Saturday Night's Alright for a Rout

By Kyle Rowland on October 7, 2012 at 4:00a
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Braxton Miller spent the night eluding Nebraska defenders.
7 28 14 14 63
14 10 7 7 38

One thing is certain, the Ohio State-Nebraska game was offensive. For some it meant a considerable amount of points were scored. Others would define it as upsetting. Defense went out the window on Saturday night in Ohio Stadium as the Buckeyes and Cornhuskers combined to score 101 points.

Ohio State’s resounding 63-38 victory sent a message to an already suffering Big Ten. Urban Meyer’s offense is taking hold and the catalyst, Braxton Miller, is only a sophomore.

“We have a quarterback, obviously, that's kind of ridiculous running the ball,” Meyer said.

Miller already broke the school record for rushing yards by a quarterback in the season opener. Then, on Saturday, he shattered it, running for 186 yards. The highlight added to an ever-growing Heisman campaign was a 72-yard second-quarter run that sparked the Ohio State offense.

“I was just handing off the ball to Carlos (Hyde),” Miller said.  “It was my chance to get the ball, so I'm going to try to make something happen with it.”

The Buckeyes were trailing 17-7 at the time with the only touchdown coming on a Bradley Roby interception.

Two plays after Miller’s run – all led by Kenny Guiton after Miller limped off the field – Carlos Hyde plowed into the end zone for his first of four touchdowns on the night.

Miller’s 186 yards came on 16 carries. He completed seven of 14 passes for 127 yards and a touchdown.

“The O-Line stepped it up real big,” Miller said. “They worked hard throughout the week, every day.”

Ohio State started the game poorly on offense. The first possession included Devin Smith bringing the opening kickoff out from two yards deep in the end zone only to be met at the 15-yard line by a Nebraska defender. The first offensive play was a false start. Ohio State would go three-and-out.

After Ohio State forced Nebraska to punt, Smith fumbled the kick, but Corey “Pittsburgh” Brown pounced on the ball. Once again, the possession was plagued by miscues. A false start, sack and dropped third-down pass by Corey “Philly” Brown led to an Ohio State punt.

Passing

  Cmp/Att Pct Yds TD Int Rat
Braxton Miller 7/14 50.0 127 1 0 149.8

Rushing

  Att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum
Braxton Miller 16 186 11.6 72 1 0
Carlos Hyde 28 140 5.0 23 4 1
Rod Smith 2 38 19.0 33 1 0
Ben Buchanan 1 6 6.0 6 0 0
Corey Brown 1 1 1.0 1 0 0

Receiving

  Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum
Jeff Heuerman 2 53 26.5 35 1 0
Corey Brown 3 35 11.7 14 0 0
Nick Vannett 1 32 32.0 32 0 0
Zach Boren 1 7 7.0 7 0 0

The Buckeyes trailed 14-7 at the end of the first quarter. The offense had zero first downs and only 17 total yards, an average of 1.4 yards per play. But the second half would feature a dramatic shift.

“The first quarter was a trainwreck for our offense,” Meyer said. “They came out and hit us in the mouth.”

The Buckeyes scored 28 points – all on consecutive possessions – and gained 242 yards in the second quarter. They led 35-24 at halftime. Over the second and third quarters, Ohio State scored on six of seven possessions, and that doesn’t include a punt return from Philly Brown.

“I imagined types of points like this one day,” Miller said.

Nebraska came out of the locker room and put together a seven-play 77-yard drive to cut the Ohio State lead to 35-31. But Ohio State scored 21 straight points to put the game out of reach.

Hyde finished with a career-high 140 yards and four touchdowns.

“We wanted to really rely on Carlos Hyde a little bit,” Meyer said.

One of the main storylines of the game buildup revolved around Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez and his marked improved throwing the football. That came to a screeching halt in front of a record Ohio Stadium crowd of 106,102.

Martinez was completing nearly 68 percent of his passes and had thrown 11 touchdowns and just one interception on the season. With the Silver Bullets bringing continuous pressure, Martinez completed 15 of 25 passes for 214 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.

