent OSU o-line may well be even less consistent in 2012.

I'm not an optimist. I don't think I'm a pessimist either. I think I'm a realist.

Buckeyejason's picture

Well said, you have valid points indeed. Just have to wait and see what develops I suppose.

BUCKEYES BABY!

chitown buckeye's picture

Valid points. I'm hoping a quality coaching staff like Meyer will let these young players reach their full potential and put them in the best possible place to succeed. I certainly appreciate fickell for taking on the challenge but I felt as the year progressed no one got any better outside of miller. (and that was due more to the fact of just calming down as he got more playing time) I'm hopeful these players will start to click after good solid guidance. I'm not expecting a national championship but I don't think a spot in the big ten championship is out of the question with a solid coaching staff in place!

"I'm having a heart attack!"

baddogmaine's picture

A spot in the B1G could be within reach. Wilson will not be back at WIS, PSU has not solved its QB issue, we might be able to lose to scUM and still take our division. But unless our O-line and defensive secondary improve we could  lose to PUR again.

Buckeyejason's picture

Dude we have NO IDEA what can happen next season. To much can happen from now till the start of next season.

BUCKEYES BABY!