Nebraska Notebook: Roby Living the Dream

By Kyle Rowland on October 7, 2012 at 10:00a

Bradley Roby had a prediction early in the week and a vision as “Nebraska Week” came to a conclusion. When the Buckeyes met with reporters on Monday to preview the game, Roby said he was due for an interception. Five games into the season, he had a goose egg next to his name. And his teammates took notice. 

Picture pefect for Bradley Roby.

Roby is an All-American candidate and anytime the star of the team is limited, he catches grief.

“I’ve got to get one this game,” Roby said on Monday, mentioning the flak he’s caught.

In Ohio State’s 63-38 dismantling of Nebraska, Roby did not go home empty-handed. He finished with two interceptions, including one that was returned 41 yards for a touchdown.

He already knew a touchdown was coming. Not based on his prediction, but a dream.

“I dreamed about that,” Roby said. “I saw it. My dad texted me and was like, ‘I had a dream you had a pick-six today.’ I was like, ‘Damn, I’m going to get it. I had the same dream.’ When stuff like that happens, it’s crazy.”

Roby said there were a couple routes Martinez liked that he could possibly make a play on. The first one came when Martinez threw to Quincy Enunwa midway through the first quarter along the Ohio State sideline. Roby stepped in front of it and had nothing but green between him and the end zone.

Ohio State had two three-and-outs on offense up to that point. All of a sudden, the Buckeyes had a 7-0 lead.

The second interception came almost 10 minutes before the half with the Buckeyes trailing, 17-14. Nebraska was deep in its own territory when Roby stepped in front of pass attempt and came back eight yards to the Nebraska 20. Ohio State scored two plays later to take its first lead since it was 7-0.

“I just wanted to make plays for my team,” Roby said.

The OSU defense stifled Martinez's throwing and running.

Disappearing Act

It was a year ago when Martinez led the biggest comeback in Nebraska football history, and it came against the Buckeyes. Faced with another huge second-half deficit – 21 in 2011 and 25 in 2012 – Martinez, nicknamed T-Magic, couldn’t pull another rabbit out of his hat.

His do-it-all I-Back, Rex Burkhead, was injured on the fourth play of the second half and a run game that had been effective to that point suddenly came to a halt. Martinez also was under heavy pressure much of the day.

He completed 15 of 25 passes for 214 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions to go along with 40 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Entering the game, Martinez was being lauded for his passing consistency, a part of his game that was erratic the past two seasons. But through five games, Martinez was completing almost 68 percent of his passes and had 11 touchdowns versus one interception.

Ohio State scored 14 points off of Martinez’s three turnovers. He was also sacked four times. 

“We lost and have to move on from here,” he said.

Martinez was coming into the game off another miracle comeback production last week against Wisconsin. The Badgers led, 27-10, in the third quarter before Nebraska stormed back for a 31-27 win. Martinez had 288 total yards in the game and was named Big Ten co-offensive player of the week.

Orhian Johnson had the third interception of the game. It came in the third quarter with the Huskers driving into Ohio State territory. On 1st-and-10 from the OSU 35, Martinez lobbed a horribly thrown ball inside the 10-yard line that Johnson easily picked off. Nebraska never got closer than 25 points the rest of the game.

“Taylor Martinez did a lot of good things offensively, but turning the ball over kills you,” Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini said.

Etienne Sabino was injured in the first quarter.

Call the Doctor

Offensively, defensively, it doesn’t matter. The Ohio State football team has dealt with a plethora of injuries this season.

Add linebacker and captain Etienne Sabino to the list.

He suffered an apparent leg or foot injury early in the first quarter Saturday night and never returned to the game. He was carted from the sideline to the locker room at one point, returned in his uniform but then came out in the second half wearing sweats.

“When Etienne got hurt, we tried to put it on our back,” sophomore linebacker Ryan Shazier said. “We try to do it for our brother because we’re here for each other no matter what, and we'll always be there for each other.”

Freshmen Cam Williams and Josh Perry saw playing time at linebacker, as did sophomore Curtis Grant. Storm Klein stayed in when Ohio State went to the nickel. Klein had his best game of the season and one of the most productive of his career, making seven tackles, including a sack.

It looked like the linebacking corps would be another man down when Shazier crumped to the field in the first half. He continued to play, finishing with a team-high 11 tackles and a sack, but he had a pronounced limp and held his knee on a few occasions.

“I’m pretty good. I had a bruise on my knee,” Shazier said.


Keeping Up with the Jonses

Third-string quarterback Cardale Jones caused a minor controversy on Friday when he tweeted, “Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL, we ain't come to play SCHOOL classes are POINTLESS.”

On Saturday he was not on the sideline, prompting questions about a possible suspension. An Ohio State spokesman said Jones was not permitted to dress for Saturday night’s primetime game with Nebraska.

Jones, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound freshman, deleted his account after the mishap. He has not appeared in a game this year, but on Thursday, the day before Jones’ tweet, Meyer gave Jones several compliments on his call-in show about the work he’s done on the scout team.