Roby’s interception return, a 41-yarder, resulted in a touchdown. He had another pick in the second quarter that helped set up the Buckeyes’ third touchdown and first lead since it was 7-0. Miller found tight end Jeff Heuerman wide open on a dump pass in the right flat. Heuerman scooted untouched into the end zone for an 18-yard touchdown pass.

Nebraska – and Martinez – answered on the next possession, though, with a 74-yard gain on a catch and run by wide receiver Kenny Bell. Martinez ended the drive with a nine-yard touchdown run to put Nebraska in front, 24-21.

But like a heavyweight boxing match, Ohio State matched the Huskers and retook the lead again, 28-24, on Hyde’s second touchdown of the game. The biggest play of the scoring possession was a 32-yard pass play to tight end Nick Vannett.

After holding the Huskers, Ohio State had a 4th-and-2 at the Nebraska 31. The Buckeyes hurried to the line of scrimmage and ran Hyde for a three-yard gain and first down. But Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini called timeout before the snap. It proved to be an unfortunate series of events for Pelini and the Huskers. After the timeout, Miller took the snap and raced 32 yards to the paydirt.

It was the second half in Lincoln when all things well apart for Ohio State. There was no repeat performance in Columbus. Martinez’s third interception went to Orhian Johnson late in the third quarter, effectively ending Nebraska’s chances. 

“We saw a lot of opportunities to make big plays because he's a really good quarterback, but he loves to run the ball,” linebacker Ryan Shazier said. “His feet are his main weapon and his arm the secondary weapon, and we took advantage of it today.”

Ohio State shut down Michigan State running back Le’Veon Bell last week, but it was a different story with Nebraska’s Rex Burkhead. He got his yards – all 119, in fact. Burkhead was injured, though, on Nebraska’s fourth play of the second half and never returned. Martinez had 40 yards rushing and two touchdowns and backup running back Ameer Abdullah had 28 yards and two scores.

“Defense can get better,” Meyer said. “Created some turnovers, but can get better. Pleased with their effort, but we all know we can't give up those kind of yards and those kinds of points and win the game.”

Nebraska gained 437 yards – 223 coming on the ground. Ohio State totaled 498 yards with 371 coming via the run.

For the Nebraska defense, it was the most points given up since the 2007 Colorado game, when the Buffaloes scored 65 points. The Buckeyes hadn’t reached the 60-point plateau since a 73-20 victory over Eastern Michigan in 2010.

Ohio State and Penn State – both ineligible for the conference championship game – are the only remaining teams in the Leaders Division with undefeated conference records. The Buckeyes are the lone Big Ten team undefeated overall.

Suddenly, the path to 12-0 is looking more realistic as each week comes and goes.

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JozyMozy's picture

Feels good, man.

Abe Froman's picture

Absolutely it does.  Starting off the day with Eat Too Brutus and capping it with a big revenge victory for homecoming makes a stellar day.  To add to it, I discovered a work related tailgate spot rit beside the stadium for future references.  Those types of honey holes are rare indeed.
it was nice meeting Chris, Ramzy and NWBuckeye (with wife) yesterday.  Go Bucks!

Basking in the wake of mediocrity.....

BeijingBucks's picture

to be a gangsta!

 

 

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license. ~ John Milton

Bucksfan's picture

Braxton Miller might be a kind of talent that hasn't played at Ohio State in a long, long while.  I mean, you can sort of count him as a QB/RB, so he's in essence a 2-way player.  This is Hopalong Cassady territory we're entering here.  I've seen every Ohio State game since 2001, and...trying to find the right words here... honestly only Clarett comes close in comparison...and that's even a bit of a stretch.  My God, man.  #5 is simply unbelievable out there!
I hardly know where to start with this game.  For weeks I've been saying Nebraska is going to have a field day with our secondary.  That was certainly the case.  The secondary was basically worthless in run support and in defending the big pass play.  Huge props to Roby for a statement game on his end, though.  What a performance!
But Nebraska is a tough, tough, tough opponent.  They're certainly better and more dynamic than Michigan State could ever hope to be.  And though they got the better of the Bullets at times...the offense turned the blackshirts a bloodless white.  Just shredded them.  28 points in the 2nd quarter?!
Just unstoppable.  This is certainly not the cleanest performance by an Ohio State team I've ever seen.  But it might have been one of the most important games.  It's a symbol that the old guard is dead and gone.  This is new.  It's not a type of football that has ever been played inside the Horseshoe walls before.

