Miller, Boom Dance to Victory over the Hoosiers

By Sarah on November 5, 2011 at 3:12p

Well, it wasn't the typical cupcake-devouring of Indiana that we had wanted. Ohio State started the game off as if someone had bought them many rounds of Patron the night before, and it wasn't until the fourth quarter that they were finally able to put away the pesky Hoosiers and their 112% third-down conversion rate. 

Thanks to the sweet moves of Braxton Miller and Boom Herron, Ohio State rode to the 34-20 win, their third straight, giving them a winning conference record for the first time this season. Also, yay bowl eligibility! 

Take it away, Black Keys. 


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Powers's picture

LOL Denard.... 1st and goal and the 3 and couldn't put it in

Menexenus's picture

Wow...  I enjoy watching the Wolverines lose as much as any Buckeye fan.  (See my avatar for confirmation.)  But they totally got robbed by the refs at the end of that game.

Real fans stay for Carmen.

Colin's picture

I copied my comment from the game thread (because I can and I want to say it again).

I don't think we can judge anything from this game besides that Miller is an excellent runner and Hyde deserves more carries.

I think it was just a letdown after a very emotional game. That's it. I don't expect a similar performance the rest of the season.

...and LOL at Michigan.

The Vest-er's picture

Hey! I read that in the game thread. I'm reporting you to the 11w home office.

Fundamentals are a crutch for the talentless.

Colin's picture

But but but no one will post in the game thread since we now have this one...and people need to hear what I have to say!

poguemahone's picture

Good: Three rushers over 100, Hyde and Herron are confirmed beasts, front four is still a pack of f--- lions.

Bad: Entire OL getting whipped by IU's 230 pound DEs and 250 pound DTs in pass protection. Ugly. Wonder why an NFL team would even hire Bollman as a consultant, let alone a coach.

Ugly: That secondary play. Woof. Quoth the Vrabel: "THIS IS SHIT". 

BuckeyeChief's picture


"2014 National with it!!!"

Bobcat04's picture

We are officially Army.  Completely unbalanced offense, with 55 pass yards to go along with 3 backs over 100.  Brax will never survive if he continually has to be a running back that takes snaps.  He's shown that he has some touch, we just don't have the coaching personnel.  Looking forward to a new set of offensive coaches...

AcrossTheField11's picture

Eh.. questionable call.  They robbed themselves by not catching the pass on that next play when deNARD was almost sacked.


Time and change will surely show how firm they friendship... O-HI-O.

Buckeye Chuck's picture

All wins are good wins. But

1) I think we had all hoped this game would be a nice, low-pressure game that would allow us to work on the passing attack. Not only did that not happen, but the ridiculous number of sacks were a worrisome sign as things will get tougher going forward.

2) A team with a freshman QB and some injuries to their WR corps moved the ball on the Buckeye defense way too easily. I don't know if we're not playing the right guys in the back 7 or what the problem is.

You usually didn't see Tressel teams with this sort of effort in November (yeah, there was the loss to Illinois in '07, but the Illini weren't winless at the time; in fact they went to the Rose Bowl), so I'm reluctant to just write it off as "they let down after a big win; they will be fine."

Inother news, TTUN sure learned the meaning of the term "home field advantage" at the end of their game today.


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

Tonga Buckeye's picture

I had the game 42-6, boy did I mess all over myself!  

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

poguemahone's picture

What's this about Rod Smith playing D? When and where did this happen?

Colin's picture

A few weeks ago the talk from the coaching staff was Smith had switched to linebacker. Given his size and speed, and his place on the depth chart it was kind of a surprise but not much. But recently I heard he is more of a support role just because of how thin we are at that position, and could still work out at both LB and RB. 

nickma71's picture

I didn't get to see the game, and only saw limited highlights on the BTN halftime. I saw Indiana having 8 in the box on a run. Then they somehow played great and made the stop in the backfield. And I followed with gamecast. OSU won from big plays on the ground. I am guessing that Indiana continued to cheat on defense, and that is where the big plays came from. I think Ficklell has potential to be as good as Tressel, but better. Better because he believes in agression, which is what I was hoping for.  

tampa buckeye's picture

3 things.  

More number 10 on defense.

Passing game needs to improve.  

Defense is terrible.  

faux_maestro's picture

I agree mostly except I don't think the defense is terrible, just inconsistant. Youth will do that.

Your mom told me she wants a Dicken Cidar.

