Debriefing: Miami

By Jeff Beck on September 2, 2012 at 9:00a

Buckeye fans, hello and welcome to your game debrief. It’s everything you’ll need to know in order to spearhead the Monday workday. You’ll sound like a pro, and it’ll make you 10 times more handsome/beautiful…guaranteed.

This week we’ve got Miami of Ohio: Urban Meyer’s Buckeye debut and the first time you got to see the new look Buckeyes in the Shoe. You ready? This is your Sunday debriefing.

Water Cooler prep (Everything you need to know…in one paragraph)

OSU came in looking to dominate from the start but ran into a Miami of Ohio team that wasn’t going to lay down that easily. At the end of the first quarter, they found themselves down 3-0. While Buckeye Nation considered throwing itself in front of a moving car, Urban was busy getting his team’s head right. A one-handed snag by Devin Smith for a 23-yd TD was all the Bucks needed to get their act together. Thirty-five unanswered points later, Buckeye fans could remove their heads from the sand on their way to a more than comfortable 56-10 lead.

Heard at The tailgate (The talk before the game)  

"This team only has two good players, bro. We're gonna destroy them."

Heard at the afterparty (The deets at the end of the game) 

"That team only had two good players bro. We totally destroyed them.…When will Jordan Hall be back btw? That first quarter shook me to my bro bones."

They're Watching YouUrban eyes...they're watching you.

Give that man a buckeye leaf (PLayer of the game)

B. Miller was the motor that made the Buckeye team go. Watching him run the new Urban/Herman offense wasn't always a treat, but it got the job done. Consider this:

Miller went 14/24 for 207 yds and two TDs through the air, while also leading the team in rushing, carrying the ball 17 times for 161 yds (breaking the single game rushing record for a QB formerly held by Cornelius Greene...sidenote, Pryor's numbers are no longer in the record books).

All in all, Miller has work to do, but there were flashes of brilliance. Let's remember, he's a true sophomore, folks.

Also this:

Weekly Snot Knocker (Biggest hit)

Etienne Sabino has always been known for his special teams hits:




And he continued that reckless disregard for self in the first quarter against the RedHawks. On a quick cross pass from QB Zac Dysert to WR Andy Cruse, Sabino launched his cranium straight into that of Cruse, sending the wide receiver violently to the turf as onlookers in the Shoe gasped in awe and wonderment.

Something tells me Sabino might be a regular in this section of the debriefing this season.

Did you see that?! (Play of the game)

This isn't even a question.



Devin Smith, 23-yard TD. One hand used, one hand waving to the ladies.

When you sank into your chair (The moment Buckeye football disgraced your family)

Zac Dysert was great this game, particularly in the first half. His 58-yard connection down the middle to WR Dawon Scott and subsequent whiffed tackle by C.J. Barnett was enough to make Buckeye fans wonder if this group of defensive backs really has improved from last season.

Luckily, two INTs by Travis Howard (Island?) as well as 6 tackles, 2 pass break-ups and 1 fumble recovery by Bradley Roby will help Buckeye Nation (and Urban Meyer) sleep a little better this week.

Jim Tressel's Least Favorite Moment of the game

Tressel works at Akron now, but you better believe he's still tuning in to Buckeye football on Saturdays. The guy still cares, and you know it, so here's the play that made him scream at his television with as much anger as he could muster while clutching the pillow Jim Bollman embroidered for him to his chest:

Going for it on 1st and goal from the 1 with three seconds left in the 2nd quarter!!!!!!!! 

Carlos Hyde was subsequently stuffed at the goal line and Tressel immediately called Urban to say, "GO FOR THE FG NEXT TIME!!...AND SO FORTH!"

What you texted your friend at the end of each quarter

First: WTF

Second: Is Devin Smith's jersey available?

Third: Why aren't we up by more? Is Braxton OK? You seeing this OU-PSU game?

Fourth: I'll take it.

It was over when

Braxton rumbled for 65 yards into the end zone (complete with a devastating stutter step) to put the Buckeyes up 28-3. Urban Meyer burned North Faces and khakis in celebration and Buckeye fans were finally able to breathe easy.

This has been your Miami (OH) debriefing...end transmission.


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gumtape's picture

Does carlos hyde remind anyone of carlos snow? Maybe it is just because they have the same name, but also the way his head bobs when he runs.