TennesseeJohn's picture

Ok, so this was a great game. Lots of things finally clicking for the offense, and it was a joy to watch.
I hate to be that dude, but I've gotta say I'm worried about the defense, especially the secondary. Giving up 38 is never ok, even if it is a shoot out style game like this. I don't know, maybe there's just too much of the Vest mindset still there for me to be completely happy with this win.

bigbill992001's picture

I'm with ya, T-john.    Its not Tressel mindset.    The fact is, the players on D, as a whole, are just not that good.    Even Roby allowed Martinez to score from the 9 when he failed, once again, to wrap up.   Whats with these guys?    Are the coaches not teaching to wrap up?    Poor tackling and stupid penalties have been a seasonlong problem.

wmbuckeye557's picture

I no the refs were not responsible for all 38 points, but they sure were quick on the ruffing calls. Those seem to come just at the right time for Nebraska. 

Normal Buck's picture

I thought the same thing on the roughing calls - though I was much more upset watching the Brasky receiver grab hold of two defenders' face masks.

wmbuckeye557's picture

Yeah, I have only seen that called properly maybe twice in my life time. I have always wondered how a stiff arm is still legal with the hands to the face rule. Don't get me wrong a good stiff arm is sweet, but it does seem to go against the idea head and neck safety. 

avail31678's picture

Stiff arms to the mask are OK, but he flat out grabbed one face mask, and had his hand IN our dude's facemask on the second instance....all on one play!  AND, they call a facemask on us (it was, but...)!!
I was irate at that.  Fortunately, we made it a moot point soon after.

BeijingBucks's picture

Agreed Tenn.  hard to see the D give pu 38 but, they are better to watch than last year and the growth is obvious.  Those long runs on our backup LBs showed how thin we are on experienced D outside of the line but, at the same time 3 picks! a pick 6! a punt return! a 28 point quarter! a 4TD RB! 186 yards by the QB on the ground?!  These are all great ridiculous things.  And to have them all happen against a team the 'quality' of Nebraska and still be a very flawed (a whole quarter with negative offense? seriously?) with a lotta room to improve football team makes the upcoming games even more exciting imho.
I hope we hang a 100 on UM and even if they score it's just cause they want the ball back in #5's fleet fingers.
 

 

 

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license. ~ John Milton

pukindawg's picture

I love the direct snap to Hyde with Braxton split out. Everyone new it would be a run and Hyde would just pound it behind the line for positive yards. It's great to see these guys start putting it all together and play with confidence. 371 yds on the ground and an offense that should only improve.
 
 
 

AC1972's picture

Wait till they run that with J Hall and he throws it to Brax for 6...

cplunk's picture

I'm still a little drunk, and I dont know if it's from the alcohol or the joy.

buckeyedude's picture

Ya know, it occured to me, and I don't know if anybody else has thought of this, after Roby scored the INT return for a touchdown: He can catch the ball, and he's the fastest guy on the team. Why not give him a chance to play the Percy Harvin role, both ways like Chris Gamble? At least until/if J. Hall comes back?

 

 

cajunbuckeye's picture

What a game! Watched it at Mid City Yacht Club with 53 other Buckeye fans. It felt like we were at the Varsity Club. The D played great at times but gave up some big plays. I'm not about to bitc#. They kept Nebraska out of the endzone enough to win the game. That Buckeye offense was nothing short of amazing. Simply dominating late in the game. Coach Meyer and staff; great job preparing this team for that game. Congratulations Buckeyes

An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches

painterlad's picture

I refuse to get a boarding pass on the USS Defense Sucks. Yes, they gave up 38 points. Yes they gave up several big plays. But are we getting so old that we can't remember that just yesterday we were all concerned about how explosive the Nebraska offense was/is? That was a very good offense we played last night, not some mediocre turd.
We got four turnovers, a defensive score, several sacks/tfls and the front seven played a great game. Can we get better? Of course. Will we get better?
Ooooh yeah.

To err is human. Really sucking requires having yellow stripes on your helmet.

Poison nuts's picture

WORD.