BuckeyeFanInBoulder's picture

Terrible is a bit strong.  They were terrific last week.  They are young.

Interrobanged's picture

It seems the D does well in man coverage, but gets owned in Zone

BuckeyeChris's picture

What we learned today: 

This is a young and talented team. On any play something wonderful or something horrible could happen.


They could win out. They could lose out. 


They'll be better next year than they are this year (and better still in 2013). 



And, in general, what we've learned during the season IMHO: 

It is more important that the entire offensive coaching staff is replaced next year than the head coach. 

BuckeyeFanInBoulder's picture

I'll use the "2 Pros for every Con" approach to try to stay positive.


  • I liked seeing some new passing plays attempted this week.  They are starting to open up the playbook for Braxton, and I hope to see our passing game vastly improved next year.
  • It was great to see Hyde getting more time today.
  • This secondary loves to hit hard.  Roby in particular had a great hit today.
  • Howard still concerns me with his coverage but the replay showed he played smart on the INT.


  • We almost always defend poorly against spread option and mobile QBs.  This is a trend that needs to die.
  • The passing game needs a lot of improvement in all areas.  Our receivers must start catching close balls... we have a lot of drops this season (esp Philly) on very catchable balls.  They must also start getting open when there are 9 defenders in the box... this has been happening all season as well.  Braxton needs to get smarter back there... he took some sacks he should not have today.  Bollman needs to start calling shorter routes to get the ball out quicker... Miller is less likely to hold it too long and take a sack on short routes.
faux_maestro's picture

Happy to see Hyde running well today, well deserved. Shorter routes (slants, 5-10 yard outs) and getting Posey back will be great.

Your mom told me she wants a Dicken Cidar.

Matt's picture

Braxton's 81 yard TD run was longest by a QB in FBS division this year, sixth longest in OSU history for all runners, and longest all time by Ohio State QB.

BuckeyeChris's picture

We need a "Like" button on here! Go B. Miller! 

Sgt. Elias's picture

"Okay -- I've got an El Camino full of rampage here." 

Buckeye06's picture

On the plus....Wisky is running all over Purdue so I expect the same next week out of us

BuckeyeChief's picture

Ball's gotta be the B1G Offensive POY. Suprised there isn't much Heisman hype for him.

"2014 National with it!!!"

Menexenus's picture

So far, this has been "surprise challenge" week in the Big Ten:

- Indiana played us closely for 3 quarters

- Iowa beat Michigan

- Minnesota almost beat Michigan State

- Northwestern is currently beating Nebraska


Unfortunately, Wisconsin decided not to play along with this theme - they are crushing Purdue.

Real fans stay for Carmen.

ajbosu1's picture

Wilson is a good coach and they played hard against us. Wish it would have been prettier but can you imagine being a PSU fan tonite? On a day with no game they lost so much more.

dmurder's picture

Head Scratcher!!!

1. How in the world could a coaching staff stick with joe basuerman that long. Miller, is way to talented. 

2. The offense continues to be as innvotive as an eight track.

3. Ryan Shaizer should be starting linebacker!

4. Travis Howard doesn't grab that interception, I would be complaining about how he always gets beat, burnt, etc.

5. The defense hardly ever brings pressure. We seemed to be stickin with the bend don't break defense. Only problem is that we are not a great tackling team in the backfield. 

6. I hate Jim Bollman

7. I hate Jim Bollman

8. I hate Jim Bollman

"We have always had the best damn band in the land, now we have the best damn team in the land"- Jim Tressel 1-03-03

Ethan's picture


To Bollman: "why u no work on pass play against 112th ranked defense?"

741's picture

Unfrozen Caveman OC: "I'm just a simple caveman. Your complex defensive schemes and modern ways confuse and frighten me."

(I keed.)

BuckeyeChief's picture

How many people here do you think remember that?

"2014 National with it!!!"

BuckeyeChris's picture

I do!

RIP Phil Hartman

Menexenus's picture

Me too. 

In my day, we remembered classic SNL skits from the 90s, AND WE LIKED IT!

Real fans stay for Carmen.

Kalamazoo Steve's picture

My dad and I pretty much had this conversation about the very slow to develop pass plays that were called all day. Why was IU calling plays that worked with a freshman QB and OSU insisted on 25 yrd routes? Bucks 0 got out coached today.

Rooster Buckburn's picture

In other news...How about NW putting a whipping on Nebraska??