High and tight boo boo

SPreston2001's picture

Slow start but good game overall. Passing defense needs some work. Got beat on too many long plays.

NYC Buckeye's picture

Yea I agree, had Miami not made mistakes, it could have been 14-0 early on... Lots of coverage miscues, or guys getting beat one on one...  Let's hold off on the "Howard island" for another week or so... Lol

Denny's picture

"That first quarter shook me to my bro bones."



theDuke's picture

derp.  "tuesday" workday... this week only.


1stYrBuckIClub's picture

I tried to text a co-worker at the end of the first quarter 'Right now, we suck' but never seem to get texts or calls to send in Ohio Stadium. Text failed, and by the time I discovered it didn't go through, we were up 21-3. 

wahoobuck's picture

"North Faces and khakis"
Gives me flashbacks to my High School years in Metro Detroit. Were any DMB CD's thrown in there?

This is my house, I have to defend it

Crimson's picture

You need to stop the love for Howard.  He missed in coverage quite a few times and missed at least one tackle.  Roby is the only stud CB at the moment.  Also, the 2nd(?) pick for Howard should go to Simon.  One second longer and Dysert would be on the ground.

rlyle6's picture

Most people would say that 2 INT's translates into a good game. There were coverage issues the entire day, and plenty of blame to go around. Singling out Howard after the performance of our entire secondary makes no justifiable sense.

Crimson's picture

I'll praise Howard for 2 INT's when they are his accomplishments for jumping a route rather than being forced by others.  Again, I see one as Simon's, and I don't remember the other well.  I saw a bunch of blown plays by Howard, more than anyone else.  He didn't wrap up on at least one play, and he just got beat on several others.  If you didn't see this, then give me some evidence that he played as well as Roby and caused the interceptions that he got.
Edited: What's with the tone?

Crimson's picture

I'll clarify one point.  Roby played well all night.  I'm not comparing Howard's picks with Roby's fumble recovery.  Roby simply played a great game.  I don't think the two are comparable, with the missed plays Howard had, even with 2 INT's.

Jdadams01's picture

The first long pass Miami had is squarely on Howard. Gave me flashbacks to last season. 

schooey's picture

Man, Smith caught that ball one-handed and back-handed and turned it around and tucked it in still with one hand all while falling down backwards to forwards. WTF!

ODEEZ330's picture

the long passes wre the entire secondary's fault. since we really dont know whos responsibility was what we dont know who did what wrong so to blame howard for anything is irresponsible. i thought howard had a great game right place right time on 2 plays. he jumped in front of the receiver on the 2nd one that was a rushed throw but he jumped in front. i'm worried about the safeties i thought both corners were impressive

stark county football

Crimson's picture

You are right.  Just found the video, and he did step in front.  I thought he was just standing there on a bad throw (maybe I'll hold out on that being his other pick).  However, Simon has two hands on Dysert and Dysert is on his way to the ground.  Not one person on this site (I haven't checked all of the blogs, but at least comments on the stores) has given any credit to Simon.  Rip me if you like for pointing out that Howard whiffed on a bunch of plays (including a tackle he didn't wrap up that you cannot blame on the rest of the secondary), but I give Simon credit, and I cannot believe that others do not.  5:32

buckz4evr's picture

@Crimson  How can you not give Howard credit for that INT?  To downplay it, you would have to downplay most of the INTs in football, including the pros.  As ODEE said, he was in the right place at the right time.  If that's the case, why not discredit most of the long runs by running backs and quarterbacks (including Miller) when they are not touched by anyone within the first 15yds?

Crimson's picture

Watch the video I posted to ODEE.  If I have to give credit to one person for that pick, it's Simon.
I think your assertion is silly, because I would be saying, "look at those great blocks!"  I'd still be upset that the blockers got completely ignored.  That being said, blockers are frequently ignored, but people who cause bad throws usually get some credit.  Simon got none here.  That's why I keep pointing it out.

rlyle6's picture

One thing you might want to remember, or maybe you aren't that familiar yet... Football is a team sport. Rarely - I would say never - is one player solely responsible for the outcome of a single play. Not sure what your beef is with Howard, but the guy played a good game.

Crimson's picture

Sorry, never knew it was a team sport.

Matt F's picture

This post was glorious.  Loving the debrief.