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

vidstudent's picture

The good: We have a fullback, and his name is Carlos Hyde. We found that out last week with MSU, but we now have two games against solid competition and can say it with confidence. That means two runners out of the backfield, and two styles of running; in turn, that means they can't key on Braxton all day. Our offense isn't the best at passing outside of busted coverage, but it doesn't need to be. It's sound and running 3/4 of the time.
The bad: The secondary does not tackle. It had some luck last night with the INT, and with the right pressure that might work against M*ch*g*n. All this year, however, I've seen missed tackles, attempted stripping that results in ten or more exta yards if not touchdowns, and piles of secondary dutifully dragged down the field by running backs. Once they get past our line it's cursing time. Ryan shazier getting a helmet to the kneecap is not going to help matters, and I hope he's alright.
The ugly: The first quarter. Full 60, plzkthx.
Outlook: ...actually good. Wisconsin cam't score, Purdue appears still winnable, Indiana is Indiana only slightly improved, and maybe we can get INTs off of McGloin. That leaves a certain rival, who we need to stop at the line so we don't rely on a secondary to tackle. There is hope here.

Nicholas Eckert

vidstudent

buckeyedude's picture

Does anybody think Ohio State is 6-0 with anybody else coaching the Buckeyes? We would've lost the last two weeks and maybe against Cal with anyone else.
I loved Tress as coach, but I really, really love UFM!
1)I love how he's not afraid to go for it on 4th down(even though we didn't pick it up)!
2)I love this dynamic offense!
3)I love that UFM makes it a priority to SCORE TOUCHDOWNS, instead of field goals.
4)I love how UFM likes his punter the least(even though Basil made a GREAT TD saving tackle. Nice job Drew!), as opposed to how Tressel liked him the most!
Keep in mind folks, this team has not played it's best game yet. And by that I mean a complete game, on offense and defense. When they do, look out! I hope it comes against Michelin or Wisconsin.
Oh, and one other thing: I noticed Storm Klein had some key tackles in an area where we've been lacking. LBs.
 

 

 

BuckeyeBoyer85's picture

That was punter Ben Buchanan with the TD saving trip-up tackle.

Wayne Woodrow Hayes

buckeyedude's picture

Ahhh. ***shaking my head*** Getting my kickers mixed up. Thanks for the correction.

 

 

NC_Buckeye's picture

BTW, I think Buchanan would have converted that fake punt if he had not feigned a kicking motion and instead just ran. JMO.

TheBadOwl's picture

Not to say that Buchanan isn't athletic, because he clearly is, but Johnny Townsend is an athletic freak. I hope we see that fake when he's our punter, especially since he allegedly runs a 4.5 40.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

buckeyebart's picture

With all due respect, D must get better. So far not seeing it and if this doesn't change Coach Luke will be looking for a job. I understand Urb is now sitting in on defense meeting and watching what and how the game plan is being implemented. The one thing about Urb is he learned from a couple of great coaches ( Bruce, Holtz ) that you as a whole are only as good as your assistant coaches. Our D has not been as good since Luke has got more involved. Please pick it up Coach Luke, we love home grown guys and want to see you succeed, but this is not Silver Bullet, smash mouth, kick your ass Buckeye Defense.
Great win though, Brax and Los were dynamic. And really gotta love Kenny G's cameo appearances with out loosing a beat.

buckeyedude's picture

Agree about Kenny G. Wish they could find a spot for him to play more. Maybe as a wideout and do a flea flicker or something?
 

 

 

Poison nuts's picture

You know what - I've thought that as well. I'd love to see him in there more somehow...on the other hand, I think they'll keep him out in order to make sure he's healthy if anything should happen to Braxton.
I'd still like to see them bring both QBs at the same time & see if it would confuse the hell out whoever we were playing & what kind of plays could come from it.

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

741's picture

True freshman Josh Perry did a very nice job substituting in at LB for Sabino when he got injured. Also, courageous game by Shazier playing through injury - looked like he could barely walk at times but he sucked it up and kept making plays.

ellspar's picture

It is good that the defense didn't have a perfect game. I don't want the team so overconfident they don't come to play against Indiana

741's picture

Anyone know if Braxton now holds the real single game QB rushing record at Ohio State, or just with certain accomplishments vacated? I swear TP had at least one 200+ yards rushing game, but I'm not sure.