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buckeyedude's picture

I just said on another article that Roby seems to be able to catch the ball. Why not let him play both ways, and let him be the Percy Harvin/Chris Gamble of this team? He's got the speed part and catching part down, it seems to me.
I can't wait until next year when Roby has a dream that Ohio State wins the NC!



BuckGuy003's picture

I dont even know how to upvote haha or change my pitcure!? help

Kyle Rowland's picture

He's told the coaches he wants to play WR. He orginially committed to Vanderbilt to be a receiver. 

BuckGuy003's picture

no do i upvote or whatever

Crimson's picture

You need 50 stickers.  You have 20.  If you try to get there too quickly by cutting corners, people will downvote you, to which you lose a sticker each time.  Good luck!

BuckGuy003's picture

Thanks bud, injury wanted to make sure it wasn't cause I'm on a phone 

Abe Froman's picture

In that same article, I told Roby to live the dream...... Well prior to this article I may add.  Perhaps I heard such a think at Eat Too Brutus and my subconscious spit it out Sunday morning?  9:16 am is when my prognostication took place.......

Basking in the wake of mediocrity.....

LouGroza's picture

Good thought BuckeyeDude ala Chris Gamble. I think they want him to concentrate on DB is what they said pre-season. Would be fun though. 

buckeyedude's picture

Thanks Lou. How 'bout an upvote, bro? I hand them out liberally.



buckeyedude's picture

Damn. I guess I won't be campaigning for votes.



gravey's picture

Rewatching the game now.  Wow was the old stadium electric.  You'd like to see more of these kinds of games, but they're like Christmas....probably wouldn't be as cool if it came everyday.

William's picture

I'd much rather it be like Hanukkah, give me eight nights of presents. 

otrain2416's picture

I was so pumped to see Roby play well. Hope our linebackers can get healthy

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

BuckeyeW's picture

I also want him to concentrate on DB. The offense is fine, just needs more consistency. I'm more worried about the defense (tackling, injuries, etc.) so I'd rather not make any moves mid-season to jeopardize production from the corners. 

buckeyedude's picture

What could it hurt to give Roby a shot on offense? If I remember, Gamble didn't play both ways all game long. And it paid off handsomely for the Buckeyes.



bigbill992001's picture

He needs to concebtrate on TACKLING.   He doesnt wrap up and TM goes for a 9 yd. TD.

painterlad's picture

At home I kept commenting on how they should take Shazier out because he was limping so badly. And then he would make a sack or a nasty hit on someone. I did this a few times only to be proven wrong on the very next play. I kept drinking my beer in silence after that, thinking how sad it is that Shazier is better than me with a bum knee and his shoes tied together. Playing in a straight jacket. While wearing a blindfold.

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

buckeye76BHop's picture

Roby is living the dream...gotta love it.  Hopefully Sabino will be back soon.  IMO Cardale will be transfering at years end. 

"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 

misterbulbous's picture

Maybe it's me, but isn't the Cardale thing a bit over-blown?  I mean, it actually made the front page headlines of ESPN's web site yesterday (not shocking, given their penchant for OSU negativity), but really...isn't he just saying what 90% of college athletes probably think?

shadedred's picture

I was thinking the same thing. Was it dumb of him to say something like that? Yeah, but it did not deserve the front page.

Mix's picture

Over-blown, yes, but I think Meyer did the right thing by not dressing him for the game. Shows him that class is important as well.


faux_maestro's picture

It's also what us non-athletes think.

Your mom told me she wants a Dicken Cidar.

phxbuck's picture

Where is the guy that said we should bench Roby to teach him a lesson 2 weeks ago?

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

As I stated on another blog - Cardale - you're an idiot and I'm guessing Urban was going to say the same thing!  You have two choices - shut the f@#$ up, go to class, play football, and get your degree.  Or, fail out, and get a job flippin burgers!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

Crimson's picture

One thing I forgot about until now, I knew student athletes in undergrad (not OSU), and they are monitored, facebook and twitter, in everything they do online.  I assume the same is true for OSU, so it really makes me wonder why you would post something like that.

bigbill992001's picture

Or.................go to UNC.

cinserious's picture

I hope at the end of this yr. Roby and his pops have the same dream about Roby comiung back in '13 and winning Urban Meyer's first national championship at Ohio st.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

WiliestBuckeye's picture

Roby makes some amazing plays at times, but he also makes some stupid ones at times. Until he becomes more consistent I would rather he focus on becoming a better CB. Once he does that then we can talk about him playing both ways.

"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."

Abe Froman's picture

Are you thinking Roby is Howard?  Remember he is a sophomore and he will make mistakes, but by FAR he is the most consistent and best playmaker in the secondary.

Basking in the wake of mediocrity.....

Crimson's picture

Roby is the best CB on the team.  However, they both wiff on tackles on occasion.  Roby missed on Martinez on the TD run, for example.  Mixed feelings on if Roby should learn a few select offensive plays, as we only have two WRs who step up.

spqr2008's picture

Maybe Chris Gamble or Malcom Jenkins can come back in the offseason and workout with these guys and give them some pointers on tackling.