Abe Froman's picture

186 puts him at 25 th All Time and #1 for quarterbacks.  Cornelius Greene had 146 and Troy Smith 145 previously.  TP is way down the list at 110 yards, but they may have cleaned up the records from 2010.

Basking in the wake of mediocrity.....

TheBadOwl's picture

Pryor's biggest rushing game of 2010 was the Sugar Bowl, and he "only" had 115... Braxton is ten times the runner TP was.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

741's picture

Awesome - thanks.
I guess it was just those stiffarms that made it seem like TP was such a dominant runner. The way things are going Braxton should obliterate the OSU QB rushing records. 

painterlad's picture

Think about that for a second...186 rushing yards in a game and there are 24 examples where someone at Ohio State has done better. Now there may only be a matter of 10 yards that separate #25 from #15, but that is still a wicked good sign of the runners The Ohio State University has had throughout the years.

To err is human. Really sucking requires having yellow stripes on your helmet.

Jdadams01's picture

Do we know exactly what the Sabino injury is? Overall I'm pleased. Obviously, the D worries me to a point, but it's nice to see that this team can win both shootouts and physical, defensive games. On the road and at home. I still don't think we go 12-0, but things are certainly looking grim for the future if you're the rest of the Big Ten. Hoping last night was a recruiting bump, too!

741's picture

Don't know. He was walking but not running, off of the field at the half I believe. I didn't look for him at the end of the game.

Statutoryglory's picture

Its amazing how thin we are at lb and s. It was a bit frightening to look up and see Perry and domicone out there. Hell its still weird to be happy to see Klein playing because he actually made a tackle on a play. I can't wait till the '12 and '13 defensive recruits are ready to play.

buckeyedude's picture

Klein had 7 tackles, one for a sack.

 

 

Ahh Saturday's picture

OSU will not face another offense this season as perfectly designed to exploit our weakness on defense.  We looked bad at times, giving up too many big plays.  But the D made big plays as well.  Count me as one of the old guys who would rather watch the Buckeyes win a a game 31-6 than 63-38.  But still, it's a 25 point win either way over a tough opponent.  Take it an be happy, really happy.

johnblairgobucks's picture

I don't know, man.  Michig*n's offense can be explosive, Deenard's fast and he has capable WR's.  If Michig*n plays turnover light, they can be dangerous.   

Crimson's picture

If Michig*n plays turnover light, they can be dangerous.

So, it's an easy win then?

avail31678's picture

True.  BUT, our secondary gets picks.  And our D-line is starting to get more and more pressure each game we play.  And Denard had like 4 picks against 'Bama.  I'm thinking we could give Denard a rough day. 

NC_Buckeye's picture

Rewatch the Mich-ND game. Robinson can not throw a ball to save his soul. Doesn't matter how good his receivers are.
Martinez, Burkhead, Abdullah. Michigan does not have that combination that is designed to spread out a defense. 

buckeye76BHop's picture

Go Bucks!

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."
"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."
Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

Menexenus's picture

My dad and I were wondering why Meyer didn't put Kenny G. into the game at the end, particularly the final drive when everyone knew we were going to just keep handing it off to kill the clock.  Why did Braxton have to be in for that?  Kenny can hand off just as well as Braxton. 

Real fans stay for Carmen.

buckeyedude's picture

Great point! I had not thought of that. I was so amped up, hoping we'd score another TD(which we did), didn't even think of bringing Kenny back in. Kind of wished they had.

 

 

BeijingBucks's picture

I was wondering why hyde was in for that matter

 

 

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license. ~ John Milton

Nuclear Buckeye's picture

I'm really loving R. Smith. He's definitely made the most of his game time this year. I hope he gets more touches. Not because Hyde gets hurt, but in a blowout or when Hyde needs a breather. Just hope the fumble bug stays away from him!
 

"I don't know where I'm at, but it better not be f***ing Mi***gan!"

BuckGuy003's picture

If it was me I would keep brax in there to enjoy the victory, he worked hard and deserved to play till the clock hit zero

dtanmango's picture

Quite ironic, let's do this.

-dtan